January 19, 2018

Is NY’s Marcellus Shale Too Hot to Handle?

Is New York’s Marcellus Shale Too Hot to Handle?

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, Nov. 9, 2009, 5:10 a.m.

As New York gears up for a massive expansion of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, state officials have made a potentially troubling discovery about the wastewater created by the process: It’s … Continue reading

Natural Gas Drilling Produces Radioactive Wastewater

Abraham Lustgarten, ProPublica, Scientific American 

Wastewater from natural gas drilling in New York State is radioactive, as high as 267 times the limit safe for discharge into the environment and thousands of times the limit safe for people to drink

As New York gears up for a massive expansion of … Continue reading

Radiological Impact On Man and the Environment From the Oil and Gas Industry

F. STEINHÄUSLER, Center for International Security and Cooperation


Radiation exposure of workers in the oil-gas industry can occur by inhalation of high-levels of radon gas; increased gamma dose rates; increased gamma dose rate due to 226Ra, 210Pb, 228Ra, and 228Th. The waste also has elevated contents of long-lived radionuclides. … Continue reading

Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) in Produced Water and Oil-Field Equipment— An Issue for the Energy Industry

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)


Naturally occurring radioactive elements such as uranium, radium, and radon are dissolved in very low concentrations during normal reactions between water and rock or soil. Ground water that coexists with deposits of oil can have unusually high concentrations of dissolved constituents that build up during … Continue reading