Monday, January 28, 2013

Fracking Wastewater RADIOACTIVE

Fracking Wastewater Can Be Highly Radioactive By Rachel Morgan, Times Online 28 January 13

[excerpted] Its contents remain mostly a mystery. But fracking wastewater has revealed one of its secrets: It can be highly radioactive. And yet no agency really regulates its handling, transport or disposal. First of a four-part series on radiation in fracking wastewater.

....Studies from the U.S. Geological Survey, Penn State University and environmental groups all found that waste from fracking can be radioactive - and in some cases, highly radioactive.

A geological survey report found that millions of barrels of wastewater from unconventional wells in Pennsylvania and conventional wells in New York were 3,609 times more radioactive than the federal limit for drinking water and 300 times more radioactive than a Nuclear Regulatory Commission limit for nuclear plant discharges.

And Mark Engle, the USGS research geologist who co-authored the report, said that fracking flowback from the Marcellus shale contains higher radiation levels than similar shale formations.

"There (isn't) a lot of data but in general, the Marcellus appears to be anomalously high," Engle said. He said the USGS had agreements with a handful of oil and gas companies to sample the flowback from their wells for this particular report. These companies, he said, did not wish to be identified.
Engle also says that both the Marcellus shale itself and the wastewater generated from fracking are both radioactive, but he doesn't know just how much radium the shale contains. He said it "may be fairly small, since radium is so soluble." But he also said this solubility would make it easier for the radium to dissolve into the brine itself - and come to the surface.... [end]

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