Controls on Unconventional Oil and Gas Production

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This scoping task incorporates insights from new approaches to production of unconventional resources and currently focuses on conducting a pilot assessment of biogenic natural gas resources in the Permian Basin. For the pilot assessment to occur, we are developing a database that will host geochemical parameters known to be suggestive of microbial methanogenesis mined to the reservoir level for all gas-producing reservoirs in the Permian Basin. In addition, a methodology determining amounts of thermogenic, biogenic, and mixed-origin natural gas currently stored in or produced from reservoirs will also be drafted.

Whidden, K., and Ruppert, J., 2016, Conceptual framework for USGS research initiative focused on continuous reservoirs: USGS White Paper for the USGS Energy Resources Program, 9 pages.

Shelton, J.L., Barnhart, E.P., and Ruppert, J., 2018, Assessment of biogenic gas resources from hydrocarbon reservoirs across the United States: Administrative Reports, 11 p.