Energy Resources Program
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
USGS Publication: Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5041During the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the U.S. Geological Survey mapped the entire area underlain by oil shale of the Eocene Green River Formation in the Piceance Basin of western Colorado. This report places the sixty-nine 7½-minute geologic quadrangle maps and one 15-minute quadrangle map published during this period into a comprehensive time-stratigraphic framework based on the alternating rich and lean oil shale zones.
Monday, June 20, 2011
USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2011–3053Increased 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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2008-1152This report releases a database of digitized Fischer (shale-oil) assays of cores and cuttings from boreholes drilled in the Eocene Green River oil shale deposits in southwestern Wyoming.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
USGS Publication: Fact Sheet 2010–3041
Using a geologic-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated an in-place oil shale resource of 1.07 trillion barrels under Federal mineral rights, or 70 percent of the total oil shale in place, in the Piceance Basin, Colorado. More than 67 percent of the total oil shale in-place resource, or 1.027 trillion barrels, is under Federal surface management.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
USGS Publication: Open-File Report 98-483
This publication includes updated files containing Fischer assays of samples of core holes and cuttings from exploration drill holes drilled in the Eocene Green River Formation in the Piceance Basin of northwestern Colorado.
The Colorado Plateau is a large physiographic region, roughly centered on the Four Corners Region of the southwestern United States. This website provides an overview of the various studies the USGS Energy Resources Program has conducted in this area:
The USGS has completed several assessments of the Colorado Plateau:
Uinta Piceance Basin
San Juan Basin
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 Colorado Plateau page.
Coalbed methane assessments for the Colorado Plateau are currently available for the following basins:
Uinta Piceance Basin
San Juan Basin
USGS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Pertaining to "Coal"
Energy Resources Program - Powder River Basin, Wyoming
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