Wednesday May 23rd 2018

Radioactivity from oil and gas wastewater persists in Pennsylvania stream sediments

Environment News: Radioactivity from oil and gas wastewater persists in Pennsylvania stream sediments

(Duke University) More than seven years after Pennsylvania officials requested that the disposal of radium-laden fracking wastewater into surface waters be restricted, a new Duke study finds that high levels of radioactivity persist in stream sediments at three disposal sites. Radioactivity at these sites is 650 times higher than at unaffected sites upstream. The contamination comes from conventional, or non-fracked, oil and gas wastewater, which, under current state regulations, can still be treated and discharged into streams. ……Read More…….

Source: EurekAlert!, the online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society

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