Trenton Black River Project
Welcome to the Trenton-Black River Project Website
The objectives of this research project were to:
These objectives were achieved by the creation of an industry-government, Trenton-Black River Research Consortium to partially fund and conduct geologic, geophysical, petrographic and geochemical studies in eight task areas and five Appalachian basin states.
The Final Report (see below) and this website, with its interactive mapping application, represent the fruition of those efforts.
In the early 2000's, there was renewed interest to explore the Ordovician Trenton and Black River carbonates. This endeavor followed previous exploration success in several Appalachian locations. Speculation among geologists in the basin was that many additional producing reservoirs of this type may be found along dolomitized fracture and fault zones throughout the basin. A basinwide collaborative effort to understand the play and delineate potential trends was seen as an opportunity to accelerate and optimize the development of this natural gas resource. The effort included structural and seismic investigations; stratigraphic analysis; petrographic analysis; isotope geochemistry and fluid inclusion analysis; petroleum geochemistry; analysis of production data and horizontal drilling results, and development of a web-based GIS database. This effort will be implemented through the creation of a new consortium consisting of companies active in the play that will commit cost share funds and data to the project, the New York State Museum and four state geological surveys (Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia) who are members of the Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Research Consortium (AONGRC).
Original Project Synopsis, Creating a Geologic Play Book for Trenton-Black River Appalachian Basin Exploration on DOE-NETL:
Oh good, more gas. Just what the doctor ordered.