Energy Resources Program
The Powder River Basin is a geologic region that straddles southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming and is known for its coal and coalbed methane deposits. This web site provides access to the diverse Energy Resources Program research activities and products within the Powder River Basin Region.
Select the colored assessment areas on the map below to view corresponding USGS Powder River Basin coal assessment publications:
The USGS has completed several assessments of the Powder River Basin. This information is summarized on the Oil and Gas Assessment Powder River Basin page.
The National Coal Resource Assessment (NCRA) project was a multi-year effort by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Program to identify, characterize, and assess the coal resources that will supply a major part of the Nation’s energy needs during the next few decades. NCRA data and publications are available on the NCRA Powder River Basin page.
There are coalbed methane assessments for the Powder River Basin currently available.
Geothermal study sites and calculated potential has been compiled and is available for the entire western United States on the geothermal studies page.
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Page Last Modified: Friday, March 08, 2013