October 25, 2014

Time is Short to Avert Shale Industry’s Imminent Radioactive Dilemma

“The more we drill, the more radioactive matter we bring to the surface, and the less idea we have of what to do with it.”
By Shane Thielges, bakken.com, August 28, 2014

radioactivePA, NY, OH and WV Residents Note: The Marcellus is 3X more radioactive than comparable formations.
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Radionuclides in Fracking Wastewater

The Marcellus is known to have high uranium content
By Valerie J. Brown, Environmental Health Perspectives

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Waste Pit in Dimock
Naturally occurring radionuclides are widely distributed in the earth’s crust, so it’s no surprise that mineral and hydrocarbon extraction processes, conventional and unconventional alike, often produce some radioactive … Continue reading

NYS Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal’s Letter to Con Ed Concerning Radon in Natural Gas

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December 19, 2013

Kevin Burke
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
4 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

Dear Mr. Burke:

The New Jersey-New York Expansion Project, commonly referred to as the “Spectra Pipeline,” went … Continue reading

Impacts of Shale Gas Wastewater Disposal on Water Quality in Western PA

Environmental Science and Technology, September 10, 2013
By Nathaniel R. Warner, Cidney A. Christie, Robert B. Jackson, and Avner Vengosh
Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC

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Radioactive Wastewater From Fracking Found in PA Stream

Study finds radioactive wastewater being released into the Pittsburgh watershed
By smithsonian.com, October 2, 1013

New testing of treated wastewater from fracking shows that it contains high levels of radioactive radium, along with chloride and bromide

In the state of Pennsylvania, home to the lucrative Marcellus Shale formation, 74 … Continue reading

NY Imports PA’s Radioactive Fracking Waste

Practice continues despite falsified water tests
By Peter Mantius, DC Bureau, August 14, 2013

Hyland Landfill

Questions about the integrity of official water tests are stirring the latest controversy over New York State’s embattled policy of allowing imports of radioactive waste from natural gas drilling operations in Pennsylvania.

The issue

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Radiation in Fracking Wastewater

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. A four-part series on radiation in fracking wastewater by Rachel Morgan of the Beaver County Times.


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PA DEP Backtracks on Radiation Issue

PA announces plans to study the effects of radiation in natural gas drilling wastewater
By Rachel Morgan, timesonline, Jan. 26, 2013

The idea is only as good as the company, the requested scope (including how and where testing is done) and the review of the draft study.

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Radioactive Waste Management Associates

Radioactive Waste Management Associates (RWMA)

RWMA is a Vermont-based consulting firm established in 1989. Our expert team of scientists and engineers evaluate the impact of proposed and existent radioactive waste facilities to assist organizations that are faced with nuclear waste management issues.

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Comments on Proposed DEC Regulations Marcellus Shale Development

Marvin Resnikoff, Ph.D.
Radioactive Waste Management Associates
October 2011

These comments on the proposed DEC regulations on Marcellus Shale Development pertain primarily to health and safety issues. Since the previous GEIS1, DEC has examined the regulatory experience in other states and responded to the concerns of New York City and … Continue reading