Fact Sheet 2013–3047
Fourteen monitoring wells were sampled by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, to better understand the chemistry and age of groundwater in the Piceance structural basin in Rio Blanco County, Colorado, and how they may relate to the development of underlying natural-gas reservoirs. Natural gas extraction in the area has been ongoing since at least the 1950s, and the area contains about 960 producing, shut-in, and abandoned natural-gas wells.
First posted September 24, 2013
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McMahon, P.B., Thomas, J.C., and Hunt, A.G., 2013, Chemistry and age of groundwater in the Piceance structural basin, Rio Blanco county, Colorado, 2010–12: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3047, 6 p., https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3047/.
The Study Area
The Study Design
Dissolved Solids in Groundwater
Hydrocarbons in Groundwater