Wednesday, April 10, 2013

USGS Map Released: Map of Assessed Shale Gas in the United States, 2012

Recently, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a map titled Map of Assessed Shale Gas in the United States, 2012 (USGS Data Series: 69-Z). The 22-page document available here, compiled by Laura H.R. Biewick illustrates the following:
[t]he U.S. Geological Survey has compiled a map of shale-gas assessments in the United States that were completed by 2012 as part of the National Assessment of Oil and Gas Project. Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey quantitatively estimated potential volumes of undiscovered gas within shale-gas assessment units. These shale-gas assessment units are mapped, and square-mile cells are shown to represent proprietary shale-gas wells. The square-mile cells include gas-producing wells from shale intervals. In some cases, shale-gas formations contain gas in deeper parts of a basin and oil at shallower depths (for example, the Woodford Shale and the Eagle Ford Shale). Because a discussion of shale oil is beyond the scope of this report, only shale-gas assessment units and cells are shown. The map can be printed as a hardcopy map or downloaded for interactive analysis in a Geographic Information System data package using the ArcGIS map document (file extension MXD) and published map file (file extension PMF). Also available is a publications access table with hyperlinks to current U.S. Geological Survey shale gas assessment publications and web pages. Assessment results and geologic reports are available as completed at the U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resources Program Web Site, A historical perspective of shale gas activity in the United States is documented and presented in a video clip included as a PowerPoint slideshow.

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