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Brine Contamination to Aquatic Resources from Oil and Gas Development in the Williston Basin, United States


The Williston Basin, in north-central United States and south-central Canada, has been a leading source of domestic oil and gas production for more than 50 years. This region, which includes parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, is currently in the midst of a modern energy boom driven by advances in oil and gas production technologies. The main energy-producing formations associated with the current boom are the Bakken and Three Forks. A portion of the Williston Basin is overlain by the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR), which is known for its depressional wetlands that provide critical breeding and nesting habitats for a majority of North America’s migratory waterfowl as well as habitat for other wildlife. [...]


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  • Energy Development and Natural Resources in the Northern Great Plains



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