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Energy development impacts are farther reaching than the well site, pipeline or wind turbine, impacting landowners, wildlife populations and plant communities. NDSU Extension provides publications, workshops and other resources to help to restore a site to its pre-disturbance ecological structure and functions.

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Successful Reclamation of Lands Disturbed by Oil and Gas Development and Infrastructure Construction
This publication is designed to describe activities for the successful reclamation of North Dakota lands following disturbances associated with oil and gas production, and infrastructure construction. This includes topsoil/subsoil removal and replacement, well and pad development, pipeline and road construction, residential development and other activities related to the oil boom.

Reclamation of Oil and Gas Industry-impacted Land A Guide and Checklist
This publication provides a checklist for landowners and companies to promote trust and cooperation. the checklist provides a list of procedures that should be addressed to reassure the land will be returned, as close as possible, to it agronomic productively level.

Environmental Impacts of Brine (Produced Water)
Brine, or produced water, is a byproduct of oil and gas production. It consists of water from the geologic formation, injection water, oil and salts. Brine has a high salt concentration the ions of the salts negatively affect the site's soil and vegetation, impairing its ability to produce crops and forage. the goal of brine spill remediation is to remove or minimize salts in the soil.

Baseline Water Quality in Areas of Oil Development
This publication describes private water supply protection in oil development areas and legal implications and what tests are needed for legal protection.




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