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.

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1 comment:

smurfette said...

Well, there go my favorite flowers at Camp- Queen Anne's Lace and Chicory. They both grow along roadways. Oh, and there goes the Betty Shannon Memorial Garden, too. I know it's a lot of work, but the garden should be moved as soon as possible. Otherwise, those plants are doomed.