Potential shale-oil resources of a stratigraphic sequence above the Mahogany Zone, Green River Formation, Piceance Creek Basin, Colorado

Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
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Abstract

In the southern part of the Piceance Creek basin the upper part of the Green River Formation above the Mahogany zone contains beds of rich oil shale which may be economically recoverable by a surface-mining operation. Four units within this sequence were evaluated for thickness, distribution, oil yield, and potential shale-oil resources. In the area appraised, total estimated resources of 128.5 billion bbl of oil are contained within the sequence. It is thickest in T. 3 S., R. 96 W., where 354 feet of oil shale yields an average of 14 gal of oil per ton, with a total resource of 9.0 billion bbl. It is richest in T. 5 S., R. 96 W., where 250 feet of oil shale yields an average of 19 gal of oil per ton, with a total resource of 6.5 billion bbl. Resources are tabulated for four units of the sequence.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Potential shale-oil resources of a stratigraphic sequence above the Mahogany Zone, Green River Formation, Piceance Creek Basin, Colorado
Series title Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
Volume 1
Issue 4
Year Published 1973
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description 7 p.
First page 467
Last page 473
Country United States
State Colorado, Utah, Wyoming
Other Geospatial Eocene Green River Formation
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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