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Fact Sheet 2012–3031

National Assessment of Oil and Gas

Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources in the Paradox Basin Province, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, 2011

By Katherine J. Whidden

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Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated means of 560 million barrels of undiscovered oil, 12,701 billion cubic feet of undiscovered natural gas, and 490 million barrels of undiscovered natural gas liquids in the Paradox Basin of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.

First posted March 28, 2012

For additional information contact:
U.S. Geological Survey
Central Energy Resources Science Center
Box 25046, MS-939
Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225-0046

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Suggested citation:

Whidden, K.J., 2012, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Paradox Basin Province, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, 2011: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3031, 4 p.



Geologic Summary

Paradox Formation Total Petroleum System

Permo-Mississippian Total Petroleum System

Coalbed Gas Total Petroleum System

Hypothetical Total Petroleum Systems

Resource Summary

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