Energy Resources Program

Assessments

U.S. Oil and Gas Resource Assessments

U.S. Oil and Gas Resource Assessments

The USGS assesses potential for undiscovered oil and gas resources in priority geologic provinces in the United States.  This website highlights conventional and unconventional (continuous) oil and gas assessments.

National Assessments

World Oil and Gas Resource Assessments

World Oil and Gas Resource Assessments

The USGS assesses potential for undiscovered oil and gas resources in priority geologic provinces in the World.  This website highlights conventional and unconventional (continuous) oil and gas resources (such as shale gas) for more than 170 basins

World Assessments
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Date published: April 26, 2019
Status: Active

World Oil and Gas Resource Assessments

The USGS World Energy Project conducts geologic studies that provide an understanding of the quantity, quality, and geologic distribution of world oil and gas resources. Our geologic studies are conducted in an impartial manner and are performed in collaboration and partnership with energy experts within and outside government. Through synthesis and improved understanding of global oil and gas...

Date published: April 19, 2019
Status: Active

United States Assessments of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources

USGS Energy Resources Program provides periodic assessments of the oil and natural gas endowment of the United States and the World (click here for information about World Oil and Gas Assessments).  This website provides access to new, prioritized, assessment results and supporting data for the United States, as part...

Date published: March 26, 2019
Status: Active

Quantities of water associated with oil and gas development

Work in this task of the Oil and Gas Waters Project focuses on quantifying the water used during hydrocarbon development and the water produced along with oil and gas.  Hydraulic fracturing is an integral part of oil and gas development in many areas, and water use for this purpose has increased considerably in the...

Contacts: Seth Haines
Date published: March 26, 2019
Status: Active

Assessment of Unconventional Energy Potential of Methane Released from Active and Abandoned Mines

Large underground coal mines, especially longwall mines, disturb an extensive layer of strata overlying and underlying the mined coal seam due to induced stresses and due to collapse of the coal-bearing strata into the void left from mined coal. This volume of strata disturbed by mining is termed as the gas emission zone, which often contains other gassy coal seams of non-economic value, thin...

Contacts: Cevat O Karacan
Date published: December 19, 2018
Status: Active

Eastern Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has conducted several assessments of undiscovered oil and gas in formations in the Blue Ridge Thrust Belt (5068), Piedmont Province (5069), Atlantic Coastal Plain Province (5070), and the New England Province (5072).  These basins are generally east of the Appalachian Basin...

Date published: December 11, 2018
Status: Active

Oil and Gas Waters Project

The primary objective of this project is to provide information on the volume, quality, impacts, and possible uses of water produced during generation and development of energy resources (particularly hydrocarbons) as well as related fluids injected into reservoirs for energy development and associated waste disposal.  The purpose of this work is to address scientific and societal questions...

Date published: December 7, 2018

Cincinnati Arch Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Cincinnati Arch Province (5066) :

 

Date published: December 7, 2018

Arkoma Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Arkoma Basin Province 5062:

Date published: December 7, 2018

Southern Oklahoma Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered continuous oil and gas resources of the Southern Oklahoma Province (5061):

 

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Sedgwick Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Province Code: 5059

The Salina Basin Province (5059), covers an area of about 45,000 sq mi, consisting of the eastern half of Nebraska and the north-central portion of Kansas. The basin lies between the Cambridge Arch-Central Kansas Uplift Province (5053) on the west, the Nemaha Uplift Province (5055) to the east, the Sioux Arch Province (5032) to the north, and a...

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Ozark Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Ozark Uplift Province (5057):

 

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Nemaha Uplift Province Oil and Gas Assessment

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Nemaha Uplift Province (5055):