Oil & Gas

General

Oil & Gas General Information

Research

Petroleum Research Projects/Reservoir Studies

The Petroleum Section of UGS is the principle investigator of several government-industry cooperative petroleum-research projects. The projects are designed to improve recovery, development, and exploration of Utah’s oil and gas resources through use of more efficient technologies.

  • Shale Oil – Liquid-Rich Shale Potential of Utah’s Uinta and Paradox Basins: Reservoir Characterization and Development Optimization
  • Tight-Gas Sands – Gas Production Forecasting From Tight-Gas Reservoirs: Integrating Natural Fracture Networks and Hydraulic Fractures
  • Shale Gas – 1) Paleozoic Shale-Gas Resources of the Colorado Plateau and Eastern Great Basin and 2) Cretaceous Mancos Shale, Uinta Basin, Utah: Resource Potential and Best Practices for an Emerging Shale-Gas Play
  • Leadville Limestone – The Mississippian Leadville Limestone Exploration Play, Utah and Colorado: Exploration Techniques and Studies for Independents
  • PUMP – Preferred Upstream Management Practices, Major Oil Plays of Utah and Vicinity
  • Paradox Basin II – Heterogeneous Shallow-shelf Carbonate Buildups in the Blanding Sub-basin of the Paradox Basin, Utah and Colorado: Targets for Increased Oil Production and Reserves Using Horizontal Drilling Techniques
  • Green River Formation – Reservoir Characterization of the Lower Green River Formation Southwest Uinta Basin, Utah
  • Bluebell Field – Increased oil production and reserves from improved completion techniques in the Bluebell field, Uinta Basin, Utah
  • Ferron Sandstone – Geological and Petrophysical characterization of the Ferron Sandstone for 3-D simulation of a fluvial-deltaic reservoir
  • Paradox Basin – Increased oil production and reserves utilizing secondary/tertiary recovery techniques on small reservoirs in the Paradox Basin, Utah

UGS-funded Research Projects

Energy & Mineral Research
UGS-funded research projects on Utah’s hydrocarbon reservoirs, metals, and industrial minerals.

Utah Core Research Center

Utah Core Research Center
Provides workshops, tours, core catalog, loans of geologic samples, core slabbing, and facilities to examine geologic cuttings and core, type oils, coal, and selected surface and underground hand samples from Utah.

Microbialites

Microbialites

Microbialites take several forms: thinly layered (stromatolites), clotted (thrombolites), spherical (oncolites), and precipitated from mineral-rich springs (tufa or travertine).

Presentations

Characterization of Microbialites in Bridger Bay, Antelope Island, Great Salt Lake, Utah
Michael D, Vanden Berg, Thomas C. Chidsey, Jr., Davis E. Eby, and Wayne Kelln
Presented at the International Limnogeology Congress 2015, June 15-19, 2015, Reno, NV.

pdf file. Poster

Marine Microbial Carbonate Facies, Fabrics, and Petroleum Reservoirs in Utah
by David E. Eby, Thomas C. Chidsey, Jr., and Douglas A. Sprinkel
Presented at the Rocky Mountain/Cordilleran Section Meeting of Geological Society of America, May 18-20, 2014, Bozeman, MT.

pdf file. Poster

Modern and Ancient Microbial Carbonates in Utah, U.S.A.: Examples from Great Salt Lake and the Uinta Basin’s Tertiary (Eocene) Green River Formation

by Thomas C. Chidsey, Jr., David E. Eby, Michael D. Vanden Berg
Presented at The Geological Society (London) Microbial Carbonates in Time and Space: Implications for Global Exploration and Production Symposium, June 19-20, 2013, London, England.

pdf file. Poster

Microbial Carbonates in Cores from the Tertiary (Eocene) Green River Formation, Uinta Basin, Utah, U.S.A.: Analogues for Non-Marine Microbialite Oil Reservoirs Worldwide
by Michael D. Vanden Berg, David E. Eby, Thomas C. Chidsey, Jr., and Michael D. Laine
Presented at The Geological Society (London) Microbial Carbonates in Time and Space: Implications for Global Exploration and Production Symposium, June 19-20, 2013, London, England.

