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New Powder River Basin-Wide Coal Assessment of Recoverable Resources and Reserves
New Powder River Basin-Wide Coal Assessment of Recoverable Resources and Reserves

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Press Release & Publication

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 to recover, the first such estimate released by the USGS for coal for an entire basin.

USGS Press Release (2/26/2013)

USGS Feature Story (2/27/2013)

Fact Sheet 2012-3143

Coal FAQs 

Coal Assessment Areas: 
The Basin was divided into four areas for assessment

Open-File Report 2012-1113:  Assessment of Coal Geology, Resources, and Reserves in the Montana Powder River Basin

Open-File Report 2010-1294: Assessment of Coal Geology, Resources, and Reserves in the Northern Wyoming Powder River Basin

Open-File Report 2008-1202: Assessment of Coal Geology, Resources, and Reserves in the Gillette Coalfield, Powder River Basin, Wyoming

Open-File Report 2011–1134: Assessment of Coal Geology, Resources, and Reserves in the Southwestern Powder River Basin, Wyoming

Related Links:  

Regional Studies: Powder River Basin

Data Series 713: Drill Hole Data for Coal Beds in the Powder River Basin, Montana and Wyoming 

 

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