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Economic and environmental evaluations of extractable coal resources conducted by the U. S. Geological Survey

February 1, 2002

The Economic and Environmental Evaluations of Extractable Coal Resources (E4CR) project integrates economic analyses of extractable coal resources with environmental and coal quality considerations in order to better understand the contribution that coal resources can make to help meet the Nation’s future energy needs. The project utilizes coal resource information derived from the recent National Coal Resource Assessment (NCRA), National Oil and Gas Assessment (NOGA), and Coal Availability and Recoverability Studies (CARS) conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and other State and Federal cooperating agencies. The E4CR evaluations are designed to augment economic models created by the U.S. Geological Survey CARS and NCRA projects and by the Department of Energy/Energy Information Administration (DOE/EIA). E4CR evaluations are conducted on potentially minable coal beds within selected coalfields in the United States. Emphasis is placed on coalfields containing Federally owned coal and within or adjacent to Federal lands, as shown in U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheets 012-98, 145-99, and 011-00 (U.S. Geological Survey, 1998, 1999, 2000). Other considerations for the selection of study areas include coal quality, potential environmental impact of coal production activities and coal utilization, the potential for coalbed methane development from the coal, and projected potential for future mining. Completion dates for the E4CR studies loosely follow the schedule for analogous NOGA studies to allow for a comparison of different energy resources in similar geographic areas.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2001
Title Economic and environmental evaluations of extractable coal resources conducted by the U. S. Geological Survey
DOI 10.3133/fs10901
Authors M.S. Ellis, T.J. Rohrbacher, M. D. Carter, C.L. Molnia, L. M. Osmonson, D.C. Scott
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 109-01
Index ID fs10901
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse