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Brine Contamination to Plains and Potholes Environments from Energy Development in the Williston Basin

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Risk Assessment of Brine Contamination in the Williston Basin:

The web map below accompanies a recently published article in Science of the Total Environment examining the risk of brine contamination to aquatic resources from energy development. This project used the spatial distribution of two oilfield (well age and density) and three hydrogeological (surficial geology, wetland cover, and stream reach) parameters to determine the risk of contamination for approximately 55,000 Public Land Survey Sections spanning 31 counties in Montana and North Dakota. Results from this study show that the majority (83.5%) of the study area had minimal risk while the remaining area had low (8.4%), moderate (6.5%), or high (1.7%) risk. Click on “view larger map” to launch the interactive web map.

Preston TM, Chesley-Preston TL, Risk assessment of brine contamination to aquatic resources from energy development in glacial drift deposits: Williston Basin, USA, Sci Total Environ (2014)

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