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Monday, August 03, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey science for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—2014 annual report

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1091
This is the seventh report produced by the USGS for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) to detail annual activities conducted by the USGS for addressing specific management needs identified by WLCI partners.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Methodology for assessing quantities of water and proppant injection, and water production associated with development of continuous petroleum accumulations

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1117
The quantities of water and hydraulic fracturing proppant required for producing petroleum (oil, gas, and natural gas liquids) from continuous accumulations, and the quantities of water extracted during petroleum production, can be quantitatively assessed using a probabilistic approach.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Microscopical characterization of carbon materials derived from coal and petroleum and their interaction phenomena in making steel electrodes, anodes and cathode blocks

Outside Publication: International Journal of Coal Geology
This paper describes the evaluation of petrographic textures representing the structural organization of the organic matter derived from coal and petroleum and their interaction phenomena in the making of steel electrodes, anodes and cathode blocks. This work represents the results of...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Water Used for Hydraulic Fracturing Varies Widely Across United States

Press Release & Publication 
The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new USGS study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Geology and Assessment of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources of Northeastern Mexico

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1112
The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, quantitatively assessed the potential for unconventional oil and gas resources within the onshore portions of the Tampico-Misantla Basin, Burgos Basin, and Sabinas Basin provinces of northeastern Mexico. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Carbon Dioxide Storage in Unconventional Reservoirs Workshop: Summary of Recommendations

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1079
“Unconventional reservoirs” for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage—that is, geologic reservoirs in which changes to the rock trap CO2 and therefore contribute to CO2 storage—including coal, shale, basalt, and ultramafic rocks, were the focus of a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) workshop held March 28 and 29, 2012, at the National Conservation Training Center in...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Surface Monitoring of Microseismicity at the Decatur, Illinois, CO2 Sequestration Demonstration Site

Outside Publication: Seismological Research Letters
Sequestration of CO2 into subsurface reservoirs can play an important role in limiting future emission of CO2 into the atmosphere (e.g., Benson and Cole, 2008). For geologic sequestration to become a viable option to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, large‐volume injection of supercritical CO2 into deep sedimentary formations is required...

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Assessment of Unconventional (Tight) Gas Resources in Upper Cook Inlet Basin, South-Central Alaska

A geologic model was developed for the assessment of potential Mesozoic tight-gas resources in the deep, central part of upper Cook Inlet Basin, south-central Alaska. The basic premise of the geologic model is that organic-bearing marine shales of the Middle Jurassic Tuxedni Group achieved adequate thermal maturity for oil and gas generation in the central part of the basin largely due to several kilometers of Paleogene and Neogene burial.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Geochemistry of selected lavas of the Panarea volcanic group, Aeolian Arc, Italy

Outside Publication: Mineralogy and Petrology
The Panarea Volcanic Group (PVG) is a group of emergent islands rising from the truncated cone of an underwater edifice in the eastern sector of the Aeolian Island Arc in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy. Selected lava units from the main island of Panarea and some of the nearby islets were analysed for their major and trace element compositions to the dataset available in the literature. Major mineral phases were identified as...

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