This week the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) produced an assessment which could possibly lead to the future production of oil and natural gas in the Puerto Rico–U.S. Virgin Islands Exclusive Economic Zone. The USGS report, published on November 25, announced an “estimated means of 19 million barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and 244 billion cubic feet of undiscovered natural gas” directly south of the two U.S. territories, specifically in the Muertos Trough region (full report below).