Executive summary - Geologic assessment of coal in the Gulf of Mexico coastal plain, U.S.A.

AAPG Studies in Geology 62- 1
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Edited by: Peter D. WarwickAlexander K. KarlsenMatthew D. Merrill, and Brett J. Valentine

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Abstract

The National Coal Resource Assessment (NCRA) project of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has assessed the quantity and quality of the nation's coal deposits that potentially could be mined during the next few decades. For eight years, geologic, geochemical, and resource information was collected and compiled for the five major coal-producing regions of the United States: the Appalachian Basin, Illinois Basin, Northern Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, Colorado Plateau, and the western part of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plain (Gulf Coast) region (Figure 1). In particular, the NCRA assessed resource estimates, compiled coal-quality information, and characterized environmentally sensitive trace elements, such as arsenic and mercury, that are mentioned in the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1990). The results of the USGS coal assessment efforts may be found at: http://energy.cr.usgs.gov/coal/coal-assessments/index.html and a summary of the results from all assessment areas can be found in Ruppert et al. (2002) and Dennen (2009).

Detailed assessments of the major coal-producing areas for the Gulf Coast region along with reviews of the stratigraphy, coal quality, resources, and coalbed methane potential of the Cretaceous, Paleocene, and Eocene coal deposits are presented in this report (Chapters 5-10).

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Executive summary - Geologic assessment of coal in the Gulf of Mexico coastal plain, U.S.A.
Series title AAPG Studies in Geology
Series number 62
Chapter 1
ISBN 9781629810256
DOI 10.1306/13281359St621291
Volume 62
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Contributing office(s) Eastern Energy Resources Science Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Geologic assessment of coal in the Gulf of Mexico coastal plain: AAPG Studies in Geology vol. 62
First page 1
Last page 8
Country United States
Other Geospatial Gulf of Mexico coastal plain