Revegetation of Disturbed Lands
Revegetation of pipeline right-of-way and/or well sites is of importance to the viability of the hydrolic cycle on disturbed lands. Vegetation serves two major purposes for distrubed land. First, forages protect soil surface from erosion and their plant canopy increases the infiltration of water. Secondly, revegetation of disturbed sites provides a food source for animals. The following studies examined the viability of using coal bed methane produced water to establish plants on disturbed sites, selection of grasses and forbs for palatability of animals, and forage yield.
Using Coal Bed Methane Produced Water for Establishment of Native and Non-Native grasses in the Oil and Gas Producing Basin of NW New Mexico