Energy Resources Program
Press Releases, Technical Announcements, Publications, Field Reports, and Science Highlights.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Outside Publication: International Journal of Coal Geology
For a copy of the report: Email Leslie Ruppert
Thermal maturation patterns of Pennsylvanian strata in the Appalachian basin were determined by compiling and contouring published and unpublished vitrinite reflectance (VR) measurements.
Ruppert, L.F., Hower, J.C., Ryder, R.T., Trippi, M.H., Grady, W.C., and Levine, J.R., 2010, Geologic controls on observed thermal maturation patterns in Pennsylvanian coalbearing rocks in the Appalachian basin: International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 81, no. 3, p. 169-181.
Categories: All, Coal, Coal Quality, World Coal Quality Inventory, Geochemistry & Geophysics, Geochemistry Research, Regional Studies, Appalachian Basin, Type: Outside Publication
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2010–1072
The purpose of this report is to make available to the public RockEval and vitrinite reflectance data from more than 1,900 samples of Mesozoic and Tertiary rock core and coal samples in the Gulf of Mexico area in a format that facilitates inclusion into a geographic information system.
Categories: All, Oil & Gas, National Oil and Gas Assessments, Regional Studies, Gulf Coast, Type: USGS Publication
Monday, November 01, 2010
Outside Publication: 2010 Survey of Energy Resources: World Energy Council
Natural bitumen and extra-heavy oil are characterised by high viscosity, high density (low API gravity), and high concentrations of nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur, and heavy metals. These characteristics result in higher costs for extraction, transportation, and refining than are incurred with conventional oil. Despite their cost and technical challenges, major international oil companies have found it desirable to acquire, develop, and produce these resources in increasing volumes. Large in-place resource volumes provide a reliable long-term flow of liquid hydrocarbons and provide substantial payoff for any incremental improvements in recovery. High oil prices during 2007 and 2008 spurred new development and production which, in turn, have intensified concern about environmental effects of production increases. NOTE: This report is presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). Download the latest version of Adobe Reader, free of charge.
Categories: All, Oil & Gas, Economics, Type: Outside Publication
Monday, October 04, 2010
USGS Publication: Digital Data Series 69-Y
This report presents an in-place assessment of the oil shale and nahcolite resources of the Green River Formation in the Piceance Basin of western Colorado. Estimated in-place oil is about 1.5 trillion barrels, based on Fischer a ssay results from boreholes drilled to evaluate oil shale, making it the largest oil shale deposit in the world. The estimated in-place nahcolite resource is about 43.3 billion short tons.
Categories: All, Oil Shale, Other Energy, Regional Studies, Colorado Plateau, Type: USGS Publication
USGS Publication: Digital Data Series 69-BB
This report provides extensive details of an in-place assessment of the oil shale resources of the Uinta Basin of Utah and Colorado. The total in-place resource for the Uinta Basin is estimated at 1.32 trillion barrels. This is only slightly lower than the estimated 1.53 trillion barrels for the adjacent Piceance Basin, Colorado, to the east, which is thought to be the richest oil shale deposit in the world.
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Press Release & Publication"These new findings underscore the challenge of predicting whether oil or gas will be found in frontier areas and the importance of analyzing the geologic characteristics and history of an area in order to understand the oil and gas resources,” explains USGS Director, Dr. Marcia McNutt.
Categories: All, Oil & Gas, National Oil and Gas Assessments, Regional Studies, Alaska, Type: Press Release, Type: USGS Publication
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
USGS Publication: Professional Paper 1777
Improved knowledge of alluvial depositional environments as influenced by external and internal paleotectonic conditions within the Powder River Basin permits more accurate correlation, mapping, and resource estimation of the Fort Union and Wasatch coal beds. The result is a better understanding of the sedimentology of the basin infill deposits in relation to peat bog accumulation.
Categories: All, Coal, Coal Assessments, Regional Studies, Powder River Basin, Type: USGS Publication
Monday, September 27, 2010
USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2009-1121Constraints on drainage management in the western San Joaquin Valley and implications of proposed approaches to management were recently evaluated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Categories: All, Environment Aspects, Produced Waters, Environmental Effects, Type: USGS Publication
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Outside Publication: AGU Journal of Geophysical Research: AtmospheresThis study presents more than 5 cumulative years of tropospheric mercury (Hg) speciation measurements, over the period of 2003–2009, for eight sites in the central and eastern United States and one site in coastal Puerto Rico.
Categories: All, Environment Aspects, Environmental Effects, Type: Outside Publication
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