Oriskany Formation, Appalachian Basin (Western Pennsyslvania, Eastern Ohio, and Eastern Kentucky)

Comments on Geologic Parameters

2 Permeability/Hydraulic Conductivity:

Because of the high potential (in some areas) for natural gas production in the Oriskany Sandstone, there are a large number of reports, articles, and theses that report permeability in this stratigraphic interval (Headlee and Joseph, 1945; Harper and Patchen, 1996). Moreover, there are many geophysical logs available for the Oriskany Sandstone interval from which formation permeability can be calculated (Asquith, 1982) if a more detailed assessment is desired. For the GIS, we combined the sand/shale/limestone map of Diecchio and others (1984; their fig. 4) with permeability information from Headlee and Joseph (1945) and Harper and Patchen (1996) to characterize permeability distributions of the Oriskany Sandstone. Permeability was converted to hydraulic conductivity.

2 Map:


2 Reference:

Asquith, G., 1982, Basic well log analysis for geologists: Tulsa, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 216 p.

Diecchio, R. J., Jones, S. E., and Dennison, J. M., 1984, Oriskany Sandstone regional stratigraphic relationships and production trends: West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey Map WV-17, 8 plates.

Harper, J. A., and Patchen, D. G., 1996, Play Dos: the Lower Devonian Oriskany Sandstone structural play, in Roen, J. B., and Walker, B. J., eds., The atlas of major Appalachian gas plays: West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey Publication V-25, p. 109-117

Headlee, A. J. W., and Joseph, J. S., 1945, Permeability, porosity, and water content of natural gas reservoirs, Kanawha-Jackson and Campbells Creek Oriskany fields: West Virginia Geological Survey Bulletin No. 8, 16 p.