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Fri Aug 21, 2015, 07:39 AM

Illegal Dumping of Fracking Wastewater May Be Linked to Radioactivity in PA Creek, Experts Say

Illegal Dumping of Fracking Wastewater May Be Linked to Radioactivity in PA Creek, Experts Say
EcoWatch
8/20/2015


Water at the edge of the Clyde Mine discharge in East Bethlehem Township turns the water orangey red where it flows into Ten Mile Creek. Photo credit: Natasha Khan / PublicSource

...“There’s something going on there that’s not right,” Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazett. “The radiation, together with higher bromide levels than you would expect to see coming out of a deep mine, point to drilling wastewater.

In April 2014, under pressure from local environmental groups, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had taken samples from the same mine, the Clyde Mine in Washington County, Pennsylvania, as it discharged into 10 Mile Creek, a popular destination for boaters and fishermen.

Those tests showed one sample with radioactive materials (specifically radium 226 and radium 228) totaling 327 pci/l at and a second totaling 301 pci/l—in other words, up to 65 times the radium levels that the EPA considers safe in drinking water.

Some had speculated that the 2014 test results could simply have been flukes or false positives, a claim that seems less likely now that the subsequent round of testing by independent researchers also showed the presence of radioactivity.

The DEP is continuing to investigate, but some in the region say that these efforts are less than satisfactory.

The DEP has known of elevated levels of radiation in the streams for more than a year, during which time countless people have recreated in (the water) and been exposed to possible harm,” Patrick Grenter, director of Center for Coalfield Justice, told the state press.

The discharges from the Clyde Mine flow into Ten Mile Creek, a tributary of the Monongahela River, which serves as a drinking water supply for much of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.

http://ecowatch.com/2015/08/20/radioactivity-fracking/

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RiverLover Aug 2015 OP
Mc Mike Aug 2015 #1
RiverLover Aug 2015 #2
Mc Mike Aug 2015 #12
mountain grammy Aug 2015 #3
RiverLover Aug 2015 #5
daleanime Aug 2015 #4
RiverLover Aug 2015 #6
Orrex Aug 2015 #7
RiverLover Aug 2015 #10
Sunlei Aug 2015 #8
RiverLover Aug 2015 #9
Sunlei Aug 2015 #11

Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 08:17 AM

1. Thanks for the heads up, RL. I'm right downstream.

It was inevitable that the frackheads would illegally dispose of the wastewater, and they don't care who it kills.

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Response to Mc Mike (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 09:22 AM

2. Oh jeez. I hope you haven't been fishing?!

No they don't care. Only money matters.

Which is truly pathetic because the half-life for radium 226 is 1,600 years, meaning even then, it will still be half as potent at it is today. And we don't know how to clean it from water.

Maybe a Pittsburgh Steeler will care his water is radioactive & bring this some national attention. Though it's sad that we'd need something like that for it to be a big story in the press.

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Response to RiverLover (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 24, 2015, 05:50 PM

12. No fishing or boating, but I do like to drink tap water.

Even the experts don't really understand the region's hydrology, so I don't feel reassured, even if Pgh. Water & Sewer doesn't get our water from the Mon.

I think Ray Seals cared about his cousin, Johnny Gammage, but that didn't result in any positive developments in the case.

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 09:29 AM

3. Will this make the national news

like the spill in Colorado into the Animas River? Oh no, can't directly blame the EPA? No story, nothing to see.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 09:44 AM

5. True that.

I hadn't thought of that, but its so true!

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 09:31 AM

4. Just another example of why.....

capitalism is a dead end for humanity.

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Response to daleanime (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 09:45 AM

6. Its not working well for us, that's for sure. /nt

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 10:04 AM

7. The first thing we must do is protect the fracking companies

What are bromide and radioactivity compared to massive profits?


K/R from north of Pittsburgh.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 10:19 AM

10. Thanks Orrex.

I'm next door in Ohio, where most of the PA fracking waste goes legally. I'm not even sure if we test our water here for radioactive waste. It could be worse here & we just don't know it.

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 10:06 AM

8. dumping of wastewater should be a felony with mandatory long sentencing of all involved.

Including the owner/management who knows exactly what happens with their companies waste products.

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 10:17 AM

9. Should be but isn't - "Executive in WV spill pleads guilty, gets his Bentley and millions back"

And he'll serve a max of 3 years in jail. Which probably means he'll be out in one.

http://www.southernstudies.org/2015/08/executive-in-wv-spill-pleads-guilty-gets-his-bentl.html

That'll sure scare them straight!

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Response to RiverLover (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 10:37 AM

11. I know, you're right. Should be but isn't. worse in PA. because the authorities give a free pass

to 'their own' buddies to pollute everything.

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