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About the Energy Program

Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resources Program (ERP).

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The Energy Resources Program is part of the USGS Energy and Minerals, and Environmental Health Mission Area that conducts research and assessments on the location, quantity, and quality of mineral and energy resources, including the economic and environmental effects of resource extraction and use; and conducts research on the environmental impacts of human activities that introduce chemical and pathogenic contaminants into the environment and threaten human, animal (fish and wildlife), and ecological health.

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Energy Policy Act 2005

Energy and Minerals Science at the U.S. Geological Survey (Fact Sheet 2013–3111, PDF - 914 KB)

The U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resources Program 5-Year Plan (PDF - 594 KB)
November 2005

A Science Strategy for the Geologic Discipline of the U.S. Geological Survey, 2000-2010
This report (USGS Circular 1172) presents a science strategy for the Geologic Discipline of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for the years 2000-2010. The report describes seven science goals conceived to address pressing issues facing the Nation in the next decade.

  • For the science strategy on energy read, "Goal 3 - Advance the understanding of the Nation's energy and mineral resources in a global geologic, economic, and environmental context."

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