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U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3051

Reserve Growth Assessment Fact Sheet

Assessment of Remaining Recoverable Oil in Selected Major Oil Fields of the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico

By Marilyn E. Tennyson, Troy A. Cook, Ronald R. Charpentier, Donald L. Gautier, Timothy R. Klett, Mahendra K. Verma, Robert T. Ryder, Emil D. Attanasi, Philip A. Freeman, and Phoung A. Le

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently completed an estimate of technically recoverable, conventional oil in selected oil fields in the Permian Basin in west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. The mean total volume of potential additional oil resources that might be added using improved oil-recovery technologies was estimated to be about 2.7 billion barrels of oil.

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Tennyson, M.E., Cook, T.A., Charpentier, R.R., Gautier, D.L., Klett, T.R., Verma, M.K., Ryder, R.T., Attanasi, E.D., Freeman, P.A., and Le, P.A., 2012, Assessment of remaining recoverable oil in selected major oil fields of the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3051, 4 p., available at

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