Energy Resources Program
Monday, December 26, 2011
Outspide Publication: Energy & Fuels
Shale oils generated using different laboratory pyrolysis methods have been studied using standard oil characterization methods as well as Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS) with electrospray ionization (ESI) and atmospheric photoionization (APPI) to assess differences in molecular composition.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
USGS Publication: Data Series 635The principal mission of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Resources Program (ERP) is to (1) understand the processes critical to the formation, accumulation, occurrence, and alteration of geologically based energy resources; (2) conduct scientifically robust assessments of those resources; and (3) study the impacts of energy resource occurrence and (or) their production and use on both the environment and human health.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2011–1187Geochemistry is a constantly expanding science. More and more, scientists are employing geochemical tools to help answer questions about the Earth and earth system processes. Scientists may assume that the responsibility of examining and assessing the quality of the geochemical data they generate is not theirs but rather that of the analytical laboratories to which their samples have been submitted.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Outside Publication: Society for Organic Petrology NewsletterThe tool of measuring "vitrinite reflectance" under a microscope has great value in petroleum exploration and coal utilization, and the reflectance is a simple number, such as 1.4% Ro, with some slight variations depending on technique. This report analyzes here just one factor, "smear" of crude oil on the polished surface (from the sample), which may reduce reflectance because of thin-film interference.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Outside Publication: The Society of Organic Petrology Energy Resources and Petroleum Systems in the 21st Century - Technical Sessions:
Friday, January 22, 2010
USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2010-1001
Felsic volcanic rocks have long been considered a primary source of uranium for many kinds of uranium deposits, but volcanogenic uranium deposits themselves have generally not been important resources. Grade and tonnage data are reviewed and discussed for 32 deposits in the world. Experience of mining engineers and geologists in Asia suggests that tonnages could be higher than presently known in the Western Hemisphere.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
USGS Publication: Open File Report 2007–1136A performance audit of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Energy Resource Program (ERP) Inorganic Geochemistry Laboratory (IGL) was conducted between August, 2003 and October, 2005. The goals were to ensure that a high level of analytical performance was maintained and identify any areas that could be enhanced.
The Geochemistry Laboratory supports Energy Program needs for the inorganic and organic analysis and maintains a laboratory information system (LIMS) for geochemical data tracking and sample storage. The lab provides geochemical expertise and analytical support to Federal, State and County agencies, universities and foreign research organizations. The laboratory is located in Building 20 of the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, CO, and is administered by the Central Energy Science Center, Energy Resources Program.
The laboratories methodologies and instrumentation focus on coal and petroleum systems geochemistry as applied to national and global energy resource assessment projects, geologic framework, and petroleum processes studies. The geochemistry lab project supports petroleum processes research project, geochemistry of solid fuels, coal research assessment methodology project, and fossil fuel environmental issues including the evaluation of natural sources of greenhouse gases, prediction and monitoring of fossil-fuel quality and baseline studies of fossil fuel in the environment. The laboratories are on the cutting edge of new methodology and method development to achieve these goals. The labs also have a large focus on data preservation and data management. A proactive approach to data management will assure data quality and accuracy for the future.
The Energy Geochemistry Laboratory (EGL) implements a Quality Management System that emphasizes a continuous commitment to improve quality and efficiency. Quality Assurance is an integral part of routine laboratory analysis and the EGL has a system in place to identify problems and prevent their recurrence. The Energy Geochemistry Laboratory Quality Management System is implemented in the QA Manual, which is written to embody the USGS Fundamental Science Practices.
Two significant data quality issues were identified in the Inorganic Section of the Energy Geochemistry Laboratory. Further information is available at the links below.
Energy Resources Program - Geochemistry Research
Energy Resources Program - Organic Petrology
Energy Resources Program - Coal Quality
International Committee for Coal & Organic Petrology (ICCP)
The Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP)
We are continuing to follow-up on both data quality incidents (1996-2008 and 2008-2014) that occurred in the Inorganic Section of the Energy Geochemistry Laboratory (EGL), here is the list of updates and notices:
Notice of Data Quality Issue for the Inorganic Section of the Energy Geochemistry Laboratory, and Closure of the Inorganic Section (Program Update, March 10, 2017)
Notice of Data Quality Issue for the Inorganic Section of the Energy Geochemistry Laboratory, and Closure of the Inorganic Section (Program Update, September 30, 2016)
Notice: Data Quality Issue (5/25/2016)
Notice: Quality Assurance Update (4/10/2010)
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