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Petroleum geology of the state of Washington

January 1, 1997

This report describes the potential petroleum resources of Washington State as recently summarized in the 1995 U.S. Geological Survey National Assessment of Oil and Gas Resources. Eight conventional petroleum plays, three coal-bed gas plays, and two continuous-type gas plays are defined and characterized. Of these plays, the potential for significant petroleum accumulations appears greatest in the Columbia Plateau region of eastern Washington. Potential accumulations in western Washington are smaller but could have local economic significance. The absence of high-quality petroleum source rocks is probably the most important factor limiting development of large accumulations.

Publication Year 1997
Title Petroleum geology of the state of Washington
DOI 10.3133/pp1582
Authors Samuel Y. Johnson, Marilyn E. Tennyson, William S. Lingley, Ben E. Law
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Professional Paper
Series Number 1582
Index ID pp1582
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse