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Visibility impacts at class i areas near the bakken oil and gas development.

Authors
  • Gebhart, Kristi A1
  • Day, Derek E2
  • Prenni, Anthony J3
  • Schichtel, Bret A1
  • Hand, J L2
  • Evanoski-Cole, Ashley R4
  • 1 a National Park Service , Fort Collins , CO , USA.
  • 2 b Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere , Colorado State University , Fort Collins , CO , USA.
  • 3 c National Park Service , Lakewood , CO , USA.
  • 4 d Atmospheric Science Department , Colorado State University , Fort Collins , CO USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Feb 12, 2018
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/10962247.2018.1429334
PMID: 29432062
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

The increase in oil and gas activities in the Bakken region of North Dakota and surrounding areas has had a discernable impact on airborne particulate concentrations that impact visibility at protected sites in the region. However, the impact has been at least partially offset by a concurrent reduction in emissions from coal fired electric generating stations. Continuing the recent reductions in flaring would likely be beneficial for the regional visual air quality.

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