In 1930, my greatgrandparents purchased a beautiful farm in Bradford County, PA, in a little hamlet called French Azilum. In the summer, we spent time there, resting, breathing in the fresh air, enjoying the wild flowers, the bright stars and planets on a clear moonlit night, and swimming in the Susquehanna River. If gas drilling is allowed to continue, Bradford County and all of Pennsylvania will be forever changed, ruined beyond repair.
Monday, March 21, 2011
PA Roads Sprayed With Drilling Waste
Recent information in the New York Times has revealed that drilling wastewater contains substantially higher levels of radioactive materials than previously disclosed. Testing of drinking water for radioactive materials has been lax or non-existent at 65 public water intakes downstream from treatment plants that have handled drilling wastewater from the Marcellus Shale. It remains legal for drillers to spray drilling waste (flowback water) on roads in Pennsylvania for ice and dust suppression. This waste eventually washes into streams. Proper oversight and testing has not been done in the past, but now the PA DEP is starting to test water downstream from discharge sites. It's about time. But it is really too late in many cases. There is a very high salt content in this waste. The grass and plant life next to roads is dying and turning brown.