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An External Peer Review of the U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resource Program’s Economically Recoverable Coal Resource Assessment Methodology – Report and Comments

By U.S. Geological Survey Coal Assessment Team: Timothy J. Rohrbacher1, James A. Luppens2, Lee M. Osmonson1, David C. Scott1 and Philip A. Freeman2


Peer Reviewers: Danrick W. Alexander3, Michael A. Berdine4, Michael J. Lincoln5, Philip C. Perlewitz6, Stanley C. Suboleski7, and Gerald A. Weisenfluh8

The purpose of this publication is to present, under one cover, (1) the Peer Review Committee’s (PRC) External Peer Review Report of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Resource Program (ERP) Economically Recoverable Coal Resource Assessment Methodology, which is a modification of the methodology described in USGS Circular 891 (Wood and others, 1983); and (2) the USGS Coal Evaluation Group (CEG) responses to that report.

Version 1.0

Posted February 2005

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1U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO 80225
2 U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA 20192
3 West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26505
4 Peabody Energy, Twenty-Mile Mine, Oak Creek, CO 80467
5 Arch Coal, Inc, Western Operations, Hanna, WY 82327
6 U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Cheyenne, WY 82003
7 Mine Safety & Health Review Commission, Washington, DC 20001
8 Kentucky Geological Survey, Lexington, KY 40506

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