Reclaiming the land

Reclamation of oilfield sites has proven to be a thornier problem than farmers and oilfield companies alike want, but area research is kicking into high gear to look at the problem, which is exacerbated in part by North Dakota’s geological features.

Among the researchers already working on the problems is Dr. Erin Espeland, research ecologist out of the USDA-ARS in Sidney, and Zach Sylvain, a research assistant, are among those with projects that seek to improve oilfield reclamations.

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