Energy Resources Program

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Year Published: 2020

Organic petrography of Leonardian (Wolfcamp A) mudrocks and carbonates, Midland Basin, Texas: The fate of oil-prone sedimentary organic matter in the oil window

To better understand evolution of oil-prone sedimentary organic matter to petroleum and expulsion from source rock, we evaluated organic petrographic features of Leonardian Wolfcamp A repetitive siliceous and calcareous mudrock and fine-grained carbonate lithofacies cycles occurring in the R. Ricker #1 core from Reagan County, Midland Basin, Texas...

Hackley, Paul C.; Zhang, Tongwei; Jubb, Aaron M.; Valentine, Brett J.; Dulong, Frank T.; Hatcherian, Javin J.

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Trends in biodiversity and habitat quantification tools used for market‐based conservation in the United States

Market-based conservation mechanisms are designed to facilitate conservation and mitigation actions for habitat and biodiversity. Their potential is partly hindered, however, by issues surrounding the quantification tools used to assess habitat quality and functionality. Specifically, a lack of transparency and standardization in tool...

Chiavacci, Scott J.; Pindilli, Emily J.

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Assessment experimental semivariogram uncertainty in the presence of a polynomial drift

The semivariogram, which measures the spatial variability between experimental data, is generally used as a structural input in all two-point geostatistical procedures. However, in most geoscience applications, experimental semivariograms are usually computed from a limited number of sparsely spaced measurements, which results in uncertainty...

Oktay, Erten; Pardo-Igúzquiza, Eulogio; Olea, Ricardo A.

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Year Published: 2019

New method for correcting bottomhole temperatures acquired from wireline logging measurements and calibrated for the onshore Gulf of Mexico Basin, U.S.A.

Bottomhole temperature (BHT) measurements offer a useful way to characterize the subsurface thermal regime as long as they are corrected to represent in situ reservoir temperatures. BHT correction methods calibrated for the domestic onshore Gulf of Mexico basin were established in this study. These corrections are empirically derived and based on...

Burke, Lauri A.; Pearson, Ofori N.; Kinney, Scott A.
Burke, L.A., Pearson, O.N., and Kinney, S.A., 2020, New method for correcting bottomhole temperatures acquired from wireline logging measurements and calibrated for the onshore Gulf of Mexico basin, U.S.A.: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1143, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191143.

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Geology and assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Amerasia Basin Province, 2008

The Amerasia Basin Province encompasses the Canada Basin and the sediment prisms along the Alaska and Canada margins, outboard from basinward margins (hingelines) of the rift shoulders that formed during extensional opening of the Canada Basin. The province includes the Mackenzie River delta and slope, the outer shelves and marine slopes along the...

Moore, Thomas E.; Gautier, Donald L.; Houseknecht, David W.; Bird, Kenneth J.; Garrity, Christopher P.
Houseknecht, D.W., Bird, K.J., and Garrity, C.P., 2020, Geology and assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Amerasia Basin Province, 2008, chap. BB of Moore, T.E., and Gautier, D.L., eds., The 2008 Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1824, 33 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1824BB. [Supersedes USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5146.

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Element cycling in the Middle-Late Triassic Shublik Formation: Mineralization vs. recycling of biolimiting nutrients in an unconventional resource play

The Triassic Shublik Formation in northern Alaska is one of the major source rocks in North America, having generated much of the petroleum in Prudhoe Bay and associated fields. The middle Shublik Formation, the focus of this study, is a highly phosphatic, organic-rich carbonate mudstone interval. Apatite cements can occur as phosphatic peloids,...

Whidden, Katherine J.; Dumoulin, Julie A.; Macquaker, James; Birdwell, Justin E.; Boehlke, Adam; French, Katherine L.

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Implications of aggregating daily production data on estimates of ultimate recovery from horizontal hydraulically fractured Bakken oil wells

The level to which data are aggregated can impact analytical and predictive modeling results. In this short paper we discuss some of our findings regarding the impacts of data aggregation on estimating change points in the production profiles of horizontal hydraulically fractured Bakken oil wells. Change points occur when production transitions...

