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Potential effects of energy development on environmental resources of the Williston Basin in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Scientific Investigations Report 2017-5070

Prepared in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management
Edited by:
Max Post van der Burg, Kevin C. Vining, and Jill D. Frankforter
https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175070

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Abstract

The Williston Basin, which includes parts of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the United States, has been a leading domestic oil and gas producing area. To better understand the potential effects of energy development on environmental resources in the Williston Basin, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, and in support of the needs identified by the Bakken Federal Executive Group (consisting of representatives from 13 Federal agencies and Tribal groups), began work to synthesize existing information on science topics to support management decisions related to energy development. This report is divided into four chapters (A–D). Chapter A provides an executive summary of the report and principal findings from chapters B–D. Chapter B provides a brief compilation of information regarding the history of energy development, physiography, climate, land use, demographics, and related studies in the Williston Basin. Chapter C synthesizes current information about water resources, identifies potential effects from energy development, and summarizes water resources research and information needs in the Williston Basin. Chapter D summarizes information about ecosystems, species of conservation concern, and potential effects to those species from energy development in the Williston Basin.

Suggested Citation

Post van der Burg, Max, Vining, K.C., Frankforter, J.D., eds., 2017, Potential effects of energy development on environmental resources of the Williston Basin in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5070–A–D, variously paged, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175070.

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Potential effects of energy development on environmental resources of the Williston Basin in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota
Series title:
Scientific Investigations Report
Series number:
2017-5070
DOI:
10.3133/sir20175070
Year Published:
2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
South Dakota Water Science Center, North Dakota Water Science Center, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center, Dakota Water Science Center
Country:
United States
State:
Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota
Other Geospatial:
Williston Basin
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
Y