In 2021 the United States Geological Survey (USGS) sampled the lower part of the Upper Cretaceous Lewis Shale in the eastern part of the Southwestern Wyoming Province to better characterize its petroleum source rock potential for an upcoming resource assessment. Ninety-five samples from 24 wells were collected from well cuttings of the lower part of the Lewis Shale stored at the U.S. Geological Survey Core Research Center in Lakewood, Colorado. The selected wells are located near the shallow margins of the basin to obtain samples that were not subjected to the effects of deep burial and subsequent organic carbon loss due to thermal maturation as described by Daly and Edman (1987) (fig, 1). The sample intervals were selected based on high gamma ray responses that Pyles and Slatt (2007) interpreted to be organic-rich condensed sections. Special emphasis was given to the Asquith marker bed which represents the maximum transgression of the Lewis Shale (Pasternack, 2005) (fig. 2).
|Title||New Source Rock Data for the Lewis Shale from the eastern part of the Southwestern Wyoming Province, Wyoming and Colorado|
|Authors||Thomas M Finn, Mark F Dreier, Thomas A Oliver|
|Product Type||Data Release|
|Record Source||USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog|
|USGS Organization||Central Energy Resources Science Center|