Coburn, T. C.; Attanasi, Emil D.

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Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in Jurassic Posidonia Shales of Greece and Albania, 2019

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 118 million barrels of continuous oil and 170 billion cubic feet of continuous gas in the Jurassic Posidonia Shale Total Petroleum System of western Greece and southern Albania.

Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Finn, Thomas M.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Marra, Kristen R.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Le, Phuong A.; Drake, Ronald M.
Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Tennyson, M.E., Finn, T.M., Woodall, C.A., Brownfield, M.E., Marra, K.R., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Le, P.A., and Drake, R.M., II, 2019, Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in Jurassic Posidonia Shales of Greece and Albania, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3075, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193075.

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Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in Jurassic Shales of the eastern Arabian Peninsula, 2019

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 5.6 billion barrels of oil and 109.1 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Jurassic Hanifa-Tuwaiq Total Petroleum System of the Arabian Peninsula.

Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Finn, Thomas M.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Marra, Kristen R.; Le, Phuong A.; Drake, Ronald M.; Kinney, Scott A.
Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Woodall, C.A., Tennyson, M.E., Finn, T.M., Brownfield, M.E., Marra, K.R., Le, P.A., Drake, R.M., II, and Kinney, S.A., 2019, Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in Jurassic shales of the eastern Arabian Peninsula, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3071, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193071.

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Year Published: 2019

Berea Sandstone petroleum system

Since 2011, production of sweet high gravity oil from the Upper Devonian Berea Sandstone in northeastern Kentucky has caused the region to become the leading oil producer in the state. Remarkably, Berea oil is being produced at depths of 2,200 ft or less and in an area in which the prospective source rocks—the overlying Mississippian Sunbury Shale...

Parris, T. Marty; Greb, Stephen F.; Eble, Cortland F.; Hackley, Paul C.; Harris, David C.

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A probabilistic assessment methodology for carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery and associated carbon dioxide retention

The U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 authorized the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct a national assessment of the potential volume of hydrocarbons recoverable by injection of carbon dioxide (CO2) into known oil reservoirs with historical production. The implementation of CO2 enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) techniques could...

Warwick, Peter D.; Attanasi, Emil D.; Olea, Ricardo A.; Blondes, Madalyn S.; Freeman, Philip A.; Brennan, Sean T.; Merrill, Matthew D.; Verma, Mahendra K.; Karacan, C. Özgen; Shelton, Jenna L.; Lohr, Celeste D.; Jahediesfanjani, Hossein; Roueché, Jacqueline N.
Warwick, P.D., Attanasi, E.D., Olea, R.A., Blondes, M.S., Freeman, P.A., Brennan, S.T., Merrill, M.D., Verma, M.K., Karacan, C.Ö., Shelton, J.L., Lohr, C.D., Jahediesfanjani, H., and Roueché, J.N., 2019, A probabilistic assessment methodology for carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery and associated carbon dioxide retention: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5115, 51 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195115.

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Lithologic descriptions, geophysical logs, and source-rock geochemistry of the U.S. Geological Survey Alcova Reservoir AR–1–13 Core Hole, Natrona County, Wyoming

In 2013, a continuous 624-foot core hole was drilled and logged by the U.S. Geological Survey in Natrona County, Wyoming, with the goal to better understand Cretaceous source rocks in the Wind River Basin. The core hole, named the Alcova Reservoir AR–1–13, penetrated the interval extending from the upper part of the Lower Cretaceous Cloverly...

Kirschbaum, Mark A.; Finn, Thomas M.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Hawkins, Sarah J.
Kirschbaum, M.A., Finn, T.M., Schenk, C.J., and Hawkins, S.J., 2019, Lithologic descriptions, geophysical logs, and source-rock geochemistry of the U.S. Geological Survey Alcova Reservoir AR–1–13 core hole, Natrona County, Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5123, 33 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195123.