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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Energy Resources Program Website

Welcome to the new website for the USGS Energy Resources Program -- take a look around! Our new website is designed to make it easier for you to find what you need.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Development of an Assessment Methodology for Hydrocarbon Recovery Potential

Using Carbon Dioxide and Associated Carbon Sequestration: Workshop Findings

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2011–3075
The USGS developed a noneconomic, probability-based methodology to assess the Nation's technically assessable geologic storage resources available for sequestration of CO2 (Brennan and others, 2010) and is currently using the methodology to assess the Nation's CO2geologic storage resources.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cook Inlet, Alaska Oil and Gas Assessment

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The Cook Inlet Region of Alaska contains an estimated mean of 19 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, about 600 million barrels of oil, and 46 million barrels of natural gas liquids, according to a new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey. 


Monday, June 27, 2011

Assessment of In-Place Oil Shale Resources of the Green River Formation, Greater Green River Basin in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2011–3063
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently (2011) completed an assessment of in-place oil shale resources, regardless of grade, in the Eocene Green River Formation of the Greater Green River Basin in southwestern Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, and northeastern Utah. No attempt was made to estimate the amount of oil that is economically recoverable because there has not yet been an economic method developed to recover the oil from Green River Formation oil shale.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the Azov–Kuban Basin Province, Ukraine and Russia, 2010

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2011–3052
The U.S. Geological Survey, using a geology-based assessment methodology, estimated mean volumes of technically recoverable, conventional, undiscovered petroleum resources at 218 million barrels of crude oil, 4.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 94 million barrels of natural gas liquids for the Azov–Kuban Basin Province.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the West Siberian Basin Province, Russia, 2010

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2011–3050
The U.S. Geological Survey, using a geology-based assessment methodology, estimated mean volumes of technically recoverable, conventional, undiscovered petroleum resources at 8 billion barrels of crude oil, 670 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 21 billion barrels of natural gas liquids for the West Siberian Basin Province in Russia as part of a program to estimate petroleum resources for priority basins throughout the world.

 


Friday, June 24, 2011

Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the Dnieper–Donets Basin Province and Pripyat Basin Province, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, 2010

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2011–3051
The U.S. Geological Survey, using a geology-based assessment methodology, estimated mean volumes of technically recoverable, conventional, undiscovered petroleum resources at 84 million barrels of crude oil, 4.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 130 million barrels of natural gas liquids for the Dnieper–Donets Basin Province and 39 million barrels of crude oil, 48 billion cubic feet of natural gas, and 1 million barrels of natural gas liquids for the Pripyat Basin Province. 


Thursday, June 23, 2011

An Evaluation of the Science Needs to Inform Decisions on Outer Continental Shelf Energy Development in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, Alaska

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USGS asked to conduct an initial, independent evaluation of the science needs that would inform the Administration’s consideration of the right places and the right ways in which to develop oil and gas resources in the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The USGS developed more than 50 findings and an equal number of recommendations in the course of the examination of these topics. Specific and detailed scientific information, key knowledge gaps, and recommendations are presented in Holland-Bartels and Pierce (2011).


Monday, June 20, 2011

Assessing Effects of Energy Development in Colorado and New Mexico

USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2011–3053
Increased demand for energy is driving rapid development of oil and gas, uranium, geothermal, wind, and solar sources of energy throughout the Western United States. By collaborating with decisonmakers to identify the most pressing information needs, an interdisciplinary team of USGS scientists is developing a multistep analytical process, or framework, for evaluating the cumulative effects and tradeoffs of energy development. The framework for analysis of the various energy types, spatial information, and analytical tools will be synthesized for end users in the form of an online Interactive Energy Atlas for Colorado and New Mexico.


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