That are positively glowing from fracking. A nice radioactive green. The Pennsylvania DEP (Department of Environmental Prevarication) has released its study on radioactive matter produced by fracking. A brief summary –
– There are potential radiological environmental impacts from fracking flowback spilled in streams at drilling sites, in landfills on roads etc. Radium should be added to the Pennsylvania spill protocol to ensure cleanups are “adequately characterized.” There are also site-specific circumstances and situations where the use of personal protective equipment by workers or other controls should be evaluated, given their potential exposure to radioactive frack wastes.
– There are potential radiological environmental impacts that should be studied at all facilities in Pennsylvania that treat frack wastes to determine where the waste is going. If elevated radiological impacts are found, the development of radiological discharge limitations and spill policies should be considered.
– Frack filter “cake” from facilities treating wastes could have a radiological environmental impact if spilled, dumped in barns, dropped on roads or buried because there is a potential long-term disposal issue. TENORM disposal protocols should be reviewed to ensure the safety of very long-term disposal of waste containing TENORM.
– Further study of radiological environmental impacts from the use of brine from the oil and gas industry for dust suppression, de-icing and road stabilization should be conducted.
– The mining, drilling and burning of fossil fuels produces more hazardous radioactive waste material in a matter of days than the nuclear energy does in a year . In a matter of months, fracking produces more hazardous radioactive waste than the US nuclear energy power industry has in its entire history.
Because ore deposits, gas deposits, coal and oil tend to contain and concentrate NORMs into TENORMS to varying degrees, especially in unconventional deposits like tar sands, oil shales and gas shales, fracking has increased radiation levels much more than nuclear power has.”
So now we can dream of radioactive sheep.
And dairy cows, trout, maple trees, corn, what have you . . . .