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Of Current Interest

New Report: 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

The USGS recently released a report detailing baseline groundwater information, prior to oil and gas exploration in North Carolina. The study is one of the first in the country to provide baseline information on groundwater quality ahead of oil and gas industry production activities within a particular state.

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DS 861

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

The researchers inventoried 305 wells and sampled 56 wells and one spring. Of the 57 samples, 22 contained naturally occurring methane. Concentration levels were low, ranging from 0.0005 to 0.48 milligrams per liter. The range of methane found does not pose any known risk.

The results also showed that 2 to 9 percent of the wells tested for constituents, such as nitrate, boron, chloride, sulfate or total dissolved solids, contained levels above drinking water standards. Well owners were notified of the results. While the number of wells tested for each constituent was fairly small, the results highlight the importance of private-well owners having their water tested.

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Recent Publications

DS 861
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
By Melinda J. Chapman, Laura N. Gurley, and Sharon A. Fitzgerald
Data Series 861
OFR 2014-1215
Water-Quality Characteristics Indicative of Wastewater in Selected Streams in the Upper Neuse River Basin, Durham and Orange Counties, North Carolina, from 2004 to 2013
By G.M. Ferrell, Matthew S. Yearout, Barbara H. Grimes, Alexandria K. Graves, Sharon A. Fitzgerald, and Michael T. Meyer
Open File Report 2014–1215
OFR 2014-1192
Quality of Surface-Water Supplies in the Triangle Area of North Carolina, Water Year 2009
By C.A. Pfeifle, M.J. Giorgino, and R.B. Rasmussen
Open File Report 2014–1192

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USGS CoreCast: Groundwater Awareness Week is March 6-12
From large drawdowns in the Great Plains aquifer to arsenic in some wells in New England, this episode of CoreCast highlights six different USGS groundwater studies all across the United States, including Wake County in North Carolina. (7.68 Mb)

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