Map of assessed continuous (unconventional) oil resources in the United States, 2014

Data Series 69-JJ
Compiled by: Laura R. H. Biewick



The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducts quantitative assessments of potential oil and gas resources of the onshore United States and associated coastal State waters. Since 2000, the USGS has completed assessments of continuous (unconventional) resources in the United States based on geologic studies and analysis of well-production data and has compiled digital maps of the assessment units classified into four categories: shale gas, tight gas, coalbed gas, and shale oil or tight oil (continuous oil). This is the fourth digital map product in a series of USGS unconventional oil and gas resource maps; its focus being shale-oil or tight-oil (continuous-oil) assessments. The map plate included in this report can be printed in hardcopy form or downloaded in a Geographic Information System (GIS) data package, which includes an ArcGIS ArcMap document (.mxd), geodatabase (.gdb), and a published map file (.pmf). Supporting geologic studies of total petroleum systems and assessment units, as well as studies of the methodology used in the assessment of continuous-oil resources in the United States, are listed with hyperlinks in table 1. Assessment results and geologic reports are available at the USGS website

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Map of assessed continuous (unconventional) oil resources in the United States, 2014
Series title Data Series
Series number 69
Chapter JJ
DOI 10.3133/ds69JJ
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Central Energy Resources Science Center
Description Report: iv, 14 p.; Map: 46.00 x 33.00 inches; 1 Table; Downloads Directory
Public Comments U.S. Geological Survey National Assessment of Oil and Gas Resources Project
Time Range Start 2014-01-01
Time Range End 2014-12-31
Country United States
Datum North American Datum 1983
Projection Albers Equal Area Conic projection
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page
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