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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Successful Test of Gas Hydrate Production Test Well Ignik Sikumi on Alaska's North Slope

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.  


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of Four South Asia Basins, 2011

Assam, Bombay, Cauvery, and Krishna–Godavari Provinces

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. 


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Korean National Gas Hydrate Program, Second Ulleung Basin Gas Hydrate Drilling Expedition

Field Report
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.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well

Field Report
The 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.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Systematic Geologic Mapping Program and a Quadrangle-by-Quadrangle Analysis of Time-Stratigraphic Relations within Oil Shale-Bearing Rocks of the Piceance Basin, Western Colorado

USGS Publication: Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5041
During 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.


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Minor element distribution in iron disulfides in coal

A geochemical review

Outside Publication: International Journal of Coal Geology
Electron 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.


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