FOCUS: UNCONVENTIONAL OIL & GAS—USGS assesses East Coast Mesozoic basins

Five basins on the US East Coast contain an estimated mean undiscovered natural gas resource of nearly 3.9 tcf and a mean undiscovered natural gas liquids resource of 135 million bbl in continuous accumulations, the US Geological Survey said in a recent assessment. USGS assessed five Mesozoic rift basins: the Deep River, Taylorsville, South Newark, Dan River-Danville, and Richmond basins. The Deep River, Dan River-Danville, and Richmond basins are within the Piedmont Province of North Carolina and Virginia. The Taylorsville basin is almost entirely within the Atlantic Coastal Plain Providence of Virginia and Maryland. The South Newark basin is within the Blue Ridge Thrust Belt Province of...

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