Radiated soil another concern in Marcellus Shale fracking

Posted by Mike Confino, December 8, 2014

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In August, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reported 243 water wells were contaminated by gas drilling statewide. Videographer Scott Cannon, during a program on fracking he presented at American Legion Post 477 in Pittston on Nov. 13, said 20 percent to 80 percent of chemicals put in the ground during fracking for natural gas stay in the ground.

But there is another adverse effect to the way drillers fracturing rock in the Marcellus Shale in the search for natural gas. Water and chemicals used to break shale in the hydraulic fracturing process mix with brine and radiated soil already in the ground, so the water comes up worse than when it went in and can’t be put back into the ecosystem, Cannon said.

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