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Petroleum Potential of New York

W. Lynn Kreidler
W. Lynn Kreidler
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January 01, 1971


Most of the stratigraphic section of New York, ranging from Cambrian to Lower Pennsylvanian, forms a southward-thickening wedge into the Appalachian geosyncline.

Oil and gas production is primarily from the Devonian and Silurian Systems. Oil production is obtained from the Upper Devonian in the southern tier of counties adjacent to Pennsylvania. Gas production is primarily from the Oriskany and Medina sandstones in central and western New York. The Trenton Limestone (Ordovician) has produced minor amounts of gas.

Future prospects, listed by geologic age, are (1) the Oriskany in southwestern and central New York, (2) possible Middle Silurian- reefs along the northern edge of the Silurian salt basin, and (3) the Cambrian-Ordovi- cian of central and western New York. Three geographic areas are prospective: (1) offshore Lake Erie for objectives from the basal Onondaga to the basement, (2) the central part of the state for Lower Silurian and Upper Ordovician objectives, and (3) the folded Allegheny synclinorium adjacent to Vermont.

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AAPG Memoir

Future Petroleum Provinces of the United States—Their Geology and Potential, Volumes 1 & 2

Ira H. Cram
Ira H. Cram
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
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January 01, 1971




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