Item Number: DOE_REPORT

Introduction: The New Albany Shale was reported as a distinctive unit as early as 1839 by David D. Owen, who describe the "black bituminous aluminous slate" at New Albany, and the name New Albany Slate was used by Borden in 1874 to describe the shale outcrops along the Ohio River near New Albany in Floyd County, Indiana. Since that time the Indiana Geological Survey and others have been involved in investigations of the shale. Reeves (1922) conducted a detailed study of the shale as a possible source of oil. Huddle (1933, 1934) studied the conodonts of the New Albany. Later Campbell (1946) and Lineback (1968, 1970) made detailed stratigraphic studies of the shale. Sorgenfrei (1952) studied the gas production associated with the New Albany in some areas of Indiana. In 1974 the Indiana Geological Survey proposed a more comprehensive study of the shale than any that had previously been undertaken, but sources of outside funding needed for part of the work were not found. In 1976 the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA), now the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invited the Survey to participate in the Eastern Gas Shale Project, a study of the gas potential of the Devonian-Mississippian black carbonaceous shales of the eastern United States. A contract for three years of intensive investigation of the petrology, mineralogy, stratigraphy, geomorphology, organic and inorganic geochemistry, and physical properties of the New Albany Shale and equivalent strata in Indiana was granted to the Indiana Geological Survey by ERDA. Besides this report of our three-year study, the Survey has completed and submitted to DOE reports, maps and cross sections dealing with the nature and distribution of the New Albany Shale and equivalent strata in Indiana, and other maps showing structure drawn on lower horizons and oil and gas shows above and below the New Albany Shale. (See U.S. Department of Energy Eastern Gas Shale Project Maps and Cross Sections for additional resources related to this study.)

Hasenmueller, N. R., Woodard, G. S. 1981, Studies of the New Albany Shale (Devonian and Mississippian) and Equivalent Strata in Indiana: Indiana Geological Survey Department of Energy Report _REPORT, 100 p., 40 fig.

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