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Fact Sheet 2010–3043

National Oil and Gas Assessment Project

Assessment of Undiscovered Natural Gas Resources of the Arkoma Basin Province and Geologically Related Areas

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Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated mean volumes of 38 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of undiscovered natural gas, 159 million barrels of natural gas liquid (MMBNGL), and no oil in accumulations of 0.5 million barrels (MMBO) or larger in the Arkoma Basin Province and related areas. More than 97 percent of the undiscovered gas occurs in continuous accumulations—70 percent in shale gas formations, 18 percent in a basin-centered accumulation with tight sandstone reservoirs, and 9 percent in coal beds. Less than 3 percent of the natural gas occurs in conventional accumulations.

First posted June 21, 2010

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U.S. Geological Survey
Eastern Energy Resources Science Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 956
Reston, VA 20192
Denver, CO 80225-0046

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Suggested citation:

Houseknecht, D.W., Coleman, J.L., Milici, R.C., Garrity, C.P., Rouse, W.A., Fulk, B.R., Paxton, S.T., Abbott, M.M., Mars, J.C., Cook, T.A., Schenk, C.J., Charpentier, R.R., Klett, T.R., Pollastro, R.M., and Ellis, G.S., 2010, Assessment of undiscovered natural gas resources of the Arkoma Basin Province and geologically related areas: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010-3043, 4 p.

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