The oil and gas reservoir rocks of the Upper Devonian of West Virginia were deposited as shoreline sands along a coastal plain characterized by marine-dominant deltas (Catskill delta complex). The oil-bearing sandstones occur in strike trend (north-south) in north-central West Virginia connected by feeder channel sandstones with dip trends (east-west). In outcrop, the strike-trending sandstones contain occasional marine fossils, are well sorted, and exhibit sedimentary structures that suggest depositional environments ranging from shoreface to tidal delta and back barrier. Channel sandstones with herringbone bedding suggest tidal influence. These beds change to cross-bedding of unidirectional paleoflow origin in upstream fluvial counterparts...

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