DOE's Unconventional Gas Research Programs 1976-1995
SOURCE: U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region

4. Elements of Spreadsheet Bibliographies (by Program)

A bibliography of documents related to each of the resource programs outlined in the report is attached in the form of an Excel spreadsheet.

This spreadsheet includes individual worksheets for each of the six resource programs, as well as a general listing of documents related to the entire unconventional gas resource (UGR) program (e.g., proceedings of meetings of UGR program contractor meetings, semi-annual reports of the entire UGR program, bibliographies, reports and analyses related to the entire UGR program, etc.).

Each of the resource program worksheets includes the following items for each entry: Disc Number – This column indicates on which disc the specific scanned document is to be found. In the case of the Eastern Gas Shales and Western Gas Sands programs the large number of scanned documents required multiple CDs.

Document Number – This column indicates any number assigned to the specific document. DOE documents often are identified by a coded number (e.g., DOE/MC/14693-1296) as are documents printed by national labs (e.g., SNL 82-1638C).

The NETL library in Morgantown maintains a series of vertical files identified by an Unconventional Gas Resource (UGR) number. These files may each contain a single document, map or log, or multiple items in some cases. All of these documents are related to the various UGR programs. Not all documents or reports have UGR numbers.

Title -- Title of the document. In some cases these have been abbreviated slightly.

Author -- Authors, last name of primary author first. In cases where there is no listed author, the authoring organization is listed. Company or Publication -- Organization responsible for the publication, or in the case of a technical paper, the sponsoring organization and meeting at which it was presented.

Date -- Date of publication (year, month and day, when available).

Pages -- Number of pages.

Notes -- Indication of the type of special document (e.g., log, map) or if there are a number of oversized figures (plates) associated with the document.

Also included in the spreadsheet are separate worksheets that provide lists of publications related to unconventional gas research carried out over the same time period. These worksheets include:

  • Well logs and well test packages related to wells drilled as part of the Eastern Gas Shales, Western Gas Sands, and Methane from Coal Seams R&D Programs, as well as basin reports related to the Methane from Coal Seams Program (including maps and logs). These have been scanned and are listed in the worksheet marked “Well Logs and Basin Reports.” These materials are available from the NETL library on request.
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) papers (from the time period) on the topics of coalbed methane, naturally fractured gas shales (Devonian shales), and tight gas sands. A number of those listed are directly related to work done by the DOE in the various resource programs covered in this report and are copyright-free. These copyright-free papers have been included as scanned documents on the accompanying CDs, under the appropriate resource category.
  • Gas Technology Institute (GTI, previously the Gas Research Institute or GRI) reports and other publications related to R&D on: naturally fractured gas shales, coalbed methane and tight gas sands. Many of these reports relate to work that was either partially funded by DOE or was an outgrowth of early research carried out by DOE under the UGR programs. These reports are not included in this archive, the listing is for reference purposes only. Many of these reports are available from GTI and can be ordered from their website at www.gastechnology.org.
  • Selected published papers (from the time period) related to fractured shale reservoirs other than those which were the primary target of research under the Eastern Gas Shales program; specifically, the Bakken Shale of the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana, and the Barnett Shale of the Fort Worth Basin of Texas. These papers are not included in this archive, the listing is for reference purposes only.

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Cover Page

Executive Summary

1. Background

2. GRI Research into Unconventional Gas Resources

3. Structure of the Enhanced Gas Recovery Program (EGR)

  • 3.1. Eastern Gas Shales Program (1976-1992)

  • 3.1.1. Key Questions and Related R&D Goals
  • 3.1.2. Program Design and Overview of Major Projects
  • 3.1.3. Key Eastern Gas Shales Projects
  • 3.1.4. Highlights of Important Results
  • 3.1.5. Subsequent Developments in DOE and Other Research Related to Eastern Gas Shales

  • 3.2. Western Gas Sands Program (1978-1992)

  • 3.2.1. Key Questions and Related R&D Goals
  • 3.2.2. Program Design and Overview of Major Projects
  • 3.2.3. Key Western Gas Sands Projects
  • 3.2.4. Highlights of Important Results
  • 3.2.5. Subsequent Developments in DOE Research Related to Tight Gas Sands

  • 3.3. Methane Recovery from Coalbeds Program (1978-1982)

  • 3.3.1. Key Questions Related to Coal Seam Methane
  • 3.3.2. MRCP Program Design and Overview
  • 3.3.3. Key Methane Recovery from Coalbeds Projects
  • 3.3.4. Highlights of Important Results
  • 3.3.5. Subsequent Research Related to Methane Recovery from Coalbeds

  • 3.4. Deep Source Gas Project (1982-1992)

  • 3.4.1. Key Deep Source Gas Projects
  • 3.4.2. Highlights of Important Results

  • 3.5. Methane Hydrates Program (1982-1992)

  • 3.5.1. Methane Hydrates Workshop (March 1982)
  • 3.5.2. Key Questions and Related R&D Goals
  • 3.5.3. Program Design
  • 3.5.4. Major Contracted Gas Hydrates Projects
  • 3.5.5. Methane Hydrate Research Efforts of METC's In-House Organization
  • 3.5.6. Highlights of Important Results
  • 3.5.7. Subsequent Developments in Methane Hydrate Research

  • 3.6. Secondary Gas Recovery (1987-1995)

  • 3.6.1. Key Objectives and Program Design
  • 3.6.2. Major Projects
  • 3.6.3. Major Results

    4. Elements of Spreadsheet Bibliographies (by Program)

    Appendix A: Details of Major 1970-1980 Unconventional Gas Resource Assessments

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