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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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July 6, 2020

Energy Quarterly - Summer 2020

As summer begins, here are a few highlights in our Energy Quarterly Newsletter.  This edition is a quick overview of the Energy Resources Program's assessments, research, data, and publications.  We also share highlights from our fellow program in the USGS Energy and Minerals Mission Area, the Mineral Resources Program.  

Date published: January 27, 2020

Special Issue Highlights One of the Most Extensive Gas Hydrate Datasets Ever Collected

The USGS and its research partners in India and Japan have reported on one of the most extensive data sets ever collected on the occurrence of natural gas hydrate.

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.

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Year Published: 2020

Assessment of water and proppant quantities associated with petroleum production from the Eagle Ford Group, Gulf Coast, Texas, 2019

Building on a geology-based assessment of undiscovered, technically recoverable petroleum resources in the Eagle Ford Group in south Texas, the U.S. Geological Survey has estimated the required water and proppant demands and formation water production volumes associated with possible future development of these petroleum resources. The results of...

Gianoutsos, Nicholas J.; Haines, Seth S.; Varela, Brian A.; Whidden, Katherine J.; Birdwell, Justin E.; Burke, Lauri A.; Drake, Ronald M.; Finn, Thomas M.; French, Katherine L.; Jenni, Karen E.; Kinney, Scott A.; Le, Phuong A.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Marra, Kristen R.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Paxton, Stanley T.; Pitman, Janet K.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Shaffer, Brian N.; Shorten, Chilisa M.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Woodall, Cheryl A.
Gianoutsos, N.J., Haines, S.S., Varela, B.A., Whidden, K.J., Birdwell, J.E., Burke, L.A., Drake, R.M, II, Finn, T.M., French, K.L., Jenni, K.E., Kinney, S.A., Le, P.A., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Marra, K.R., Mercier, T.J., Paxton, S.T., Pitman, J.K., Schenk, C.J., Shaffer, B.N., Shorten, C.M., Tennyson, M.E., and Woodall, C.A., 2020, Assessment of water and proppant quantities associated with petroleum production from the Eagle Ford Group, Gulf Coast, Texas, 2019 :U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3037, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203037.

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Structure contour and overburden maps of the Niobrara interval of the Upper Cretaceous Cody Shale in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming and Montana

The Bighorn Basin is a large intermontane sedimentary and structural basin that formed during the Laramide orogeny. The first commercial hydrocarbon production in the Bighorn Basin was established in 1906 from Cretaceous reservoirs at Garland field followed by the discovery of Greybull field in 1907.  Since then, many important conventional...

Finn, Thomas M.
Finn, T.M., 2020, Structure contour and overburden maps of the Niobrara interval of the Upper Cretaceous Cody Shale in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming and Montana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3457, scale 1:500,000, 2 sheets, 9 p. pamphlet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3457.

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Procedure for calculating estimated ultimate recoveries of wells in the Wolfcamp shale of the Midland Basin, Permian Basin Province, Texas

In 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey published an assessment of technically recoverable continuous oil and gas resources of the Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin, Permian Basin Province, Texas. Estimated ultimate recoveries (EURs) were calculated with production data from IHS MarkitTM using DeclinePlus software in the Harmony interface. These...

Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.
Leathers-Miller, H.M., 2020, Procedure for calculating estimated ultimate recoveries of wells in the Wolfcamp shale of the Midland Basin, Permian Basin Province, Texas: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5042, 5 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205042.