Economics of U.S. Oil and Gas Resources

Low Cost Development Strategy of Incremental Oil in Legacy Reservoirs

Low Cost Development Strategy of Incremental Oil in Legacy Reservoirs

SPE/IAEE Hydrocarbon Economics and Evaluation Symposium, 17-18 May, Houston, Texas, USA.

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Flow Regime Changes in Hydraulically Fractured Bakken Oil Wells

Flow Regime Changes in Hydraulically Fractured Bakken Oil Wells

Natural Resources Research, pp 259-272, Vol. 28, No. 1.

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The U.S. Geological Survey prepares geologic assessments of undiscovered and undeveloped (identified) oil and gas resources (see National Oil and Gas Assessment website). In addition to our USGS oil and gas geologic assessments, economic research gives policymakers and analysts in the private sector additional information by scaling economic variables. Economic attributes must include the costs of finding, developing, and producing undiscovered and undeveloped resources for both conventional and unconventional oil and gas occurrences.  This research activity provides for the economic analysis of selected USGS energy resource geologic assessments so that government policymakers and industry decision makers have information on what part of the resource is commercial and, if currently produced, how long production can be sustained. Another thrust of this ongoing research is to propose enhancements in assessment methods that would permit more transparency in the economic analysis of the assessed resource.