pdf file. Poster

Microbial Carbonates from Core and Outcrop, Tertiary (Eocene) Green River Formation, Uinta Basin, Utah
by David E. Eby, Thomas C. Chidsey, Jr., Michael D. Vanden Berg, and Michael D. Laine
Presented at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, April 22-25, 2012, Long Beach, CA.

pdf file. Poster

Abstract

Abstract: Petrography and characterization of microbial carbonates and associated facies from modern Great Salt Lake and Uinta Basin’s Eocene Green River Formation in Utah, USA (pdf)
from Microbial Carbonates in Space and Time: Implications for Global Exploration and Production

Multimedia

Antelope Island Bioherm Flyover video on Multimedia
UGS geologist Michael Vanden Berg teamed up with individuals from Loma Linda University to fly a drone/GoPro over the microbialites/bioherms in the shallow waters of Great Salt Lake on the northwestern tip of Antelope Island.

Survey Notes Articles

Core Center News: Skyline 16 Green River Formation Core – World Class Lacustrine Teaching Tool
from Survey Notes, v. 47 no. 2, May 2015

Microbial Carbonate Reservoirs and the Utah Geological Survey’s “Invasion” of London
from Survey Notes, v. 46 no. 1, January 2014

Glad You Asked: Is There Coral in Great Salt Lake?
from Survey Notes, v. 44 no. 1, January 2012

Blue-Green Algae: It’s Not Just Pond Scum
from Survey Notes, v. 35 no. 2, April 2003

Produced Water

Uinta Basin Produced Water Studies

  • Produced-Water Management Tools
    Basin-Scale Produced-Water Management Tools and Options — GIS-Based Models and Statistical Analysis of Shale Gas/Tight Sand Reservoirs and Their Produced-Water Streams, Uinta Basin, Utah
  • Uinta Basin Water Study
    Water-Related Issues Affecting Conventional Oil and Gas Recovery and Potential Oil Shale Development in the Uinta Basin, Utah
Survey Notes Articles

Oil Shale vs. Shale Oil: What’s The Difference?
from Survey Notes, September 2012

Major Oil Plays in Utah and Vicinity
from Survey Notes, January 2010

Ancient Exhumed River Channels of the Morrison and Cedar Mountain Formations—Analogs for Eastern Utah Oil and Gas Fields and Features on Mars Too!
from Survey Notes, September 2008

What are seismic surveys and how much “shaking” do they create?
from Survey Notes, July 2004

Energy News
Survey Notes articles on current UGS energy news.

Core Center News
Survey Notes articles highlighting a unique set of rock cores stored and publicly available (for a nominal fee) at the Utah Core Research Center (UCRC)

Well Logs

Well Logs

Oil & Gas Well Logs (Division of Oil, Gas and Mining)
View scanned logs of Utah oil and gas wells.

Non-Petroleum Well Data
Non-confidential old paper well data for non-petroleum exploration holes drilled in Utah.

Water Well Logs (Utah Division of Water Rights)
These logs contain links to well logs/geologic logs.

Data

Excel Databases

Well Data from Shale-Gas Project: Paleozoic Shale-Gas Resources of the Colorado Plateau and Eastern Great Basin, Utah

Well Data from Green River Oil & Gas Study (2001)
found on Reservoir Characterization of the Lower Green River Formation Southwest Uinta Basin, Utah

For Uinta Basin Oil Shale Studies:

Water chemistry database for wells in the Uinta Basin, Uintah County, and extended areas in surrounding counties
from Baseline water quality and estimated quantity for selected sites in the southeastern Uinta Basin, Utah (pdf)
UGS Open-File Report 595, 2012

Water Chemistry Database
from Moderately saline groundwater in the Uinta Basin, Utah
UGS Special Study 144, 2012
Report and plates at Uinta Basin Water Study

Data Analysis

Basic Crude Oil Characteristics and Biomarket Analysis from the Kings Meadow Ranches no. 17-1 Well, Covenant Field, Sevier County, Utah
by Baseline DGSI, The Woodlands, Texas, UGS OFR-467 (pdf)