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Potential effects of energy development on environmental resources of the Williston Basin in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota — Physiography, climate, land use, and demographics

September 13, 2022

The Williston Basin has been a leading domestic oil and gas producing region. As energy demands have increased, so has energy development. A group of 13 Federal agencies and Tribal groups formed the Bakken Federal Executive Group to address common challenges associated with energy development, with a focus on understanding the cumulative environmental challenges attributed to oil and gas development throughout the basin. To better understand the natural resources in the Williston Basin, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, began work to synthesize existing information on science topics that will support management decisions related to energy development. This report is a compilation of information regarding the natural setting, energy development history, demographics, and related investigations related to energy development in the Williston Basin of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Completed and ongoing investigations include the topical areas of unconventional oil and gas assessments, water quality, water availability, air quality, effects on human health, and ecological effects.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Potential effects of energy development on environmental resources of the Williston Basin in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota — Physiography, climate, land use, and demographics
DOI 10.3133/sir20175070B
Authors Kevin C. Vining, Joanna N. Thamke, Max Post van der Burg
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Scientific Investigations Report
Series Number 2017-5070
Index ID sir20175070B
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Dakota Water Science Center

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