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Geologic NGLs storage hub study now available for free download, plus link to project data website link

Cover Page Image of Appalachian storage hub for natural gas liquids

On August 29, 2017, WVU released to the public this study that shows how the region can support storage facilities that are critical for attracting petrochemical and related industries to the area. Researchers presented the data at a technical workshop in Canonsburg, Pa.

On August 22, WVU PTTC-Eastern invited regulators from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to a workshop focused on regulation. Three of the study researchers, 20 regulators, five speakers, and two attorneys participated. Regional legal experts provided overviews of existing environmental laws in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

For more information, contact Doug Patchen, 304-293-6216;


Cover page image of Utica Shale Play Book.

Click here to link to the Utica project data website by the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey.

The Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Research Consortium’s (AONGRC) research is dedicated to the immediate and long-range needs of the petroleum industry in the Appalachian basin. The consortium was created in 1989 at West Virginia University (WVU) and includes the departments of Geology & Geography, Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering, and the state geological surveys in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.

In addition to this core pool of Appalachian basin experts, the consortium has added, on a project-by-project basis, additional research team members from the US Geological Survey, other universities, DOE-NETL, local consulting geologists and cooperating oil and gas operators.

AONGRC programs assist industry to enhance oil and gas production from marginal fields, develop new sources of natural gas from shallow and deeper sources, and map and expand our energy infrastructure, while promoting best practices to ensure safety and reduce environmental impact.

Trenton – Black River Play Book

In 2006, the AONGRC released the results of a three-year, industry- and government-funded study to create a “Geologic Play Book for Trenton-Black River Appalachian Basin Exploration.”  Access to the final play book, project database and other information is available  here.

The Trenton-Black River (TBR) study served as the foundation for the recently completed Utica-Point Pleasant study.  During the TBR study, the research team examined all units from the base of the Black River to the base of the Utica, an interval that included the Point Pleasant Formation.  The focus of the TBR study was on hydrothermal dolomites in the Black River and fractured carbonates in the Trenton.  The focus of the Utica study was on organic-rich intervals above the top of the Trenton, including the Logana, Point Pleasant and Utica.

Information on Devonian and Ordovician Gas Shales

The  West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey has posted selected references on Devonian Shales, especially the Marcellus Shale, on their website.

Similar information on Appalachian basin shale can be found on the websites for the geological surveys in  OhioPennsylvania, and  New York.