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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Multivariate Analysis Relating Oil Shale Geochemical Properties to NMR Relaxometry

Outside Publication: Energy and Fuels 
Low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxometry has been used to provide insight into shale composition by separating relaxation responses from the various hydrogen-bearing phases present in shales in a noninvasive way.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Paris Basin, France, 2015

USGS Publication: FS 2015-3016 
Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated means of 222 million barrels of unconventional oil; 2,092 billion cubic feet of unconventional gas; 18 million barrels of conventional oil; and 47 billion cubic feet of conventional gas resources in the Paris Basin of France.


Friday, April 10, 2015

The Water-Energy Nexus—An Earth Science Perspective

USGS Publication: Circular 1407
Water availability and use are closely connected with energy development and use. Water cannot be delivered to homes, businesses, and industries without energy, and most forms of energy development require large amounts of water. The United States faces two significant and sometimes competing challenges...


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Geologic Framework for the National Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Storage Resources

Permian and Palo Duro Basins and Bend Arch-Fort Worth Basin

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2012-1024-K
Chapter K - The U.S. Geological Survey has completed an assessment of the potential geologic carbon dioxide storage resource in the onshore areas of the United States. To provide geological context and input data sources for the resources numbers, framework documents are being prepared for all areas that were investigated as part of the national assessment...


Monday, April 06, 2015

Assessment of Undiscovered Conventional and Continuous Oil and Gas Resources of the Baltic Depression Province, 2014

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2015-3015
​The U.S. Geological Survey estimated mean volumes of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources of 282 million barrels of conventional oil, 576 billion cubic feet of conventional gas, 1.3 billion barrels of continuous oil, and 4.6 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in the Baltic Depression Province.


Monday, April 06, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey 2013 assessment of undiscovered resources in the Bakken and Three Forks Formations of the U.S. Williston Basin Province

Outside Publication: AAPG Bulletin
The Upper Devonian Three Forks and Upper Devonian to Lower Mississippian Bakken Formations comprise a major United States continuous oil resource. Current exploitation of oil is from horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing of the Middle Member of the Bakken and upper Three Forks, with ongoing exploration of the lower Three Forks, and the Upper, Lower, and Pronghorn Members of the Bakken Formation.


Monday, April 06, 2015

CO2 retention values in enhanced oil recovery

Outside Publication: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
Carbon dioxide (CO2) retention is the fraction of the injected volume trapped in the subsurface as a result of enhanced oil recovery (EOR). CO2 retention is determined by multiple factors acting generally in combinations varying according to the geology of the reservoir and the implementation of the recovery...


Friday, April 03, 2015

National assessment of geologic carbon dioxide storage resources: allocations of assessed areas to Federal lands

USGS Publication: Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5021
Following the geologic basin-scale assessment of technically accessible carbon dioxide storage resources in onshore areas and State waters of the United States, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that an area of about 130 million acres (or about 200,000 square miles) of Federal lands overlies these storage resources. Consequently, about 18 percent of the assessed area associated with storage resources is allocated to Federal land management...


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Mass-Movement Deposits in the Lacustrine Eocene Green River Formation, Piceance Basin, Western Colorado

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1044
​The Eocene Green River Formation was deposited in two large Eocene saline lakes, Lake Uinta in the Uinta and Piceance Basins and Lake Gosiute in the Greater Green River Basin. Here we will discuss mass-movement deposits in just the Piceance Basin part of Lake Uinta.


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