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Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates a mean undiscovered volume of 6.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Alum Shale in Denmark.
The Arctic is an area of high petroleum resource potential, low data density, high geologic uncertainty and sensitive environmental conditions. A large portion of the remaining global endowment of oil and gas resources has long been thought to exist in the high northern latitudes of Russia, Norway, Greenland, United States, and Canada. However, the quality, quantity, and distribution of these resources are poorly understood. To improve the understanding of the petroleum resources in this area, the USGS is undertaking a multi-year research effort, termed the Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal (CARA), to produce a comprehensive, unbiased probabilistic estimate of undiscovered petroleum resources in the high northern latitudes. This research effort is being conducted in collaboration with several U.S. and international entities. The results from the CARA provide the first publicly available petroleum resource estimate of the area north of the Arctic Circle in its entirety....
Northeast Greenland is the prototype for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Circum-Arctic Oil and Gas Resource Appraisal. Using a geology-based methodology, the USGS estimates the mean undiscovered, conventional petroleum resources in the province to be approximately 31,400 MMBOE (million barrels of oil equivalent) of oil, gas, and natural gas liquids.
[+] Press Release (August 28, 2007)
"... was assessed for undiscovered crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids/condensates resources (collectively referred to as petroleum) as part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Circum-Arctic Oil and Gas Resource Appraisal. Using a geology-based methodology, the USGS estimates the mean undiscovered, conventional petroleum resources in the province to be approximately 9,300 million barrels of oil equivalent, including approximately 3,069 million barrels of crude oil, 32,252 billion cubic feet of natural gas, and 861 million barrels of natural gas liquids."
[+] Fact Sheet 2007–3096
Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal (north of the Arctic Circle) Assessment Units
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USGS Podcast (Episode 155 - 5/4/2011): USGS Economic Analysis Updated for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA)
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USGS Podcast (Episode 134 - 10/26/10): Updated Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources in the National Petroleum Reserve in AK
USGS Podcast (Episode 55 - 7/23/2008 ): 90 Billion Barrels of Oil and 1,670 Trillion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas Assessed in the Arctic
Business News Network (BNN) talks to Donald Gautier, U.S. Geological Survey, June 4, 2009 [video clip 05:23]
PODCAST Science Magazine
As part of the featured article, from the Science Podcast: an interview with Don Gautier on new estimates of the amount of undiscovered oil and gas in the Arctic. Listen to Podcast
AAPG Datapages Sedimentary Successions of the Arctic Region by Grantz, et al. 2010 -- Second Edition (Open-File on AAPG website, zip file available for download)
Arctic Oil and Natural Gas Potential U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
East Greenland: Wegener Halvø. Photo by Stefan Piasecki (GEUS).
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