Energy Resources Program

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Year Published: 2020

Biomarker similarities between the saline lacustrine Eocene Green River and the Paleoproterozoic Barney Creek Formations

The Paleoproterozoic Barney Creek Formation, which is currently interpreted as a restricted, deep marine paleoenvironment, plays a disproportionate role in our understanding of Proterozoic ocean chemistry and the rise of complex life. The Barney Creek Formation hosts several unusual biomarker features, specifically its methylhopane and carotenoid...

French, Katherine L.; Birdwell, Justin E.; Vanden Berg, Michael

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Review of studies of composition, toxicology and human health impacts of wastewater from unconventional oil and gas development from shale

Unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extractions has produced large economic benefits. However, prudent management of UOG wastes necessitates a thorough understanding of the complex composition, fate, and potential impacts of wastewater releases. UOG production results in large volumes of wastewater. Despite limited re-use of the wastewater, the...

Crosby, Lynn M.; Orem, William H.

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Direct trace element determination in oil and gas produced waters with inductively coupled plasma - Optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES): Advantages of high salinity tolerance

Waters co-produced during petroleum extraction are the largest waste stream from oil and gas development. Reuse or disposal of these waters is difficult due to their high salinities and the sheer volumes generated. Produced waters may also contain valuable mineral commodities. While an understanding of produced water trace element composition is...

Jubb, Aaron M.; Engle, Mark; Chenault, Jessica; Blondes, Madalyn; Danforth, Cloelle G.; Doolan, Colin; Gallegos, Tanya; Mueller, Dan; Shelton, Jenna

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Applications of correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) to organic matter in the North American shale petroleum systems

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has revolutionized our understanding of shale petroleum systems through microstructural characterization of dispersed organic matter (OM). However, due to the low atomic weight of carbon, all OM appears black in SEM (BSE image) regardless of differences in thermal maturity or OM type (kerogen types or solid...

Valentine, Brett J.; Hackley, Paul C.

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Natural gas hydrates: Status of potential as an energy resource

Gas hydrate is a widespread naturally-occurring combination of water and natural gases. Gas hydrate is found in shallow sediments of deepwater regions of the continental margins and in areas of continuous permafrost. Where gas supply is sufficient and migration pathways connect gas sources to favorable reservoirs, gas hydrate can accumulate to...

Boswell, Ray; Hancock, Steve; Yamamoto, Koji; Collett, Timothy; Pratap, Mahendra; Lee, Sung-Rock

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Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Central North Slope of Alaska, 2020

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 3.6 billion barrels of oil and 8.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (associated and nonassociated) in conventional accumulations in Mississippian through Paleogene strata in the central North Slope...

Houseknecht, David W.; Whidden, Katherine J.; Connors, Christopher D.; Lease, Richard O.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Rouse, William A.; Botterell, Palma J.; Smith, Rebecca A.; Sanders, Margaret M.; Craddock, William H.; DeVera, Christina A.; Garrity, Christopher P.; Buursink, Marc L.; Karacan, C. Özgen; Heller, Samuel J.; Moore, Thomas E.; Dumoulin, Julie A.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; French, Katherine L.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Drake, Ronald M.; Marra, Kristen R.; Finn, Thomas M.; Kinney, Scott A.; Shorten, Chilisa M.
Houseknecht, D.W., Whidden, K.J., Connors, C.D., Lease, R.O., Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Rouse, W.A., Botterell, P.J., Smith, R.A., Sanders, M.M., Craddock, W.H., DeVera, C.A., Garrity, C.P., Buursink, M.L., Karacan, C.O., Heller, S.J., Moore, T.E., Dumoulin, J.A., Tennyson, M.E., French, K.L., Woodall, C.A., Drake, R.M., II, Marra, K.R., Finn, T.M., Kinney, S.A., and Shorten, C.M., 2020, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the central North Slope of Alaska, 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3001, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203001.

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A chemo-mechanical snapshot of in-situ conversion of kerogen to petroleum

Organic matter (OM) from various biogenic origins converts to solid bitumen in-situ when it undergoes thermal maturation. It is well documented that during this process, the ratios of both hydrogen and oxygen to carbon will decrease, resulting in an increase in OM aromaticity and molecular chemo-mechanical homogeneity. Although there...

