New exploration concepts highlight Columbia River basin’s potential

Rising demand for natural gas in the US and an uncertain outlook for imports make the search for new domestic reserves both urgent and economically attractive. Few regions of the world are as extensively explored as the lower 48 states, yet there remain a small number of frontier areas of the first rank with proven hydrocarbon potential.Among these, the most underexplored by far is the Columbia River basin (CRB) of south-central Washington State (Fig. 1). This 60,000 sq mile province, larger than most Rocky Mountain basins, is also unique in geologic character, complexity, and gas prospectivity. Click here to enlarge imageIt was the target of important, if intermittent, industry interest...

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