New Source Rock Data for the Niobrara and Sage Breaks intervals of the lower Cody Shale in the Wyoming part of the Bighorn Basin
In 2019 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) quantitively assessed the potential for undiscovered, technically recoverable continuous (unconventional) oil and gas resources in the Niobrara interval of the Cody Shale in the Bighorn Basin Province (Finn and others, 2019). Leading up to the assessment, in 2017, the USGS collected samples from the Niobrara and underlying Sage Breaks intervals (Finn, 2019) to better characterize the source rock potential of the Niobrara interval. Eighty-two samples from 31 wells were collected from the well cuttings collection stored at the USGS Core Research Center in Lakewood, Colorado. The selected wells are located near the outcrop belt along 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). Sixty samples are from the Niobrara interval, and 22 from the Sage Breaks interval (fig. 2).
|New Source Rock Data for the Niobrara and Sage Breaks intervals of the lower Cody Shale in the Wyoming part of the Bighorn Basin
|Thomas M Finn, Mark F Dreier, Thomas A Oliver
|USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
|Central Energy Resources Science Center