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The Taylorsville basin is a rift basin of Late Triassic to Early Jurassic age in east-central Virginia and adjacent Maryland. The basin has been a target for oil and gas exploration by Texaco and partners in the 1980s, when six continuous cores were drilled followed by three deeper exploratory wells. Currently, no hydrocarbon production has been established from the basin. Relatively thick sequences of dark-colored shale that may serve both as source rocks and self-sourced reservoirs for hydrocarbons have been encountered near the basin’s center. The current USGS assessment concludes that the mean values for undiscovered hydrocarbons in the...

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