RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION GROUP
The mission of the Reservoir Characterization Group (RCG) is to build and maintain New York's subsurface geology collections (cores, well cuttings, logs, completion reports, etc.) and to conduct and promote basic research on New York's oil and gas reservoirs.
One of the goals of the RCG has been to make our subsurface collections digital so that they can be accessed via the internet. Toward that end we have created the Empire State Oil and Gas Information System (ESOGIS). All of the logs, well permits, and completion reports have been scanned and many logs have been digitized. All of this information is linked to well location and production information that is updated regularly from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Reports on New York's oil and gas reservoirs, maps and presentations are also available on the site.
The RCG also performs basic research on New York's oil and gas reservoirs. The RCG uses cores, outcrops, well logs, cuttings, seismic data, thin section petrography and other data to conduct integrated reservoir characterization studies of various gas reservoirs and other formations in New York State. Our current research has been focused on characterizing the Marcellus and Utica Shales as potential gas reservoirs. Previous studies have included Ordovician Black hydrothermal dolomite reservoirs of south-central New York, the Cambrian Rose Run Sandstone play in western New York, the Cambro-Ordovician Beekmantown Group, and the Ordovician Queenston Formation and the Devonian Onondaga Reefs.