Energy Resources Program
Press Releases, Technical Announcements, Publications, Field Reports, and Science Highlights.
Friday, March 11, 2016
Understanding the distribution of coal-bearing geologic units in Antarctica provides information that can be used in sedimentary, geomorphological, paleontological, and climatological studies. This report is a digital compilation of information on Antarctica’s coal-bearing geologic units found in the literature. It is intended to be used in small-scale spatial geographic information system (GIS) investigations and as a visual aid in the discussion of Antarctica’s coal resources or in other coal-based geologic investigations...
Categories: All, Coal, Coal Assessments, Type: USGS Publication
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Since the mid-1970s, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has maintained a coal quality database of national scope named USCHEM, which currently contains data for over 13,000 samples. A subset of the USCHEM database called COALQUAL Version 1.3 was initially published in 1994 and was followed by Version 2.0 in 1997...
Categories: All, Coal, Coal Assessments, Coal Quality, Type: USGS Publication
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
USGS Publication: Professional Paper 1809
This report presents the final results of the first assessment of both coal resources and reserves for all significant coal beds in the entire Powder River Basin, northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana. The basin covers about 19,500 square miles, exclusive of the part of the basin within the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations in Montana...
Categories: All, Coal, Coal Assessments, Regional Studies, Powder River Basin, Type: USGS Publication
USGS Publication: Data Series 912
The purpose of this report is to provide geospatial data for various layers and themes in a Geographic Information System (GIS) format for the Powder River Basin, Wyoming and Montana. In 2015, as part of the U.S. Coal Resources and Reserves Assessment Project, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed an assessment of coal resources and reserves within the Powder River Basin, Wyoming and Montana...
USGS Technical Release
The latest coal resource assessment of the Powder River Basin showcases the newly revised USGS’ assessment methodology, which, for the first time, includes an estimate of the reserve base for the entire basin.
Categories: All, Coal, Coal Assessments, Type: Technical Announcement
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
USGS Technical Release & Publication
Appalachian coal and petroleum resources are still available in sufficient quantities to contribute significantly to fulfilling the nation’s energy needs, according to a recent study by the USGS.
Categories: All, Oil & Gas, National Oil and Gas Assessments, Coal, Coal Assessments, Regional Studies, Appalachian Basin, Type: Technical Announcement, Type: USGS Publication
Thursday, March 19, 2015
USGS Publication: Professional Paper 1708
Fossil fuels from the Appalachian basin region have been major contributors to the Nation’s energy supplies over much of the last three centuries. Appalachian coal and petroleum resources are still available in sufficient quantities to contribute significantly to fulfilling the Nation’s energy needs. Although both conventional oil and gas continue to be produced in the Appalachian basin, most new wells in the region are drilled in shale reservoirs to produce natural gas...
Categories: All, Oil & Gas, National Oil and Gas Assessments, Coal, Coal Assessments, Regional Studies, Appalachian Basin, Type: USGS Publication
Friday, December 19, 2014
USGS Publication: SIR 2014-5196
Standards for the public disclosure of mineral resources and reserves do not require the use of any specific methodology when it comes to estimating the reliability of the resources. Unbeknownst to most intended recipients of resource appraisals, such freedom commonly results in subjective opinions or estimations based on suboptimal approaches, such as use of distance...
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Outside Publication: International Journal of Coal Geology In spite of its large endowment of coal resources, recent studies have indicated that United States coal production is destined to reach a maximum and begin an irreversible decline sometime during the middle of the current century. However, studies and assessments illustrating coal reserve data essential for making accurate forecasts of United States coal production have not been compiled on a national basis.
Categories: All, Coal, Coal Assessments, Type: Outside Publication
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