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About the Energy Program

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


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.


Energy Resources Program Fact Sheet
USGS Energy Resources Program,
Oct. 2010, Fact Sheet 2010–3100

The USGS Energy Resources Program addresses the challenge of increasing demand for energy sources by conducting basic and applied research on geologic energy resources and on the environmental, economic, and human health impacts of their production and use. The ERP provides reliable and impartial scientific information on geologically based energy resources, including: oil, natural gas, coal, coalbed methane (CBM), gas hydrates, geothermal resources, uranium, oil shale, and bitumen and heavy oil. The Energy Resources Program is also involved in studying the impacts of wind and solar energy development. The results of USGS research and USGS data are used to inform policymakers regarding domestic and foreign energy resources and to manage energy resources on Federal lands. Major consumers of our products are the land and resource management bureaus of the Department of the Interior, federal environmental and national security agencies, State geological surveys, the energy industry, and the environmental community.

Energy Program Inquiries

Contact Us

PROGRAM OFFICE (Headquarters)

Mailing Address:
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
National Center, MS 913
Reston, VA 20192
Program Phone: 703-648-6470
Telefax #: 703-648-5464
Energy Program Inquiries Email:

Vito Nuccio, Acting Program Coordinator

Douglas Duncan, Associate Program Coordinator

Jon Kolak, Associate Program Coordinator

Vito Nuccio, Associate Energy Program Coordinator &
EMEH Senior Management Advisor

Lisa Jordan, Financial Analyst

Donna Read, Program Assistant (Program Information)

Donna Beaver Pizzarelli, Web Master & Education Outreach


Mailing Address:
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
956 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Telefax #: 703-648-6419

Dan Hayba, Science Center Director

Margo Corum, Acting Associate Science Center Director
Eastern Energy Resources Science Center

Kathleen Spiegelberg, Team Secretary

Shirley McManus, Administrative Officer


Mailing Address:
Denver Federal Center, MS 939
P.O. Box 25046
Denver, CO 80225
Telefax #: 303-236-5888

Charles Blome, Science Center Director
Central Energy Resources Science Center

David Ferderer, Associate Science Center Director

Mirian Cuara, Team Assistant

Patricia Sprangers, Administrative Officer


Mailing Address:
345 Middlefield Road
MS 977
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Telefax #: 659-329-5163

Colin Williams, Director
Geology, Minerals, Energy & Geophysics Science Center

Traveling to the USGS?

Visiting the Energy Resources Program? Below are directions and maps of Reston, Denver, and Menlo Park offices:

Reston Office (USGS Headquarters)
USGS National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192, USA
Phone: 703-648-4000
USGS Employee Information Line: 703-648-7075 or 1-800-228-0975

National Center Directions

Denver Office
U.S. Geological Survey
Box 25046 Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225, USA
Phone: 303-236-5900
USGS Employee Information Line: 303-236-8961

Airport to Denver Federal Center
Denver Federal Center Campus (PDF)

Menlo Park Office
U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
Phone: 650-853-8300
USGS Employee Information Line: 1-800-223-8081 (Option 1) or 650-329-5555

Menlo Park Area
Menlo Park Campus

For more information please email:

Page Last Modified: Thursday, May 14, 2015


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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."