Abarghani, Arash; Ostadhassan, Mehdi; Hackley, Paul C.; Pomerantz, Andrew E.; Nejati, Siamak

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Coal biomethanation potential of various ranks from Pakistan: A possible alternative energy source

The present study investigated the possibility of microbial transformations of coal to gas (biogasification) as an alternative to conventional coal mining because this approach has the potential to be less expensive, cleaner, and providinge greater access to deeper coal resources. Biogasification is often associated with low rank coal such as...

Malik, Aneela Y.; Ishtiaq Ali, Muhammad ; Jamal, Asif; Farooq, Uzma; Khatoon, Nazia; Orem, William H.; Barnhart, Elliott P.; SanFilipo, John R.; He, Huan; Huang, Zaixing

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Shift in the Raman symmetric stretching band of N2, CO2, and CH4 as a function of temperature, pressure, and density

The Raman spectra of pure N2, CO2, and CH4 were analyzed over the range 10 to 500 bars and from −160°C to 200°C (N2), 22°C to 350°C (CO2), and −100°C to 450°C (CH4). At constant temperature, Raman peak position, including the more intense CO2 peak (ν+), decreases (shifts to lower wave number) with increasing pressure for all three gases...

Sublett Jr., D. Matthew; Sendula, Eszter; Lamadrid, Hector; Steele-MacInnis, Matthew; Spiekermann, Georg; Burruss, Robert; Bodnar, Robert J.

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Testing reproducibility of vitrinite and solid bitumen reflectance measurements in North American unconventional source-rock reservoir petroleum systems

An interlaboratory study (ILS) was conducted to test reproducibility of vitrinite and solid bitumen reflectance measurements in six mudrock samples from United States unconventional source-rock reservoir petroleum systems. Samples selected from the Marcellus, Haynesville, Eagle Ford, Barnett, Bakken and Woodford are representative of resource...

Hackley, Paul C.; Araujo, Carla V.; Borrego, Angeles G.; Bouzinos, Antonis; Cardott, Brian J.; Carvajal-Ortiz, H.; Rocio Lopez Cely, Martha; Chabalala, Vongani; Crosdale, Peter J.; Demchuk, Thomas D.; Eble, Cortland F.; Flores, Deolinda; Furmann, Agnieszka; Gentzis, Thomas; Goncalves, Paula; Guvad, Carsten; Hamor-Vido, M.; Jelonek, Iwona; Johnston, M.; Juliao-Lemus, Tatiana; Kalaitzidis, Stavros; Knowles, Wayne; Kus, Jolanta; Li, Zhongsheng; Macleod, Gordon; Mastalerz, Maria; Rego Menezes, Taissa; Ocubalidet, Seare; Orban, Richard; Pickel, Walter; Ranasinghe, Paddy; Ribeiro, Joana; Gomez Rojas, Olga Patricia; Ruiz-Monroy, Ricardo; Schmidt, Jaques; Seyedolali, Abbas; Siavalas, Georgios; Suarez-Ruiz, Isabel; Vargas, Carlos Vargas; Valentine, Brett J.; Wagner, Nicola; Wrolson, Bree; Jaramillo Zapata, Julian Esteban

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Dimensional effects of inter-phase mass transfer on attenuation of structurally trapped gaseous carbon dioxide in shallow aquifers

Based on experimental evidence and using mathematical modeling, inter-phase mass transfer processes of CO2 exsolving from and dissolving into water in heterogeneous porous media are investigated under two fundamentally different flow conditions: in a quasi one dimensional vertical column and in a two-dimensional tank with a lateral background...

Jakub Solovsky; Radek Fucik; Plampin, Michelle R.; Illangasekare, Tissa H. ; Jiri Mikyska

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The contributions and influence of two Americans, Henry S. Washington and Frank A. Perret, to the study of Italian volcanism with emphasis on volcanoes in the Naples area

A century ago, two Americans, Henry Stephens Washington and Frank Alvord Perret, made significant contributions to the geology, petrology, and volcanology of Italy, in particular to those volcanoes in the Naples area, Vesuvius, Campi Flegrei (Phlegraean Fields), and the Island of Ischia. Both were from the eastern United States, both were born in...

Belkin, Harvey E.; Tom Gidwitz