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Reports from Cooperative Research

WVGES as part of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA)

Subsurface Brine Disposal

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Development of Subsurface Brine Disposal Framework in the Northern Appalachian Basin
A project funded by the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA). Battelle Memorial Institute contracted WVGES along with the Kentucky Geological Survey, NSI Technologies, Ohio Division of Geological Survey, Pennsylvania Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, and Ohio Oil Gathering Corporation to conduct the study.
2015, 412 pages
The project information page has links to the fact sheet, final, and interim reports.

The objective of this 2.5-year project was to develop a geologic and operational framework for brine disposal in the Northern Appalachian Basin.

WVGES in Cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

Mine Pools as Potential Water Supplies

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West Virginia Mine Pool Atlas
Jane S. McColloch (Principal Investigator),
Richard D. Binns, Jr., Bascombe M. Blake, Jr., Michael T. Clifford, and Sarah E. Gooding (Co-Investigators)
2012
Inter-Agency Agreement Number 036, 172 pages, 110 figures, 8 tables, 4 appendices

This project was a two-year study to evaluate abandoned coal mines as potential groundwater sources.

WVGES in Cooperation with DOE, WVU, KY, OH, and PA Geological Surveys, USGS, WU in St. Louis, Smith Stratigraphic, USGS, and 15 Industry Partners

Utica Shale Playbook

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A Geologic Play Book for Utica Shale Appalachian Basin Exploration
Editors: Douglas G. Patchen and Kristin M. Carter
Authors: John Hickman, Cortland Eble, Ronald A. Riley, Matthew Erenpreiss, Kristin M. Carter, John A. Harper, Brian Dunst, Langhorne "Taury" Smith, Michele L. Cooney, Daniel Soeder, Garrecht Metzger, Jessica Moore, Michael E. Hohn, Susan Pool, John Saucer, Douglas G. Patchen
With Contributions From: John Barnes, Mohammad D. Fakhar, David Fike, James Leone, Thomas Mroz, John Repetski, Juergen Schieber
2012

This two-year study examined the Utica and Point Pleasant formations at various granularities, ranging from basin-scale stratigraphy and architecture to the creation of nano-porosity as gas was generated from organic matter in the reservoir.

WVGES in Cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Energy

Carbon Capture and Storage

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Research Support Program for the West Virginia Division of Energy; Final Report (Phase 2)
Douglas Patchen (Project Manager), Richard Bajura (Principal Investigator)
Tim Carr and Michael Hohn (Co-Investigators)
2011
62 pages, 33 figures, 1 appendix

This report presents the findings of an assessment conducted on the potential location of a coal-to-liquids production plant or geologic storage of CO2 in deep saline aquifers in Devonian or Silurian sandstones in West Virginia.

Natural Gas Production, and a Statewide Digital Pipeline Map

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Identifying Constraints on Increased Natural Gas Production in Southern West Virginia by Katharine Lee Avary
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Creating a Statewide Digital Pipeline Map by Michael Clifford
2009
13 pages

This map and report is an examination of geographic and temporal trends in gas production in West Virginia through the creation of a digital oil and gas pipeline map of West Virginia to show approximate gas transport capacity and distribution capability.

WVGES in Cooperation with the US Department of Energy, West Virginia University, and other State Geological Surveys

Appalachian Basin Tight Gas Reservoirs Project (DOE and WVU along with WV and PA State Geological Surveys)

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Improving the Availability and Delivery of Critical Information for Tight Gas Resource Development in the Appalachian Basin
Mary C. Behling, Susan Pool, Douglas G. Patchen, and John A. Harper
2008

This web site provides public access to well-specific data and region-wide products for six significant regional tight-gas accumulations in the central Appalachian Basin with links to raw data (scanned well records, scanned wireline logs, digitized wireline logs, production data, core analysis reports, digital photographs of cores, scanned maps and cross-sections, and related data), an interactive map, and the final report.

Trenton-Black River Project (DOE and WVU along with WV, PA, NY, OH, and KY State Geological Surveys)

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Trenton-Black River Project Website and Final Report
Douglas G. Patchen, John B. Hickman, David C. Harris, James A. Drahovzal, Paul D. Lake, Langhorne B. Smith, Richard Nyahay, Rose Schulze, Ronald A. Riley, Mark T. Baranoski, Larry H. Wickstrom, Christopher D. Laughrey, Jaime Kostelnik, John A. Harper, Katharine Lee Avary, John Bocan, Michael Ed. Hohn and Ronald McDowell
2006

This web site presents the data and findings of a resource assessment model of Trenton-Black River reservoirs in New York, Ohio and West Virginia with links to raw data, presentations, an interactive map, interim and final reports.

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