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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fundamentals of Carbon Dioxide-Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR)—A Supporting Document of the Assessment Methodology for Hydrocarbon Recovery Using CO2-EOR Associated with Carbon Sequestration

USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2015-1071
The objective of this report is to provide basic technical information regarding the CO2-EOR process, which is at the core of the assessment methodology, to estimate the technically recoverable oil within the fields of the identified sedimentary basins of the United States. Emphasis is on CO2-EOR because this is...


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Onshore Industrial Wind Turbine Locations for the United States through July 2013

Revised May 4, 2015

USGS Publication: Data Series 817
The wind turbine dataset was updated as follows: It now includes new turbines listed in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Obstacle Repository System (ORS) Digital Obstacle File (DOF) through March 2, 2014. This is 171 new turbines and over 1000 updated ORS numbers...


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Geologic Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the U.S. Portion of the Michigan Basin

USGS Publication: DDS 69-T
In 2004, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed an assessment of the undiscovered oil and gas potential of the U.S. portion of the Michigan Basin. For this assessment, the Michigan Basin includes most of the State of Michigan, as well as parts of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The assessment was based on the geologic elements of each of the six total petroleum systems defined in the basin, including...


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Preliminary Wind Energy Impacts Assessment Methodology Released

USGS Technical Release

USGS has released a preliminary methodology to assess the population level impacts of onshore wind energy development on birds and bats.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Trace Elements in Coal Ash

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2015-3037
Coal ash is a residual waste product primarily produced by coal combustion for electric power generation. Coal ash includes fly ash, bottom ash, and flue-gas desulfurization products (at powerplants equipped with flue-gas desulfurization systems). Fly ash, the most common form of coal ash, is used in a range of products, especially construction materials...


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Coal Geology and Assessment of Coal Resources and Reserves in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming and Montana

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...


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Geospatial data for coal beds in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming and Montana

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...


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

USGS Powder River Basin Coal Assessment Features an Estimate of the Reserve Base

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.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Organic and inorganic composition and microbiology of produced waters from Pennsylvania shale gas wells

Outside Publication: Applied Geochemistry
Hydraulically fractured shales are becoming an increasingly important source of natural gas production in the United States. This process has been known to create up to 420 gallons of produced water (PW) per day, but the volume varies depending on the formation, and the characteristics of individual hydraulic fracture...


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