Potential Groundwater Drawdown and Recovery from Coalbed Methane Development in the Powder River Basin, Montana

John Wheaton, John Metesh, US Bureau of Land Management

This 58-page PDF document from the US Bureau of Land Management assesses the potential impacts of coalbed methane development on water resources in Montana's Powder River Basin. The study explores the regional hydrogeologic setting, as well as using computer modeling to forecast anticipated impacts to the local groundwater and surface water resources. Groundwater issues addressed include reduction in hydrostatic head in coal aquifers, quantities of produced water and disposal options, impacts to alluvial aquifers and ground-water recovery potential. Maps, tables, hydrograms and 10-year and 20-year projections are also included.

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Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Aquifer properties, Environmental Science:Policy:State Policy, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water quality/chemistry , Groundwater modeling, Environmental Science:Energy:Fossil Fuels, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Groundwater , Environmental Science:Policy:Environmental Decision-Making
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results, Overview/Reference Work
Focus on the Cretaceous: Human Impacts, Economic Resources
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Biogeoscience, Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Public Policy