Subsurface Gas-Shale Samples Of The Upper Devonian And Lower Mississippian Woodford Shale, Permian Basin, West Texas And Southeastern New Mexico: Core Sampling For Measured Vitrinite-Reflectance (Ro) Determination

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This report summarizes activities carried out by the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) during fiscal year (FY) 2012 for the National Coal Resources Data System State Cooperative Program (NCRDS project). In a continuation of the sampling strategy for measured vitrinite-reflectance (Ro) determination initiated 4 years ago (Hentz and others, 2009) and conducted during the following three years (Hentz and others, 2010, 2011, 2012), this report provides a collection of oil- and gas-shale samples from the oil- and gas-productive Upper Devonian Woodford Shale of the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico (Fig. 1).

In FY2009, 2010, and 2011, we provided samples of the Eagle Ford Shale from the San Marcos Arch and Maverick Basin areas, samples of the deeper Pearsall Formation from the Maverick Basin of the eastern part of Texas, and samples of the Smithwick Shale from the Fort Worth Basin of north Texas, respectively. As specified in our work plan for FY2010 through 2014 (Hentz, 2010), this year we have provided samples of the productive Upper Devonian Woodford Shale in the Permian Basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico.


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