Coming to a narrow road near you real soon, or a land fill, or a municipal water plant, or trout stream. As previously noted, shale is the most radioactive sedimentary layer encountered -radioactivity is how shale is identified on a drilling log – which makes fracking it horizontally tantamount to solution mining radium. When frackwaste is recycled – and reused to frack another shale well, this effectively doubles the radioactivity. Repeat.
When the frackwaste is processed and reduced to a sludge, the frackers are left with a highly radioactive hazardous material, which they then have to try to get rid of, preferably in another state – like Ohio, the default dumping ground for nuclear frack waste, and try to get it past the radiation detectors at the landfills. If the landfills bother to check at all. Or just spread it on the road and call it “glow-in-the-dark de-icer.”
If your local landfill wants to cash in on taking radioactive frackwaste, no questions asked, have them call 1-800-RADIOACTIVE FOR THE NEXT 1000 YEARS OR SO. Operators are standing by. Se habla Ingles.
As discussed in this new paper about the Musical Chairs Game of trying to get rid of billions of tons of increasingly hazardous radioactive frackwaste. Somewhere. For about a thousand years.
There is a bill in the New York State Senate to ban the importation of toxic radioactive frackwaste from out of state. But it’s bottled up in committee by the Senate’s Fracking Sock Puppets – Klein, Skelos, and Libous. Who are paid to say that radioactive frackwaste is not a problem, even when it’s trucked though New York City and dumped on Long Island.
Radioactive Frack Waste Plagues Ohio
Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 12:15 am
By Rachel Morgan Calkins Media
GRAND RAPIDS, Ohio — Radioactive waste unearthed by hydraulic fracturing is becoming a serious problem in Ohio, a new report claims.
Released Thursday by the FreshWater Accountability Project Ohio, the report was authored by Marvin Resnikoff, a physicist at the University of Michigan and senior associate at Radioactive Waste Management Associates.
Resnikoff points to what he says is a failure to properly dispose of radioactive waste from fracking, saying that these wastes make their way into municipal landfills in Ohio — costing the natural gas industry one-hundredth of what the nuclear industry pays to dispose of similar, low-level radioactive waste.
“It is evident that environmental concerns are trumped by the economics beneficial to the unconventional shale drilling industry,” Resnikoff said.
He also says the industry simply doesn’t want to take responsibility for the radioactive waste it produces.
“In the process of drilling and fracturing wells in shale formations, to produce natural gas, this underground radioactivity is brought to the surface, but where does it go?” he asked. “Oil and gas companies, along with the state agencies they’ve bamboozled, would have you believe any radioactivity present in waste streams is either within regulatory limits, not within the jurisdiction of state governments to regulate, or non-existent.
“Translation 1: The radium-226 in Marcellus shale inexplicably disappears when it is brought to the surface,” he continued. “Translation 2: The oil and gas industry does not want to pay the true costs of transporting, managing or disposing the radioactive waste they are producing.”
In the report, Resnikoff also airs his concerns regarding the Patriot water treatment plant in Warren, Ohio, which treats water and releases it into the Mahoning River Watershed.
“On a daily basis, Patriot does not test for gamma-emitting radionuclides and for radium-226,” Resnikoff said. And Ohio’s propensity for accepting fracking waste from other states isn’t helping matters, he said.
“Even though fracking in Ohio is not yet occurring at intense levels as in other states, the state has been victim to the process especially because the state is making itself available as a dumping ground for the waste from other places, such as Pennsylvania and West Virginia,” he said. “Both liquid and solid fracking waste — of radioactive nature — is trucked across state lines to Ohio landfills and processed to take to wastewater treatment plants for disposal.”
Resnikoff also found in the report that truck transportation of radioactive waste routinely violates federal standards, which include truck tank design, minimum insurance requirements and signage that indicates the load is radioactive.
Lea Harper, founder of FreshWater Accountability Project Ohio, the organization that commissioned the report, called for a halt on fracking waste disposal in the state.
“With these serious issues facing Ohio, all waste disposal should be stopped for the Legislature to hold hearings on a bill dealing exclusively with this issue and not allow it to remain buried in a 4,000-page budget bill,” she said. “Someday, there will be a look back to this point, and people will wonder how fracking could be allowed at such a scale without adequate regulation or public protections in place.
“When that happens, there will probably be criminal charges,” Harper said. “The unfortunate outcome of all of this is once the damage is done, it’s too late. We want the truth and the true costs to be faced today — before any further fracking, waste transportation or disposal takes place.”
And Resnikoff isn’t the only expert saying fracking waste may be much more radioactive than once believed.
A 2011 U.S. Geological Survey report by research geologist, Mark Engle, found that millions of barrels of wastewater from unconventional fracked wells in Pennsylvania and vertical 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 industrial discharges to water.