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Selected Water-Quality Topics > Hydraulic Fracturing > Publications
Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Quality: USGS Publications, August 2012 to present
Publications are listed in chronological order, with newest reports first.
- Assessment of surface water chloride and conductivity trends in areas of unconventional oil and gas development -- Why existing national data sets cannot tell us what we would like to know (Journal Article)
- Coping with earthquakes induced by fluid injection Science (Journal Article)
- Historical Hydraulic Fracturing Trends and Data Unveiled in New USGS Publications (Press Release)
- Trends in Hydraulic Fracturing Distributions and Treatment Fluids, Additives, Proppants, and Water Volumes Applied to Wells Drilled in the United States from 1947 through 2010-Data Analysis and Comparison to the Literature (USGS Report)
- Data Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing Distributions and Treatment Fluids, Additives, Proppants, and Water Volumes Applied to Wells Drilled in the United States from 1947 through 2010 (USGS Report)
- Ohio: Sharp increase in central Oklahoma seismicity 2009-2014 induced by massive wastewater injection (Journal Article)
- Pennsylvania: Drilling and Geophysical Logs of the Tophole at an Oil-and-Gas Well Site, Central Venango County, Pennsylvania (USGS Report)
- Ecological risks of shale oil and gas development to wildlife, aquatic resources and their habitats (Journal Article)
- Williston Basin: Quality and Age of Shallow Groundwater in the Bakken Formation Production Area, Williston Basin, Montana and North Dakota (Journal Article)
- North Carolina: Baseline well inventory and groundwater-quality data from a potential shale gas resource area in parts of Lee and Chatham Counties, North Carolina, October 2011-August 2012 (USGS Report)
- USGS Investigations of Water Produced During Hydrocarbon Reservoir Development (USGS Fact Sheet)
- Pennsylvania: Landscape consequences of natural gas extraction in Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, and Warren Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004-2010 (USGS Report)
- Colorado and New Mexico: Two Decision-Support Tools for Assessing the Potential Effects of Energy Development on Hydrologic Resources as Part of the Energy and Environment in the Rocky Mountain Area Interactive Energy Atlas (USGS Report)
- Pennsylvania: Estimation of methane concentrations and loads in groundwater discharge to Sugar Run, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (USGS Report)
- Pennsylvania: Baseline groundwater quality from 34 wells in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, 2011 and 2013 (USGS Report)
- Williston Basin: Brine contamination to aquatic resources from oil and gas development in the Williston Basin, United States (USGS Report)
- Colorado: Spatial and stratigraphic distribution of water in oil shale of the Green River Formation using Fischer assay, Piceance Basin, northwestern Colorado (USGS Report)
- Organic substances in produced and formation water from unconventional natural gas extraction in coal and shale (Journal Article)
- Marcellus: Surface disposal of produced waters in western and southwestern Pennsylvania: potential for accumulation of alkali-earth elements in sediments (Journal Article)
- Texas: Concentrations of selected constituents in surface-water and streambed-sediment samples collected from streams in and near an area of oil and natural-gas development, south-central Texas, 2011-13 (USGS Report)
- Pennsylvania: Geohydrologic and Water-Quality Characterization of a Fractured-Bedrock Test Hole in an Area of Marcellus Shale Gas Development, Bradford County, Pennsylvania (Other Agency Report)
- Colorado: Spatial and Stratigraphic Distribution of Water in Oil Shale of the Green River Formation Using Fischer Assay, Piceance Basin, Northwestern Colorado (USGS Report)
- Arkansas: Simulated effects of existing and proposed surface-water impoundments and gas-well pads on streamflow and suspended sediment in the Cypress Creek watershed, Arkansas (USGS Report)
- A review of environmental impacts of salts from produced waters on aquatic resources (Journal Article)
- Marcellus: Characterization of the Marcellus Shale based on computer-assisted correlation of wireline logs in Virginia and West Virginia (USGS Report)
