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Assessing Energy Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycling in Muddy Creek Watershed

Summary

Scope and Methods Energy exploration and development has progressed steadily over the past few years in the Muddy Creek subbasin, Carbon County, Wyoming. The area includes the Atlantic Rim and Creston energy fields. Gravel roads, drill pads, pipelines, buried powerlines, and both production and injection wells have been constructed in the watershed and more are being considered for permitting. Trace elements, such as selenium, arsenic, and copper, are known to occur in soils and water in the watershed, and in some areas at elevated levels. It is important to understand the geologic controls on the source, transport, and fate of these elements so that informed decisions can be made on how and where development should occur. Eleven sites [...]

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U.S. Geological Survey

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  • Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative

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