Assessing U.S. coal resources and reserves

Fact Sheet 2017-3067



The U.S. Coal Resources and Reserves Assessment Project, as part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Resources Program, conducts systematic, geology-based, regional assessments of significant coal beds in major coal basins in the United States. These assessments detail the quantity, quality, location, and economic potential of the Nation’s remaining coal resources and reserves and provide objective scientific information that assists in the formulation of energy strategies, environmental policies, land-use management practices, and economic projections.

Suggested Citation

Shaffer, B.N., 2017, Assessing U.S. coal resources and reserves: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3067, 6 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Resources Versus Reserves
  • Objective and Scope
  • Methodologies
  • Results
  • Selected U.S. Coal Resources and Reserves Assessment Project Publications
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Assessing U.S. coal resources and reserves
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2017-3067
DOI 10.3133/fs20173067
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Central Energy Resources Science Center
Description 6 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
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