Energy Resources Program
Friday, August 30, 2013
Publication: Scientific Investigations Report
Accurate shear-wave velocities for shallow sediments are important for a variety of seismic applications such as inver-sion and amplitude versus offset analysis. During the U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored Gas Hydrate Joint Industry Project Leg II, shear-wave velocities were measured at six wells in the Gulf of Mexico using the logging-while-drilling SonicScope acoustic tool.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Poster awarded First Place for the Gordon I. Atwater Award recognizing best research poster presented at the 2012 Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Convention on October 21-24, 2012 in Austin, TX.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
USGS Publication: Open-File ReportThe U.S. Geological Survey created a comprehensive geopressure-gradient model of the regional pressure system spanning the onshore and offshore Gulf of Mexico basin, USA. This model was used to generate ten maps that included (1) five contour maps characterizing the depth to the surface defined by the first occurrence of isopressure gradients ranging from 0.60 psi/ft to 1.00 psi/ft, in 0.10-psi/ft increments; and (2) five supporting maps illustrating the spatial density of the data used to construct the contour maps.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Scientists returned from a 15‑day research expedition in the northern Gulf of Mexico with the best high-resolution seismic data and imagery ever obtained of sediments with high gas hydrate saturations.
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 20, 2012
USGS Publication: Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5159The Upper Cretaceous Austin Chalk forms a low-permeability, onshore Gulf of Mexico reservoir that produces oil and gas from major fractures oriented parallel to the underlying Lower Cretaceous shelf edge. Horizontal drilling links these fracture systems to create an interconnected network that drains the reservoir.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
USGS Publication: Open-File Report 2012–1144
The Middle Eocene Claiborne Group was assessed using established U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessment methodology for undiscovered conventional hydrocarbon resources as part of the 2007 USGS assessment of Paleogene-Neogene strata of the United States part of the Gulf of Mexico Basin including onshore and State waters. Total estimated mean undiscovered conventional hydrocarbon resources in the seven assessment units combined are 52 million barrels of oil, 19.145 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 1.205 billion barrels of natural gas liquids.
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.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Outside Publication: AAPG Search and DiscoveryMany oil and gas reservoirs in Tertiary strata of southern Louisiana are located close to the interface between a sand-rich, normally pressured sequence and an underlying sand-poor, overpressured sequence. This association, recognized for many years by Gulf Coast explorationists, is revisited here because of its relevance to an assessment of undiscovered oil and gas potential in the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.
The Gulf Coast Region is a physiographic province extending from Texas to Florida and encompasses the coastal plain, low hills, and deltas of the Gulf of Mexico. This is a geologically stable area characterized by low relief terraces extending to the continental shelf. Sediments consist of coastal plain deposits and thick land-derived sediments prograding from the Mississippi River delta system; ultimately transitioning to evaporite and carbonate deposits offshore. Coastlines exhibit wave and delta dominated features and landforms such as barrier islands, bays, and marshes. The Mississippi River also supports a diverse economy in the region. A large percentage of the present and future energy resources of the United States are located in the Gulf Coast Region, highlighting the importance for energy research and assessments. This web site provides access to the Energy Resources Program research activities and products within the Gulf Coast Region.
Highlighted Gulf Coast Assessment Publications
Select product areas on the stratigraphic column below to view corresponding USGS oil and gas assessment publications:
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The USGS has completed several assessments of the Gulf Coast. This information is summarized on the Oil and Gas Assessment Gulf Coast 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 Gulf Coast page.
There are coalbed methane assessments for the Gulf Coast currently available.
USGS has created a comprehensive geopressure-gradient model of the regional pressure system spanning the onshore and offshore portions of the Gulf of Mexico, USA..
This series of five maps characterizes the subsurface pressure system of southern Louisiana, including the associated State and Federal waters.
Energy Resources Program - World Energy Map Showing Geology, Oil and Gas Fields, and Geologic Provinces of the Gulf of Mexico Region
USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Internet Map Server
USGS Gulf Integrated Science Website
USGS National Wetlands Research Center
Reservoirs and Petroleum Systems of the Gulf Coast (AAPG Datapages website) - Courtesy of Janet Pitman, USGS
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