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|| The Organic Petrology Laboratory (OPL) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Eastern Energy Resources Science Center in Reston, Virginia, contains several thousand processed coal sample materials that were loosely organized in laboratory drawers for the past several decades...
|Thursday, September 27, 2012 Type: Publication
|| This report discusses the geologic framework and petroleum geology used to assess undiscovered petroleum resources in the Bohaiwan basin province for the 2000 World Energy Assessment Project of the U.S. Geological Survey. The Bohaiwan basin in northeastern China is the largest petroleum-producing...
|Friday, June 29, 2012 Type: Publication
|| Domestic oil and gas production and clean water are critical for economic growth, public health, and national security of the United States. As domestic oil and gas production increases in new areas and old fields are enhanced, there is increasing public concern about the effects of energy...
|Sunday, April 29, 2012 Type: Publication
|| Coalbed methane (CBM) is a source of natural gas that is recovered by dewatering coal beds and collecting volatile compounds, such as methane, that are desorbed from the coal. Coalbed methane currently accounts for approximately 7% of U.S. natural-gas production (U.S. Energy Information...
|Monday, September 12, 2011 Type: Outside Publication
|| The abundance of new borehole data from recent coal bed natural gas development in the Powder River Basin was utilized by the U.S. Geological Survey for the most comprehensive evaluation to date of coal resources and reserves in the Northern Wyoming Powder River Basin assessment area...
|Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Type: Publication
|| Energy costs in rural Alaskan communities are substantial. Diesel fuel, which must be delivered by barge or plane, is used for local power generation in most off-grid communities.
|Friday, September 17, 2010 Type: Publication
|| Between 1999 and 2007, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) investigated coalbed methane (CBM) resources in the Wyoming portion of the Powder River Basin. The study also included the CBM resources in the North Dakota portion of the Williston Basin of North Dakota and the Wyoming portion of the Green...
|Wednesday, September 01, 2010 Type: Publication
Photo: Coalbed exposed in outcrops of the
Sagavanirktok Formation along the
Shaviovik River in the east-central part of
the North Slope, Alaska.
Methane and other gases, while frequently produced with petroleum, also occur in association with coal. Coalbed gas accounts for about eight percent of U.S. natural gas production. U.S. estimates (Rice, 1997) indicate more than 700 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of coalbed gas in place, with over 100 TCF economically recoverable--a five-year supply at present rates of consumption.
The USGS Energy Resources Program assesses potential U.S. coalbed gas resources including controls on the occurrence and recoverability, (including produced water) and geologic, geochemical, engineering, and technological factors.
The USGS Energy Resources Team examines environmental considerations with coalbed natural gas development (CBNG) nationwide. A major portion of this is on water co-produced with CBNG, which is provided in the Energy Program’s "Produced Waters" topic.
U.S. Assessments of
Undiscovered CBM Natural Gas
U.S. Assessments of Undiscovered Coalbed Methane Natural Gas
Several Energy Resources Program coalbed methane assessments for the United States are currently available.
International CBM Research
International CBM Research
The USGS Energy Resources Program is also focused on international cbm assessments and issues. Here are a few specific areas that may be of interest... [+]
Coal Quality and Resources of the Former Soviet Union--An Arc View Project
By Brownfield, M.E., Steinshouer, D.W., Povarennykh, M.Y., Eriomin, I., Shpirt, M., Meitov, Yevgeny, Sharova, I., Goriunova, N., and Zyrianova, M.V.
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 01-104, 94 p. [CD-ROM]
The Republic of the Philippines Coalbed Methane Assessment: Based on Seventeen High Pressure Methane Adsorption Isotherms
By Flores, R.M., Stricker, G.D., Papasin, R.F., Pendon, R.R., del Rosario, R.A., Malapitan, R.T., Pastor, M.S., Altomea, E.A., Cuaresma, F., Malapitan, A.S., and Mortos, B.R.
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1063, 17 p
Coal Geology, Land Use, and Human Health in the People's Republic of China
By Karlsen, A.W., Schultz, A.C., Warwick, P.D., Podwysocki, S.M., and Lovern, V.S.
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 01-318, version 1.0, on line version only
The global methane hydrate reservoir; impact on petroleum exploration [abs.]
By Kvenvolden, K.A., and Collett, T.S.
U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1060, p. 44-46
Coalbed Gas in Hungary--A Preliminary Report
By Landis, E.R., Rohrbacher, T. J., Barker, C.E., Fodor, B., and Gombar, G.
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 01-473, version 1.0, 28 p. [CD-ROM]
Coal-bearing regions and structural sedimentary basins of China and adjacent seas
By Podwysocki, S.M., and Lovern, V.S., compilers
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-047
A primer on the occurrence of coalbed methane in low-rank coals, with special reference to its potential occurrence in Pakistan
By SanFilipo, J.R.
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-293, 13 p
The U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resources Program has developed coal databases to monitor the location, quantity, and physical and chemical characteristics of U.S. coal and coal-related deposits.
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