Potential Gas Committee
Estimates of the United States' potential supply of natural gas
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Biennial Report

The Potential Gas Committee is pleased to announce the release of its 50th anniversary report, “Potential Supply of Natural Gas in the United States (December 31, 2014).”

The first chapter of the Committee’s new report includes:

  • * A complete overview of its national aggregated mean-value assessment results for year-end 2014, including tables and charts;
  • * An historical track of all the PGC’s mean-value assessments since 1988;
  • * A side-by-side comparison of assessment results for 2012 and 2014 for each of the PGC’s seven assessment areas (Atlantic, North Central, Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent, Rocky Mountain, Pacific and Alaska) and for coalbed gas;
  • * Derivation of Future Gas Supply and Ultimately Recoverable Resources using PGC’s current resource assessments and EIA’s proved reserves and production data; and
  • * Decennial changes in area-level assessments from 2004-14.

The second chapter examines the 2014 evaluations at the area and province levels and discusses the factors behind the principal changes in assessments between 2012 and 2014. Also featured are charts for each area that track historical trends in the Committee’s “most likely” (nonaggregated) assessments since 1984 and the aggregated mean values since 1990. Following these are reviews of the PGC’s coalbed gas and shale gas resource assessments.

“The PGC At 50.” To commemorate its golden anniversary, the PGC offers several special perspectives, the first of which traces the origin of the Committee in the 1960s and presents a chronology of milestones in its assessment work and achievements over the years. Next is a 25-year perspective from the Executive Director, followed by a 50-year recollection from the Committee’s longest-serving active member. The CD-ROM accompanying the printed report includes more features in recognition of this occasion.

The concluding chapter presents definitions of terms, details of the PGC’s resource assessment methodology, including a new section on shales, and a complementing series of tables and charts that summarize the national “most likely” assessments from 1964 to 2014.

An appendix lists the full current cycle membership of the Potential Gas Committee; the CD-ROM includes a fully bookmarked digital version of the report.