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K. David Newell

Associate Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey

Address Information

Kansas Geological Survey
1930 Constant Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66047-3724
Phone: (785) 864-2183
Fax: (785) 812-0208
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Fields of Research Interest

Carbonate geology; fluid inclusions; geological studies related to exploration and utilization of unconventional resources - coalbed gas, shale gas, low-BTU gas, CO2 sequestration

Honors and Professional Activities

Other Activities

Selected publications

Newell, K.D., 2010, Fall may be imminent for Kansas Cherokee basin coalbed gas output: Oil and Gas Journal, v. 105, no. 5 (Feb. 8th), p. 33-40.

Newell, K.D., and Carr, T.R., 2009, Coalbed natural gas production and gas content of Pennsylvanian coal units in eastern Kansas, in, Unconventional Energy Resources; Making the Unconventional Conventional, T. Carr, T. D'Angostino, W. Ambrose, J. Pashin, N.C. and Rosen, eds.: Proceedings of the 29th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference, December 6-8, 2009, Houston, TX, p. 353-387.

Bhattacharya, S., Newell, K.D., Watney, W.L., and Sigel, J., 2009, Field tests prove microscale NRU to upgrade low-BTU gas: Oil and Gas Journal, v. 107, no. 40 (Oct. 26th), p. 44-53.

Newell, K.D., Bhattacharya, S., and Sears, M.S., 2009, Low-BTU gas in the US Midcontinent; a challenge for geologists and engineers: Oil and Gas Journal, v. 107, no. 36 (Sept. 14th), p. 35-44.

Newell, K.D., 2008, Trends in composition of Morrowan gases in southwestern Kansas, in, Morrow and Springer in the southern Midcontinent, 2005 Symposium, R.D. Andrews, ed.: Oklahoma Geological Survey, Circular 111, p. 49-61.

Bhattacharya, S., Newell, K.D., Watney, W.L., and Sigel, J., 2008, Low-cost plant upgrades marginal gas fields: E&P, v. 81, no. 8, p. 102-103.

Newell, K.D., 2007, Wellsite, laboratory, and mathematical techniques for determining sorbed gas content of coals and gas shales utilizing well cuttings: Natural Resources Research, v. 16, p. 55-66. (

Newell, K.D., 2007, Geochemical trends in gas quality in Kansas (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2007 Annual Convention & Exhibition, Long Beach, CA, Abstracts Volume, p. 101. [Available as Kansas Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-8]

Newell, K.D., Doveton, J.H., Merriam, D.F., Sherwood Lollar, B., Waggoner, W.W., and Magnuson, L.M., 2007, H2-rich and hydrocarbon gas recovered in a deep Precambrian well in northeastern Kansas: Natural Resources Research, v. 16, p. 277-292.

Carr, T.R., and Newell, K.D., 2006, Geologic controls on coalbed natural gas production in eastern Kansas coals: Symposium on coalbed methane and gas shales in the southern Midcontinent; Oklahoma Geological Survey Seminar on Unconventional Gas, Proceedings, March 2006, p. 1-18.

Newell, K.D., Carr, T.R., and Brown, W.M., 2005, Eastern Kansas CBNG shows promise: American Oil and Gas Reporter, v. 48, no. 8 (August), p. 135-138.

Newell, K.D., Goldstein, R.H., and Burdick, C. J., 2003, Diagenesis and late-stage porosity development in thrusted Pennsylvanian Strawn Formation, Val Verde Basin, Texas, in, Permo-Carboniferous Platforms and Reefs, W.M. Ahr, P.M. Harris, W.A. Morgan, and I.D. Somerville, eds.: AAPG Memoir 83/SEPM Special Publication 78, p. 333-350.

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Updated October 2010
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