Powder River Basin Groundwater Monitoring Updates
The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Buffalo Field Office has published an Open-File Report entitled "2012 Coalbed Natural Gas Regional Groundwater Monitoring Update, Powder River Basin, Wyoming.” The BLM has commissioned the WSGS to produce a series of updates for this project until 2015. The 2013 report presents data from BLM’s 62 groundwater monitoring well site network in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin (PRB) along with surrounding coalbed natural gas (CBNG) production data from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, from 1993 through 2012.
CBNG production requires the extraction of water from subsurface coal seams. The BLM’s groundwater monitoring well network involves measuring water levels in CBNG producing zones and surrounding sandstone aquifers and providing data to monitor the effects of CBNG production on the groundwater resources in specific CBNG producing intervals of the PRB.
WSGS Contact, Seth Wittke.