Eastern Energy Resources Science Center


The Eastern Energy Resources Science Center (EERSC) addresses national and global energy geoscience issues and conducts interdisciplinary research on energy systems.

What We Provide

The Center provides earth-science information and interpretations essential to building a framework for the identification and assessment of economically stable and environmentally sound resources of petroleum, natural gas, and coal.

What We Address

The Center addresses the economic and environmental effects of energy production and studies unconventional resources including gas hydrates, geothermal resources, uranium, oil shale, and bitumen and heavy oil.


Date published: March 18, 2020

USGS Releases A New Assessment Methodology for Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery and Associated Carbon Dioxide Retention

The U.S. Geological Survey has developed a new assessment method to estimate how much oil and gas could be produced by injecting carbon dioxide into petroleum reservoirs. The methodology also includes a way to estimate the amount of carbon dioxide remaining in the reservoir after the production of oil and gas is complete.

Date published: January 23, 2020

USGS Releases Estimate of Conventional Oil and Gas in Alaska Central North Slope

USGS continues its estimates of technically recoverable oil and gas in Alaska's North Slope.

Date published: March 8, 2019

Making Minerals-How Growing Rocks Can Help Reduce Carbon Emissions

Following an assessment of geologic carbon storage potential in sedimentary rocks, the USGS has published a comprehensive review of potential carbon storage in igneous and metamorphic rocks through a process known as carbon mineralization.


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Year Published: 2020

Methodology for estimating the prospective CO2 storage resource of residual oil zones at the national and regional scale

Residual oil zones (ROZs) are increasingly gaining interest as potential reservoirs for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. Here, we present a national- and regional-scale methodology for estimating prospective CO2 storage resources in residual oil zones. This methodology uses a volumetric equation that accounts for CO2 storage as a free phase...

Sanguinito, Sean; Singh, Harpreet; Myshakin, Evgeniy M.; Goodman, Angela L.; Dilmore, Robert M.; Grant, Timothy C.; Morgan, David; Bromhal, Grant; Warwick, Peter D.; Brennan, Sean T.; Freeman, Philip A.; Karacan, C. Özgen; Gorecki, Charles; Peck, Wesley; Burton-Kelly, Matthew; Dotzenrod, Neil; Frailey, Scott; Pawar, Rajesh

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Organic compounds in produced waters from the Bakken Formation and Three Forks Formation in the Williston Basin, North Dakota

The organic composition of produced waters (flowback and formation waters) from the middle member of the Bakken Formation and the Three Forks Formation in the Williston Basin, North Dakota were examined to aid in the remediation of surface contamination and help develop treatment methods for produced-water recycling. Twelve produced water samples...

Varonka, Matthew S.; Gallegos, Tanya; Bates, Anne L.; Doolan, Colin A.; Orem, William H.

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Effect of copper salts on hydrothermal oxidative decarboxylation: A study of phenylacetic acid

Decarboxylation of carboxylic acids is favored under hydrothermal conditions, and can be influenced by dissolved metals. Here, we use phenylacetic acid as a model compound to study its hydrothermal decarboxylation in the presence of copper(II) salts but no O2. Our results showed a strong oxidizing role of copper in facilitating oxidative...

Fu, Xuan; Jamison, Megan; Jubb, Aaron M.; Liao, Yiju; Aspin, Alexandria; Hayes, Kyle; Glein, Christopher R; Yang, Ziming