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Open-File Report 2014–1207

Central Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Database: Distribution, Composition, and Origin of Natural Gases

By Yomayra A. Román-Colón and Leslie F. Ruppert

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has compiled a database consisting of three worksheets of central Appalachian basin natural gas analyses and isotopic compositions from published and unpublished sources of 1,282 gas samples from Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The database includes field and reservoir names, well and State identification number, selected geologic reservoir properties, and the composition of natural gases (methane; ethane; propane; butane, iso-butane [i-butane]; normal butane [n-butane]; iso-pentane [i-pentane]; normal pentane [n-pentane]; cyclohexane, and hexanes). In the first worksheet, location and American Petroleum Institute (API) numbers from public or published sources are provided for 1,231 of the 1,282 gas samples. A second worksheet of 186 gas samples was compiled from published sources and augmented with public location information and contains carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen isotopic measurements of natural gas. The third worksheet is a key for all abbreviations in the database. The database can be used to better constrain the stratigraphic distribution, composition, and origin of natural gas in the central Appalachian basin.

First posted January 7, 2015

  • Appendix 1 XLS (738 KB)
    This is an electronic copy of Appendix 1 that contains three worksheets of central Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Analyses and Isotopic Compositions.

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Suggested citation:

Colón-Román, Y.A., and Ruppert, L.F., 2014, Central Appalachian basin natural gas database—Distribution, composition, and origin of natural gases: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1207, 13 p., 1 app.,

ISSN 2331-1258 (online)



Natural Gas Database

Potential Uses of the Database


References Cited

Appendix 1. Natural_Gas_Geochemical_Database_2013

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