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Article Thumbnail Image 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.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013  Type: Press Release & Publication

Article Thumbnail Image  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...
Friday, November 16, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image 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, ...
Friday, November 16, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image USGS estimated mean volumes of 1,345 billion cubic feet of potentially technically recoverable gas and 168 million barrels of technically recoverable oil and natural gas liquids in Ordovician and Silurian age shales in the Polish- Ukrainian Foredeep basin of Poland.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image 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.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image 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...
Friday, June 24, 2011  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image USGS 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)...
Thursday, June 23, 2011  Type: Publication

Article Thumbnail Image <p>Map 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.</p>
Monday, March 29, 2010  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image Energy resources research at USGS is featured in the May 29, 2009 issue of Science: Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas in the Arctic
Friday, May 29, 2009  Type: Outside Publication

Article Thumbnail Image 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...
Monday, August 27, 2007  Type: Press Release & Publication

Overview

photo: East Greenland: Wegener Halvø
East Greenland: Wegener Halvø
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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.

 

Don Gautier
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Research

East Greenland Studies
East Greenland Research

East Greenland Rift Basins Province

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)


Laptev Sea Shelf Research
Laptev Sea Shelf Research

Laptev Sea Shelf Province

"... 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

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USGS CorecastUSGS Podcast (Episode 155 - 5/4/2011):  USGS Economic Analysis Updated for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA)

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USGS CorecastUSGS Podcast (Episode 134 - 10/26/10):  Updated Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources in the National Petroleum Reserve in AK

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USGS CorecastUSGS Podcast (Episode 55 - 7/23/2008 ):  90 Billion Barrels of Oil and 1,670 Trillion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas Assessed in the Arctic

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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

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East Greenland: Wegener Halvø

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