Energy Resources Program
Press Releases, Technical Announcements, Publications, Field Reports, and Science Highlights.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Outside Publication: Department of Energy Press Release
On May 2, 2012 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the completion of the field testing phase of the Ignik Sikumi gas hydrate production test well project on the North Slope of Alaska. The USGS participated in many phases of this work, including originally identifying the test site, which was based on almost 30 years of USGS geologic studies on gas hydrates in northern Alaska.
Categories: All, Other Energy, Gas Hydrates, Regional Studies, Alaska, Type: Outside Publication
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2012–3059
Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated volumes of undiscovered, technically recoverable, conventional petroleum resources for the Assam, Bombay, Cauvery, and Krishna–Godavari Provinces, South Asia.
Categories: All, Oil & Gas, World Petroleum Assessment, Type: USGS Publication
As a part of Korean National Gas Hydrate Program, the Second Ulleung Basin Gas Hydrate Drilling Expedition (UBGH2) was successfully performed by using the D/V Fugro Synergy to establish 13 research drill sites in the period of time from July 8 to September 30, 2010.
Categories: All, Other Energy, Gas Hydrates, Type: Field Report
Field ReportThe Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well was drilled within the Alaska North Slope (ANS) Milne Point Unit (MPU) from February 3 to 19, 2007. The well was conducted as part of a Cooperative Research Agreement (CRA) project co-sponsored since 2001 by BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. (BPXA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to help determine whether ANS gas hydrate can become a technically and commercially viable gas resource.
Categories: All, Other Energy, Gas Hydrates, Regional Studies, Alaska, Type: Field Report
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
USGS Publication: Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5041During the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the U.S. Geological Survey mapped the entire area underlain by oil shale of the Eocene Green River Formation in the Piceance Basin of western Colorado. This report places the sixty-nine 7½-minute geologic quadrangle maps and one 15-minute quadrangle map published during this period into a comprehensive time-stratigraphic framework based on the alternating rich and lean oil shale zones.
Categories: All, Oil Shale, Other Energy, Regional Studies, Colorado Plateau, Type: USGS Publication
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Outside Publication: International Journal of Coal GeologyElectron beam microanalysis of coal samples in U.S. Geological Survey labs confirms that arsenic is the most abundant minor constituent in iron disulfides in coal and that selenium, nickel, and other minor constituents are present less commonly and at lower concentrations than those for arsenic.
Categories: All, Coal, Coal Quality, Organic Petrology, World Coal Quality Inventory, Environment Aspects, Environmental Effects, Geochemistry & Geophysics, Geochemistry Laboratories, Geochemistry Research, Type: Outside Publication
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