USGS Energy Resources Program establishes national data archive


In accordance with provisions stipulated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the USGS Energy Resources Program conducts research, compiles data, and provides information about energy resources in the United States. Provisions of the bill established the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP) as a centralized national archive. The NGGDPP is tasked with collecting geoscience data that are scattered across various state agencies and private data collections.

Goals of the program include the following:

  • Archive geological, geophysical, and engineering data, maps, well logs, and samples
  • National catalog of archived materials
  • Technical and financial assistance to state geological surveys and relevant Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus in archiving materials

The NGGDPP website contains numerous interactive maps and references additional resources. The MapView web viewer provides access to national archives of bedrock and surficial deposits compiled since the early 1800s. The National Oil Gas Assessment viewer allows users to click a particular basin (like Permian, or Eagle Ford) to receive more information. Fact sheets and information on studies recently performed by USGS as well as geospatial data like basin boundaries and play assessment details are also available for download.

Carissa Ries

water well expert

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