Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated a total of 4.285 trillion barrels of oil in-place in the oil shale of the three principal basins of the Eocene Green River Formation. Using oil shale cutoffs of potentially viable (15 gallons per ton) and high grade (25 gallons per ton), it is estimated that between 353 billion and 1.146 trillion barrels of the in-place resource have a high potential for development.
|Title||In-place oil shale resources examined by grade in the major basins of the Green River Formation, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming|
|Authors||Justin E. Birdwell, Tracey J. Mercier, Ronald C. Johnson, Michael E. Brownfield|
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Series Title||Fact Sheet|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Central Energy Resources Science Center|