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Water Use Data for Hydraulic Fracturing Treatments in and near the Williston Basin, United States, 2000-2015


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Barnhart, T.B., Long, A.J., Haines, S.S., and Varela, B., 2018, Water use data for hydraulic fracturing treatments in and near the Williston Basin, United States, 2000-2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Water used for hydraulic fracturing treatments in and near the Williston Basin during 2000-2015, was estimated using data reported in IHS Markit (TM) (2016). Hydraulic fracturing treatment data from IHS Markit (TM) (2016) may include volumes in a variety of measurement units, and they may include multiple treatments per well. All listed treatments within the study area were converted to gallons and summed on a per-well basis, discounting any treatments for which the specified measurement units were unclear (for example, “sacks”, or “feet”), which were minor. Of 3,734,380 treatments listed within the study area during the timeframe of interest, 0.7% (26,373 records) were not included. For each well, the date listed as the well completion [...]


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The aggregated data were used to assess the amount of water used for hydraulic fracturing treatments in the Williston Basin during 2000-2015. The data were used to simulate groundwater responses to increased withdrawals during a hypothetical 10-year drought (2006-2015) using a transient groundwater model (described in USGS Professional Paper 1841, available at


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DOI doi:10.5066/F78P5ZDV

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