Utah Geological Survey’s Hydrocarbon Resource Projects 2006 and 2007

Title: Utah Geological Survey’s Hydrocarbon Resource Projects 2006 and 2007
Publication: The Outcrop, February 2007, p. 10

The Utah Geological Survey’s (UGS) “Characterization of Utah’s Hydrocarbon Reservoirs and Potential New Reserves” program is designed to provide research on Utah’s: (1) natural gas resource potential, (2) oil resource potential, (3) unconventional oil and gas resources such as tar sands and oil shale, and (4) geology in mineral-lease counties with significant oil, gas, and coal production. The goal of this work is to sustain development through diversification of energy supplies and mitigate the impacts of boom-bust cycles.

The five research projects and awardees selected for funding during fiscal year 2007 are:

  • Hydrocarbon Potential of Pennsylvanian Black Shale Reservoirs, Paradox Basin, Southeastern Utah, S. Robert Bereskin and John McLennan, Bereskin and Associates, Inc.
  • Reservoir in the Jurassic Navajo Sandstone, Snow Canyon State Park, Utah (year 2), Majorie Chan and Gregory Nielsen, University of Utah.
  • Reservoir Characterization of the Cretaceous Cedar Mountain and Dakota Formations, Southern Uinta Basin (year 2), Brian Currie, Miami University Of Ohio, and Mary McPherson, McPherson Geologic Consulting.
  • Applicability of Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery Reservoirs in the Uinta Basin, Utah, Milind Deo, University of Utah.
  • Analysis of Reservoir Properties of Faulted and Fractured Aeolian Thrust-belt Reservoirs, James Evans, Utah State University.

Results of four research projects completed in fiscal year 2006 are now published on CD-ROM. The publications are:

  • Integrated Sequence Stratigraphic and Geochemical Resource Characterization of the Lower Mancos Shale, Uinta Basin, Utah, by Donna S. Anderson and Nicholas B. Harris, Colorado School of Mines, UGS Open-File Report 483.
  • Reservoir Characterization of the Cretaceous Cedar Mountain and Dakota Formations, Southern Uinta Basin: Year-One Report, by Mary L. McPherson, McPherson Geologic Consulting; Brian S. Currie and Justin S. Pierson, Miami University of Ohio, UGS Open-File Report 492.
  • Interpretation of the Jurassic Entrada Sandstone Play Using 3D Seismic Attribute Analysis, Uinta Basin, Utah, by R. William Keach Il, Thomas H Morris, John H. McBride, Brigham Young University; Mike Mullen, Halliburton Energy Sources; Hannes E. Leetaru, Illinois State Geological Survey; and Ryan O’Neal, Brigham Young University, UGS Open-File Report 493.
  • Shale Gas Reservoirs of Utah: Assessment of Previously Undeveloped Gas Discoveries, by Steven Schamel, QeoX Consulting, UGS Open-File Report 499.

These CD-ROM publications are available for $14.95 each, at the Natural Resources Map & Bookstore, 1594 West North Temple, Salt Lake City (801-537-3320, or 1-888-UTAHMAP; geostore@utah.gov).

For more information about the Utah Geological Survey’s hydrocarbon research program visit: http://geology.utah.gov/emp/gas research/index.htm.