Energy Resources Program
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Press Release & Publication
Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates a mean undiscovered volume of 6.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Alum Shale in Denmark.
Friday, November 16, 2012
USGS Publication: Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5146
The Amerasia Basin Petroleum Province encompasses the Canada Basin and the sediment prisms along the Alaska and Canada margins, outboard from basinward margins (hingelines) of the rift shoulders that formed during extensional opening of the Canada Basin. The province includes the Mackenzie delta and slope, the outer shelves and marine slopes along the Arctic margins of Alaska and Canada, and the deep Canada Basin.
USGS Publication: Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5147
The Arctic Alaska Petroleum Province encompasses all lands and adjacent continental shelf areas north of the Brooks Range-Herald arch tectonic belts and south of the northern (outboard) margin of the Alaska rift shoulder. Even though only a small part is thoroughly explored, it is one of the most prolific petroleum provinces in North America, with total known resources (cumulative production plus proved reserves) of about 28 billion barrels of oil equivalent.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Press Release & Publication
The U.S. Geological Survey estimated potential, technically recoverable oil and gas resources for source rocks of the Alaska North Slope. Estimates (95-percent to 5-percent probability) range from zero to 2 billion barrels of oil and from zero to nearly 80 trillion cubic feet of gas.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Outside Publication (book): Arctic Petroleum Geology
New book by The Geological Society of London, "Arctic Petroleum Geology, published August 2011. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the geology and the petroleum potential of the Arctic including 15 papers by USGS scientists.
Friday, June 24, 2011
USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2011–3050
The U.S. Geological Survey, using a geology-based assessment methodology, estimated mean volumes of technically recoverable, conventional, undiscovered petroleum resources at 8 billion barrels of crude oil, 670 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 21 billion barrels of natural gas liquids for the West Siberian Basin Province in Russia as part of a program to estimate petroleum resources for priority basins throughout the world.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Press Release & PublicationUSGS asked to conduct an initial, independent evaluation of the science needs that would inform the Administration’s consideration of the right places and the right ways in which to develop oil and gas resources in the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The USGS developed more than 50 findings and an equal number of recommendations in the course of the examination of these topics. Specific and detailed scientific information, key knowledge gaps, and recommendations are presented in Holland-Bartels and Pierce (2011).
Monday, March 29, 2010
Outside Publication: AAPG DatapagesMap of the Arctic sedimentary successions was assembled (A. Grantz, R.A. Scott, S.S. Drachev, and T.E. Moore, Maps showing the sedimentary successions of the Arctic Region (58°-64° to 90° N) that may be prospective for hydrocarbons.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Outside Publication: Science Magazine
Energy resources research at USGS is featured in the May 29, 2009 issue of Science: Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas in the Arctic
The Arctic is an area of high petroleum resource potential, low data density, high geologic uncertainty and sensitive environmental conditions. A large portion of the remaining global endowment of oil and gas resources has long been thought to exist in the high northern latitudes of Russia, Norway, Greenland, United States, and Canada. However, the quality, quantity, and distribution of these resources are poorly understood. To improve the understanding of the petroleum resources in this area, the USGS is undertaking a multi-year research effort, termed the Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal (CARA), to produce a comprehensive, unbiased probabilistic estimate of undiscovered petroleum resources in the high northern latitudes. This research effort is being conducted in collaboration with several U.S. and international entities. The results from the CARA provide the first publicly available petroleum resource estimate of the area north of the Arctic Circle in its entirety....
Northeast Greenland is the prototype for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Circum-Arctic Oil and Gas Resource Appraisal. Using a geology-based methodology, the USGS estimates the mean undiscovered, conventional petroleum resources in the province to be approximately 31,400 MMBOE (million barrels of oil equivalent) of oil, gas, and natural gas liquids.
[+] Press Release (August 28, 2007)
"... was assessed for undiscovered crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids/condensates resources (collectively referred to as petroleum) as part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Circum-Arctic Oil and Gas Resource Appraisal. Using a geology-based methodology, the USGS estimates the mean undiscovered, conventional petroleum resources in the province to be approximately 9,300 million barrels of oil equivalent, including approximately 3,069 million barrels of crude oil, 32,252 billion cubic feet of natural gas, and 861 million barrels of natural gas liquids."
[+] Fact Sheet 2007–3096
Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal (north of the Arctic Circle) Assessment Units
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USGS Podcast (Episode 155 - 5/4/2011): USGS Economic Analysis Updated for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA)
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USGS Podcast (Episode 134 - 10/26/10): Updated Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources in the National Petroleum Reserve in AK
USGS Podcast (Episode 55 - 7/23/2008 ): 90 Billion Barrels of Oil and 1,670 Trillion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas Assessed in the Arctic
Business News Network (BNN) talks to Donald Gautier, U.S. Geological Survey, June 4, 2009 [video clip 05:23]
PODCAST Science Magazine
As part of the featured article, from the Science Podcast: an interview with Don Gautier on new estimates of the amount of undiscovered oil and gas in the Arctic. Listen to Podcast
AAPG Datapages Sedimentary Successions of the Arctic Region by Grantz, et al. 2010 -- Second Edition (Open-File on AAPG website, zip file available for download)
Arctic Oil and Natural Gas Potential U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
East Greenland: Wegener Halvø. Photo by Stefan Piasecki (GEUS).
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