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Article Thumbnail Image The USGS has updated the National Produced Waters Geochemical Database and Map Viewer to include trace elements, isotopes, and time-series data, as well as nearly 100,000 new samples with greater spatial coverage and from both conventional and unconventional well types, including...
Thursday, April 17, 2014  Type: Technical Announcement

Article Thumbnail Image This data set provides industrial-scale onshore wind turbine locations in the United States through July 22, 2013, corresponding facility information, and turbine technical specifications. The database has more than 47,000 wind turbine records that have been collected, digitized, ...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated mean volumes of 1 million barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable conventional oil and 6 billion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable conventional natural gas in Armenia.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The USGS has updated the Geologic CO2 Sequestration Interactive Web Map to include links to the national assessment results, supporting information for all assessed areas, and report downloads. The update also features an improved navigational interface. As basin specific reports are released...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014  Type: Site News

Article Thumbnail Image Chapter I - This report presents fourteen storage assessment units (SAUs) from the Alaska North Slope and two SAUs from the Kandik Basin of Alaska. The Alaska North Slope is a broad, north-dipping coastal plain that is underlain by a thick succession of sedimentary rocks that accumulated...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey assessed potential technically recoverable mean resources of 53 million barrels of shale oil and 320 billion cubic feet of shale gas in the Phitsanulok Basin, onshore Thailand.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Chapter H - This report presents 27 storage assessment units (SAUs) within the United States (U.S.) Gulf Coast. The U.S. Gulf Coast contains a regionally extensive, thick succession of clastics, carbonates, salts, and other evaporites that were deposited in a highly cyclic depositional...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The spatial and stratigraphic distribution of water in oil shale of the Eocene Green River Formation in the Piceance Basin of northwestern Colorado was studied in detail using some 321,000 Fischer assay analyses in the U.S. Geological Survey oil-shale database. The oil-shale section was subdivided i...
Monday, April 14, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The extent of brine contamination in the shallow aquifers in and near the East Poplar oil field is as much as 17.9 square miles and appears to be present throughout the entire saturated zone in contaminated areas. The brine contamination affects 15–37 billion gallons of groundwater. Brine...
Wednesday, April 02, 2014  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The U.S. Geological Survey, in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the North Slope Borough, and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation conducted a four-year study designed to identify, define, and delineate a shallow coalbed natural gas (CBNG) resource with the potential to...
Friday, March 28, 2014  Type: Publication



Article Thumbnail Image Geographic information system (GIS) information may facilitate energy studies, which in turn provide input for energy policy decisions. Prior to this study, no GIS file representing the occurrence of coal-bearing units in India or Bangladesh was known to exist. This Open-File Report contains...
Tuesday, January 10, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Using a performance-based geologic assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated a technically recoverable mean volume of 6.1 trillion cubic feet of potential shale gas in the Bombay, Cauvery, and Krishna–Godavari Provinces of India.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The primary objectives of this research were to (1) investigate empirical methods for establishing regional trends in unconventional gas resources as exhibited by historical production data and (2) determine whether or not incorporating additional knowledge of a regional trend in a suite of previous...
Tuesday, January 03, 2012  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Two important trends affecting the expected growth of global gas markets are (1) the shift by many industrialized countries from coal-fired electricity generation to the use of natural gas to generate electricity and (2) the industrialization of the heavily populated Asian countries of India and...
Tuesday, January 03, 2012  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has completed an assessment of the volumes of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources in conventional and continuous accumulations in Cook Inlet. The assessment used a geology-based methodology and results from new scientific research by the USGS...
Sunday, January 01, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Despite the growing interest in using energy sources other than liquid hydrocarbons (e.g., electricity, natural gas, hydrogen) in the transportation sector, it will be decades before widespread, substantive change to our energy and transportation infrastructure can be implemented...
Monday, December 26, 2011  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The random function is a mathematical model commonly used in the assessment of uncertainty associated with a spatially correlated attribute that has been partially sampled. There are multiple algorithms for modeling such random functions, all sharing the requirement of specifying various...
Tuesday, December 13, 2011  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The principal mission of the USGS Energy Resources Program is to (1) understand the processes critical to the formation, accumulation, occurrence, and alteration of geologically based energy resources; (2) conduct scientifically robust assessments of those resources; and (3) study the impacts of... ...
Sunday, December 04, 2011  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The triangular distribution is a popular choice when it comes to modeling bounded continuous random variables. Its wide acceptance derives mostly from its simple analytic properties and the ease with which modelers can specify its three parameters through the extremes and the mode...
Sunday, November 27, 2011  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The USGS recently assessed the potential for natural gas resources in the Middle Devonian Marcellus Shale of the Appalachian Basin Province. The Marcellus Shale was assessed as a continuous gas accumulation using a methodology identical to that used in the assessment of shale...
Sunday, November 27, 2011  Type: Publication
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Article Thumbnail Image Akutan Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the U.S. For Akutan, with its industrial infrastructure and need for electrical power in a remote part of the world, having an active volcano nearby may not be entirely bad according to a new study released by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Friday, January 10, 2014  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates a mean undiscovered volume of 6.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Alum Shale in Denmark.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The USGS methodology for assessing carbon dioxide (CO2) storage potential for geologic carbon sequestration was endorsed as a best practice for a country-wide storage potential assessment by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA report announcing the endorsement reflects the consensus...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013  Type: Technical Announcement

Article Thumbnail Image The U.S. Geological Survey recently completed an evaluation of the technically accessible storage resource (TASR) for carbon dioxide (CO2) for 36 sedimentary basins in the onshore areas and State waters of the United States. The TASR is an estimate of the geologic storage resource that may be...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the USGS estimated mean undiscovered volumes of 7.4 billion barrels of oil, 6.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 0.53 billion barrels of natural gas liquids in the Bakken and Three Forks Formations in the Williston Basin Province of Montana, North...
Monday, April 29, 2013  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana contains about 162 billion short tons (BST) of recoverable coal from a total of 1.07 trillion short tons of in-place resources according to a new USGS assessment. This assessment also estimates that 25 BST of those resources are currently economical...
Tuesday, February 26, 2013  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image The U.S. Geological Survey assessed unconventional oil and gas resources of the Upper Ordovician Utica Shale and adjacent units in the Appalachian Basin Province. The assessment covers parts of Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The geologic concept is that black...
Thursday, October 04, 2012  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image USGS Scientist Susan Hall was elected chair of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – Nuclear Energy Agency/International Atomic Energy Agency’s Uranium Group during their 48th meeting in Kirovograd, Ukraine, which was held August 21-24, 2012.
Friday, September 28, 2012  Type: Press Release

Article Thumbnail Image The U.S. Geological Survey estimated volumes of technically recoverable, conventional petroleum resources that have the potential to be added to reserves from reserve growth in 70 discovered oil and gas accumulations of the United States, excluding Federal offshore areas.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image During the early opening of the Atlantic Ocean in the Mesozoic Era, numerous extensional basins formed along the eastern margin of the North American continent from Florida northward to New England and parts of adjacent Canada. The basins extend generally from the offshore Atlantic continental...
Wednesday, June 20, 2012  Type: Press Release & Publication
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USGS Releases Updated Bakken and New Three Forks Oil and Gas Assessment of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas.   The U.S. portion of the Bakken Formation is an important domestic petroleum resource located in North Dakota and Montana. Additional information includes: updated FAQs and new podcast, fact sheet, and presentation.
 

 

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