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U.S. Geological Survey Oil and Gas Resource Appraisal Group

By
Harry L. Thomsen
Harry L. Thomsen
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Published:
January 01, 1975

Abstract

One of the primary roles of the U.S. Geological Survey is to provide mineral resource appraisals to assist in the determination of future government policy with respect to the leasing of public, Indian, and outer-continental-shelf lands. At various times in the past the Survey has made and published estimates of oil and gas resources in the United States and the world, but these assessments usually were carried out as short-term projects by individuals using different appraisal methods. Early in 1974, the start of a new project resulted in the formation of the Resource Appraisal Group. This group is charged with establishing a coordinated continuous system that will provide for the compilation and evaluation of all data pertinent to reliable resource assessment. The system being designed uses the geologic province as a basic unit. Primary emphasis will be on appraisal of the United States and its offshore areas, but studies also will be made of important provinces throughout the world. Procedures, analyses, and evaluations will be coordinated by a small group of professionals who will rely on the expertise of other geologists, geophysicists, and engineers to provide much of the basic information needed for ultimate evaluation of petroleum potential. The system in operation will draw heavily on the AAPG Oil and Gas Field Data Bank and Map Project, and plans are being made to use or build other computerized data banks to facilitate the updating and statistical analysis of province data

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AAPG Studies in Geology

Methods of Estimating the Volume of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources

John D. Haun
John D. Haun
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
1
ISBN electronic:
9781629812137
Publication date:
January 01, 1975

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