MBMG Employment Staff

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John R. Wheaton
Senior Research Hydrogeologist


Professional Experience

2014Present, Senior Research Hydrogeologist, Billings
20092014, Senior Research Hydrogeologist, Program Manager for
Ground-Water Investigation
, Butte
20022009, Senior Research Hydrogeologist, Montana State University-Billings
19882002, Research Hydrogeologist
Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Montana State University-Billings

19851988, Hydrogeologist, Peabody Coal Company, Colstrip, Montana

 

Education

M.S.Hydrogeology/Environmental Studies, University of Montana, Missoula

B.A.Geology, University of Montana, Missoula

 

Professional Interests

Hydrogeologic changes associated with coal mines

Potential of developing mine pits as water reservoirs

Drill hole grouting materials and techniques

Water supply assessment

Ground water occurrence, assessment, and protection

Mining impacts to ground water

Acid-mine drainage

Reclamation of abandoned mine sites

Coalbed methane

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Montana Geological Society
  • International Association of Hydrologists
  • American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation
  • Montana Monitor Well Installer (license 046)

 

 


Outside Publications

Reddish, S., Wheaton, J.R., 2006. (Extended abstract) Coalbed methane regional ground-water monitoring program: 2005 status: 2006 Billings Land Reclamation Symposium, June 5-8, 2006, Billings MT jointly published by BLRS and ASMR, 3134 Montavesta Rd., Lexington, KY 40502.

Wheaton, J.R., Reddish, S., 2006. (Extended abstract) Ground water and coalbed methane infiltration ponds in the Powder River Basin: 2006 Billings Land Reclamation Symposium, June 5-8, 2006, Billings MT jointly published by BLRS and ASMR, 3134 Montavesta Rd., Lexington, KY  40502.

Ball, P., and Wheaton, J.R., 2005, Investigation of microbial ecology, structure and function in coalbed aquifers: Powder River Basin, Montana: Montana Water Center Technical Report 226, 16 pages.

Wheaton, J.R, and Brown, T.H., 2005, Predicting changes in ground-water quality associated with coalbed methane infiltration ponds: in Western Resources Project Final Report-Produced Groundwater Associated with Coalbed Natural Gas Production in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming State Geological Survey Report of Investigation No. 55.

Bobst, A.L. and Wheaton, J.R., 2004, Investigation of the geochemical evolution of coalbed natural gas water as it infiltrates through the unsaturated zone of the Tongue River Member of the Fort Union Formation – Powder River Basin, MT: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs Volume 326, Number 5.

Brinck, E., Wheaton, J.R., and Frost, C., 2004, Tracking CBM infiltration pond impacts upon groundwater using strontium isotopes: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs Volume 326, Number 5.

King, L., Wheaton, J.R., Vance, G., and Ganjegunte, G., 2004, Water issues associated with coalbed methane (natural gas) in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana. American Society for Mine Reclamation, Reclamation Matters, vol 1, No. 2, Fall, 2004, p 7-12.

Wheaton, J.R, and Phillips, W.A., 2004, Evaluation of mine-pit impoundments in coal strip-mine reclamation in southeastern Montana: U. S. Office of Surface Mining, in Proceedings of Interactive Forum, 2000, Surface mining reclamation approaches to bond release: Cumulative hydrologic impact assessment surface mining applications and hydrology topics for the arid and semi-arid west. CD.

Wheaton, J.R., Bobst, A.L., and Donato, T.A., 2004, Ground-water monitoring in the Powder River Basin, southeastern Montana: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs Volume 326, Number 5.

Wheaton, J.R., and Olson, J.L., 2001. Overview of Coal-Bed Methane Development and a Discussion of Montana Impacts. Proceedings of 18th Annual National Meeting, 2001, The American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation, Lexington, KY. p 210-218.

Phillips, W.P., Wheaton, J.R., and Brown, T.H., 2000, (Abstract) Geochemical Modeling of a Coal-Mine-Pit Lake in Southeastern Montana: 2000 Billings Land Reclamation Symposium Proceedings, p 254.

Lovelace, B.K, and Wheaton, J.R., 2000, (Abstract) Hydrologic Issues Associated with Coal-Bed Methane Development in Montana: 2000 Billings Land Reclamation Symposium Proceedings, p 229.

Wheaton, J.R., Phillips, W.P., and Brown, T.H., 2000, (Abstract) Water Budget for a Coal-Mine-Pit Lake in Southeastern Montana: 2000 Billings Land Reclamation Symposium Proceedings, p 253.

Wheaton, J.R. and Bohman, R., 1999, Geophysical investigations of cased well completions, Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation, Vol 19, No 1. pgs 143-151.

Wheaton, J.R. and Van Voast, W.A., 1998, A quarter century of coal mining and hydrogeologic research in southeastern Montana: Proceedings of 25th Anniversary and 15th Annual National Meeting, 1998, The American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation, p. 11-21.

Wheaton, J.R. and Regele, .S, 1997, Economics of Drill-Hole plugging and abandonment: Water Well Journal, Vol. 51, No. 6, p. 43-45.

Wheaton, J.R., 1996, (Abstract) Analysis of leakage through inadequate plugged coal exploration boreholes: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 28, No. 4.

Wheaton, J.R. and Reiten, J.C., 1996, Groundwater Leakage through Inadequately Plugged Coal Exploration Boreholes: Montana Water Resources Center Technical Report No. 185, 20 p.

Wheaton, J.R. and Reiten, J.C., 1996, (Abstract) Update on hydrogeologic impacts associated with coal strip mining in southeastern Montana. Proceedings of the Seventh Billings Reclamation Symposium, 1996, Montana State University Reclamation Research Unit Publication No. 9303, 195 p.

Wheaton, J.R., Reiten, J.C., and Regele, S., 1996, Evaluation of grouting materials for drill-hole abandonment. American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Vol. 80, No. 6, 984 p.

Reiten, J. C., Wheaton, J. R., and Berg, R. B., 1996, (Abstract) Weathering of Rock Art at Pictograph Caves State Park, near Billings Montana. American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Vol. 80, No. 6, p 984.

Regele, S., Clark, D., Bohman, R., Wheaton, J.R., Lyford, J., 1993, Bentonite as a hole abandonment and annular seal material: Proceedings of the Sixth Billings Reclamation Symposium, 1993, Montana State University Reclamation Research Unit Publication No. 9301, p. 143-150

Reiten, J.C. and Wheaton, J.R., 1993, Unexpected impacts to unmined aquifers near coal mines: Proceedings of the Sixth Billings Reclamation Symposium, 1993, Montana State University Reclamation Research Unit Publication No. 9301, p. 134-142

Wheaton, J.R., 1993, Groundwater resource assessment of underground coal mines near Roundup, Montana: 1993 Field Conference Guidebook-Energy and Mineral Resources of Central Montana, L.D. Hunter (ed), Montana Geological Society, Billings, p. 243-249.

Wheaton, J.R., and Reiten, J.C., 1989, Water storage potential in abandoned underground coal mines near Roundup, Montana: Montana Geological Society, 1989 Montana Centennial Guidebook, p. 415-421.