- A framework for assessing water and proppant use and flowback water extraction associated with development of continuous petroleum resources (USGS Fact Sheet)
- Colorado: Estrogen and androgen receptor activities of hydraulic fracturing chemicals and surface and ground water in a drilling-dense region (Journal Article)
- Oklahoma: Observations of Static Coulomb Stress Triggering of the November 2011 M5.7 Oklahoma Earthquake Sequence (Journal Article)
- New York: Methane Occurrence in Groundwater of South-Central New York State, 2012: Summary of Findings (USGS Fact Sheet)
- New York: Occurrence of Methane in Groundwater of South-Central New York State, 2012 -- Systematic Evaluation of a Glaciated Region by Hydrogeologic Setting (USGS Report)
- Oklahoma and Arkansas: Modeling earthquake rate changes in Oklahoma and Arkansas: possible signatures of induced seismicity (Journal Article)
- Pennsylvania: Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Armstrong and Indiana Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004-2010 (USGS Report)
- Pennsylvania: Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Sullivan and Wyoming Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004-2010 (USGS Report)
- North Carolina: Shale Baseline Sampling of Groundwater in North Carolina (Video)
- Colorado: Groundwater Ages and Mixing in the Piceance Basin Natural Gas Province, Colorado (Journal Article)
- Injection-induced earthquakes (Journal Article)
- A Stream-Based Methane Monitoring Approach for Evaluating Groundwater Impacts Associated with Unconventional Gas Development (Journal Article)
- Colorado: Chemistry and Age of Groundwater in Bedrock Aquifers of the Piceance and Yellow Creek Watersheds, Rio Blanco County, Colorado, 2010-12 (USGS Report)
- Chemistry and Age of Groundwater in the Piceance Structural Basin, Rio Blanco County, Colorado, 2010-12 (USGS Fact Sheet)
- Pennsylvania and New York: Dissolved Methane in Groundwater, Upper Delaware River Basin, Pennsylvania and New York, 2007-12 (USGS Report)
- Discharges of produced waters from oil and gas extraction via wastewater treatment plants are sources of disinfection by-products to receiving streams (Journal Article)
- Kentucky: Histopathological Analysis of Fish from Acorn Fork Creek, Kentucky Exposed to Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Releases (Journal Article)
- Appalachian Basin: Water Resources and Shale Gas/Oil Production in the Appalachian Basin - Critical Issues and Evolving Developments (USGS Report)
- Pennsylvania: Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Somerset and Westmoreland Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004-2010 (USGS Report)
- Arkansas: Geochemical and isotopic variations in shallow groundwater in areas of the Fayetteville shale development, north-central Arkansas (Journal Article)
- Arkansas: Shallow Groundwater Quality and Geochemistry in the Fayetteville Shale Gas-Production Area, North-Central Arkansas, 2011 (USGS Report)
- Wyoming: Groundwater-Quality and Quality-Control Data for Two Monitoring Wells near Pavillion, Wyoming, April and May 2012 (USGS Report)
- Wyoming: Sampling and Analysis Plan for the Characterization of Groundwater Quality in Two Monitoring Wells near Pavillion, Wyoming (USGS Report)
- Pennsylvania: Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004-2010
- Pennsylvania: Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Beaver and Butler Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004-2010
- New York: Specific Conductance Measurements in Central and Western New York Streams -- A Retrospective Characterization
- New York: Dissolved Methane in New York Groundwater, 1999-2011 (USGS Report)
- Marcellus and Utica: Baseline Groundwater Quality in National Park Units Within the Marcellus and Utica Shale Gas Plays, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, 2011 (USGS Report)
- Water Quality Studied in Areas of Unconventional Oil and Gas Development, Including Areas Where Hydraulic Fracturing Techniques are Used, in the United States (USGS Fact Sheet)
- The potential effects of sodium bicarbonate, a major constituent from coalbed natural gas production, on aquatic life (USGS Report)
- Colorado: Use of Diverse Geochemical Data Sets to Determine Sources and Sinks of Nitrate and Methane in Groundwater, Garfield County, Colorado, 2009 (USGS Report)
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