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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Water quality studied in areas of unconventional oil and gas development in the United States

Including areas where hydraulic fracturing techniques are used

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2012-3049
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis is hosting an interdisciplinary working group of USGS scientists to conduct a temporal and spatial analysis of surface-water and groundwater quality in areas of unconventional oil and gas development. The analysis uses existing national and regional datasets to...


Friday, April 27, 2012

Assessment of remaining recoverable oil in selected major oil fields of the San Joaquin Basin

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2012–3050
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently completed an estimate of volumes of technically recoverable, conventional oil that could eventually be added to reserves in nine selected major oil fields in the San Joaquin Basin in central California. The mean total volume of potential oil reserves that might be added in the nine fields using improved oil-recovery technologies was estimated to be about 6.5 billion barrels of oil.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Assessment of remaining recoverable oil in selected major oil fields of the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2012–3051
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently completed an estimate of technically recoverable, conventional oil in selected oil fields in the Permian Basin in west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. The mean total volume of potential additional oil resources that might be added using improved oil-recovery technologies was estimated to be about 2.7 billion barrels of oil.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Migration Rates and Formation Injectivity to Determine Containment Time Scales of Sequestered Carbon Dioxide

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2012-1062
Because geologic sequestration of supercritical carbon dioxide is targeted for subsurface injection and containment at depths ranging from approximately 3,000 to 13,000 feet, the investigation into the physical properties of this fluid can be restricted to the pressure and temperature conditions likely encountered in the sedimentary strata within this depth interval. A petrophysical based approach was developed to study the widest range of formation properties potentially encountered in sedimentary strata. 


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

An Estimate of Undiscovered Conventional Oil and Gas Resources of the World, 2012

Press Release & Publication
Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated means of 565 billion barrels of conventional oil and 5,606 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered conventional natural gas in 171 priority geologic provinces of the world, exclusive of the United States.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the South Africa Coastal Province, Africa

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2012–3030
The South Africa Coastal Province along the South Africa coast recently was assessed for undiscovered, technically recoverable oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids resources as part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) World Oil and Gas Assessment. Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the USGS estimated mean volumes of 2.13 billion barrels of oil, 35.96 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 1,115 million barrels of natural gas liquids.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of Four East Africa Geologic Provinces

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2012–3039
Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the USGS estimated mean volumes of 27.6 billion barrels of oil, 441.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 13.77 billion barrels of natural gas liquids in four geologic provinces along the east coast of Africa.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the North Sakhalin Basin Province, Russia, 2011

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2011–3149
Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated volumes of undiscovered, technically recoverable, conventional petroleum resources for the North Sakhalin Basin Province of Russia. The mean volumes were estimated at 5.3 billion barrels of crude oil, 43.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 0.8 billion barrels of natural gas liquids.


Friday, April 06, 2012

Role of Stranded Gas from Central Asia and Russia in Meeting Europe’s Future Import Demand for Gas

Outside Publication: Natural Resources Research
This study examines stranded gas from Russia and Central Asia and the role it can play in addressing Europe’s growing demand for imported natural gas requiring additional volumes of gas in excess of 130 trillion cubic feet.


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