1995 National Oil and Gas
Assessment and Onshore Federal Lands
Donald L. Gautier, Gordon L. Dolton and Emil D. Attanasi
U. S. Geological Survey Open-File Report
The 1995 National Assessment of oil and gas resources by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) posits a set of scientifically based estimates of recoverable quantities of oil and gas that could be added to the measured (proved) reserves of the United States. The geologic component of the 1995 National Assessment of oil and gas (Gautier and others, 1996) developed estimates of hydrocarbons that are producible using current technology but without reference to economic profitability, while the economic component (Attanasi, 1996) presents costs of finding, developing, and producing the assessed resources. Estimates presented in this report are derived with the basic analytical framework and assessment data used in the geologic and economic components of the 1995 National Assessment. Detailed descriptions of results, geologic framework, and methodologies may be found in Gautier and others (1996). Supporting data are in Beeman and others, 1996, and Charpentier and others, 1996 and in the USGS Open file Reports series 95-75-A though M. The geologists and supporting professional staff responsible for the geologic assessment and allocation of play assessments to Federal Lands are listed at the end of this text. The assessment of the Federal Outer Continental Shelf by the Minerals Management Service is published in "An Assessment of the Undiscovered Hydrocarbon Potential of the Nation's Outer Continental Shelf" (1996).
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