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DEP concludes six-month investigation of Tenmile Creek, finds no sign of radioactivity

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) concluded a six-month long investigation finding no indication of elevated radioactivity contaminating the Tenmile Creek, a primary source of drinking water tangled within the heart of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas fields. The study was conducted after questions arose following the DEP’s collection of surface water samples taken in the spring of 2014 when the ...

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Time is short to avert shale industry’s imminent radioactive dilemma


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Debate surrounding the health effects of hydraulic fracturing tends to center around a few figurehead issues. The potential for oil spills from wells or pipelines, air and noise pollution from drilling activities and contamination of underground drinking water supplies often dominate the conversation, prompting ill-informed standoffs between a public concerned for its safety and ...

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Bill would keep other states’ radioactive fracking waste out of Michigan


Keith Matheny | Detroit Free Press A state senator says he wants to prevent Michigan from further becoming other states’ dumping ground for low-level radioactive waste from the oil and gas drilling process known as fracking. Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said Thursday that he plans to introduce legislation to stop companies in other states, such as Pennsylvania, from dumping ...

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Pennsylvania will send radioactive waste to Michigan


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Two containers of radioactive waste from Marcellus shale gas drilling will soon be heading to Michigan for disposal. Observer-reporter.com of Southern Pennsylvania reports that unusually high levels of radiation were detected in water and sludge stored at Range Resources’ Carter Impoundment in Mt. Pleasant Township last May. The site’s operators separated the water and ...

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States pass the buck on radioactive waste disposal


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An article today on Public Radio International explores the literal fallout of Marcellus shale drilling: irradiated rock fragments known as drill cuttings. The Marcellus is an unusually radioactive geological formation. PRI reports that studies have found its radiation levels are about three times as high as comparable shales, and samples of underground, mineral-heavy water ...

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