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The United States Geological Survey (USGS), Central Energy Resources Science Center (CERSC) addresses national and global energy geoscience issues and conducts interdisciplinary research on energy systems.   You can explore the projects that are based here using the 'Science' option to the left.

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We are located on the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, CO.  For more information, please call 303-236-1647

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We conduct research and assessments to advance the understanding of the Nation's energy resources.  To read more about our what we do, visit the Science tab or select from the links below.

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Date published: October 3, 2019

USGS Estimates 214 trillion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas in Appalachian Basin Formations

The Marcellus Shale and Point Pleasant-Utica Shale formations of the Appalachian Basin contain an estimated mean of 214 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable continuous resources of natural gas, according to new USGS assessments.

Date published: September 10, 2019

USGS Estimates 53.8 Trillion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas Hydrate Resources in the Alaska North Slope

Access to 3D seismic mapping, along with a greater understanding of gas hydrate reservoir properties, yields estimates that are more precise.

Date published: April 26, 2019

Test Well Confirms Two Gas Hydrate Reservoirs in Alaska North Slope

In the far north of Alaska, near the giant Prudhoe Bay oil field, an international research consortium has been studying the potential of an altogether different energy source.  In late December of 2018, drilling operations confirmed the existence of two high-quality reservoirs that were fully saturated with a potential alternative fuel source: gas hydrate.

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Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in Jurassic Posidonia Shales of Greece and Albania, 2019

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 118 million barrels of continuous oil and 170 billion cubic feet of continuous gas in the Jurassic Posidonia Shale Total Petroleum System of western Greece and southern Albania.

Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Finn, Thomas M.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Marra, Kristen R.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Le, Phuong A.; Drake, Ronald M.
Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Tennyson, M.E., Finn, T.M., Woodall, C.A., Brownfield, M.E., Marra, K.R., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Le, P.A., and Drake, R.M., II, 2019, Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in Jurassic Posidonia Shales of Greece and Albania, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3075, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193075.

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Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in Jurassic Shales of the eastern Arabian Peninsula, 2019

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 5.6 billion barrels of oil and 109.1 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Jurassic Hanifa-Tuwaiq Total Petroleum System of the Arabian Peninsula.

Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Finn, Thomas M.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Marra, Kristen R.; Le, Phuong A.; Drake, Ronald M.; Kinney, Scott A.
Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Woodall, C.A., Tennyson, M.E., Finn, T.M., Brownfield, M.E., Marra, K.R., Le, P.A., Drake, R.M., II, and Kinney, S.A., 2019, Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in Jurassic shales of the eastern Arabian Peninsula, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3071, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193071.

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Lithologic descriptions, geophysical logs, and source-rock geochemistry of the U.S. Geological Survey Alcova Reservoir AR–1–13 Core Hole, Natrona County, Wyoming

In 2013, a continuous 624-foot core hole was drilled and logged by the U.S. Geological Survey in Natrona County, Wyoming, with the goal to better understand Cretaceous source rocks in the Wind River Basin. The core hole, named the Alcova Reservoir AR–1–13, penetrated the interval extending from the upper part of the Lower Cretaceous Cloverly...

Kirschbaum, Mark A.; Finn, Thomas M.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Hawkins, Sarah J.
Kirschbaum, M.A., Finn, T.M., Schenk, C.J., and Hawkins, S.J., 2019, Lithologic descriptions, geophysical logs, and source-rock geochemistry of the U.S. Geological Survey Alcova Reservoir AR–1–13 core hole, Natrona County, Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5123, 33 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195123.