Energy Resources Program
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Outside Publication: International Journal of Coal Geology
In this study, we assess whether disposal practices from treatment of produced waters from both shale gas and conventional operations in Pennsylvania could result in the accumulation of associated alkali earth elements. The results from our 5 study sites indicate that there was no increase in concentrations of total Ra (Ra-226) and extractable Ba, Ca, Na, or Sr in fluvial sediments downstream of the discharge outfalls (p > 0.05) of publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) and centralized waste treatment facilities (CWTs).
Outside Publication: International Journal of Coal Geology
Multivariate compositional data analysis methods were used to investigate geochemical data for water injected during hydraulic fracturing and for water produced from 19 Marcellus Shale gas wells in the northern Appalachian Basin.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2012–1205
This map sheet with accompanying Geographic Information System (GIS) project is an update of the existing U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Conterminous U.S. Coal Fields map. This update was compiled using data primarily from the USGS National Coal Resource Assessment (NCRA) and information from other published maps.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Outside Publication: Mathematical GeosciencesMathematicians and geochemists have long realized that compositional data intrinsically exhibit a structure prone to spurious and induced correlations. This paper demonstrates, using the Na–Cl–Br system, that these mathematical problems are exacerbated in the study of sedimentary basin brines by such processes as the evaporation or dissolution of salts owing to their high salinities.
Monday, December 03, 2012
USGS Publication: Scientific Investigations Map 3214
This publication presents a thermal maturity map of Devonian shale in the Illinois, Michigan, and Appalachian basins. The map shows outlines of the three basins (dashed black lines) and an outline of Devonian shale (solid black lines).
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Press Release & Publication
The Utica Shale contains about 38 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas (at the mean estimate) according to the first assessment of this continuous (unconventional) natural gas accumulation by the U. S. Geological Survey. The Utica Shale has a mean of 940 million barrels of unconventional oil resources and a mean of 208 million barrels of unconventional natural gas liquids.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2012–1194Detailed and reconnaissance field mapping and the results of geochemical and mineralogical analyses of outcrop samples indicate that the Devonian shales of the Broadtop Synclinorium from central Virginia to southern Pennsylvania have an organic content sufficiently high and a thermal maturity sufficiently moderate to be considered for a shale gas play.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2012–1151
The Organic Petrology Laboratory (OPL) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Eastern Energy Resources Science Center in Reston, Virginia, contains several thousand processed coal sample materials that were loosely organized in laboratory drawers for the past several decades.
Monday, July 30, 2012
USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2012–1159Samples of natural gas were collected as part of a study of formation water chemistry in oil and gas reservoirs in the Appalachian Basin. Analyses of the radon content of the gas indicated 222Rn (radon-222) activities ranging from 1 to 79 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) with an overall median of 37 pCi/L.
The Appalachian Basin Region is a physiographic province extending from Alabama to Maine and encompasses the eastern seaboard of the United States. Evidence suggests the complex geology of the region was formed by a series of continental plate collisions and deformation resulting in the Appalachian Mountains and large areas of elongated, faulted, and deformed ridges and valleys. Over time erosion has carried sediments seaward to the continental shelf and modified the landscape to the more familiar piedmont terraine. The region contains large amounts of natural resources and a long history of oil, gas, and coal production. The first oil wells in the U.S. were discovered in this province and research and assessments continue on these prolific coal and oil and gas deposits. This web site provides access to the diverse Energy Resources Program research activities and products within the Appalachian Basin Region.
The USGS has completed several assessments of the Appalachian Basin. This information is summarized on the Oil and Gas Assessment Appalachian Basin page.
The National Coal Resource Assessment (NCRA) project was a multi-year effort by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Program to identify, characterize, and assess the coal resources that will supply a major part of the Nation’s energy needs during the next few decades. NCRA data and publications are available on the NCRA Appalachian Basin page.
There are coalbed methane assessments for the Appalachian Basin currently available.
Coal and Petroleum Resources Data Report
Ryder, R.T., Trippi, M.H., and Swezey, C.S., 2015, Geologic cross section I–I′ through the Appalachian basin from the eastern margin of the Illinois basin, Jefferson County, Kentucky, to the Valley and Ridge province, Scott County, Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3343, 2 sheets and pamphlet A, 41 p.; pamphlet B, 102 p., Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sim3343
Ryder, R.T., Trippi, M.H., Swezey, C.S. Crangle, R.D., Jr., Hope, R.S., Rowan, E.L., and Lentz, E.E., 2012, Geologic cross section C–C’ through the Appalachian basin from Erie County, north-central Ohio, to the Valley and Ridge province, Bedford County, south-central Pennsylvania: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3172, 2 sheets, 70-p. pamphlet. Available at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3172/
Trippi, M.H., and Crangle, R.D., Jr., 2009, Log ASCII Standard (LAS) files for geophysical (gamma ray) wireline well logs and their application to geologic cross section C-C’ through the central Appalachian basin: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2009-1021, 13 p., 20 LAS files. Available at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2009/1021/
Ryder, R.T., Crangle, R.D., Jr., Trippi, M.H., Swezey, C.S., Lentz, E.E., Rowan, E.L., and Hope, R.S., 2009, Geologic cross section D–D’ through the Appalachian basin from the Findlay arch, Sandusky County, Ohio, to the Valley and Ridge province, Hardy County, West Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3067, 2 sheets, 52-p. pamphlet. Available at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3067/ Also Available: Downloadable Corresponding LAS Files
Ryder, R.T., Swezey, C.S., Crangle, R.D. Jr., and Trippi, M.H., 2008, Geologic Cross Section E-E' through the Appalachian Basin from the Findlay Arch, Wood County, Ohio, to the Valley and Ridge Province, Pendleton County, West Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 2985. Available at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/2985/ Also Available: Downloadable Corresponding LAS Files
Ryder, R.T, 2008, Stratigraphic Framework of Cambrian and Ordovician Rocks in the Appalachian Basin from Sequatchie County, Tennessee, through Eastern Kentucky, to Mingo County, West Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 2994. Available at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/2994/
Crangle, R.D., 2007, Log ASCII Standard (LAS) files for geophysical wireline well logs and their application to geologic cross sections through the central Appalachian basin: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1142. Available at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1142/
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