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Fact Sheet 2011–3113

Oil Shale Assessment Project

In-Place Oil Shale Resources Underlying Federal Lands in the Green River and Washakie Basins, Southwestern Wyoming

By Tracey J. Mercier, Ronald C. Johnson, and Michael E. Brownfield

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Using a geologic-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated an in-place oil shale resource of 906 billion barrels under Federal mineral rights, or 62 percent of the total oil shale in place, in the Green River and Washakie Basins, Wyoming. More than 67 percent of the total oil shale in-place resource, or 969 billion barrels, is under Federal surface management.

First posted October 21, 2011

For additional information contact:
Center Director,
USGS Central Energy Resources Science Center
Box 25046, Mail Stop 939
Denver, CO 80225

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Suggested citation:

Mercier, T.J., Johnson, R.C., and Brownfield, M.E., 2011, In-place oil shale resources underlying Federal lands in the Green River and Washakie Basins, southwestern Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3113, 2 p.


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