I had this information at the end of a fracing chemical post but I think it warrants it’s very own entry.
Fracturing Technology: Improving technology for fracture height
Radioactive tracers are the most common method currently used to determine propped fracture geometry, but they present many safety and environmental issues that can have a major impact when using this technology as part of a fracturing treatment. Tracers must be transported, stored, handled, injected, and monitored in accordance with a number of state, federal, and international regulations.
And we were worried about–Barnett Shale Radioactive Waste is Carcinogenic and has a 1,622 Year Half-Life–the radioactive dangers they are bringing up from the deep, dark below. We didn’t know they were adding MORE radioactive material to the mix.
At first glance the “improved” fracturing technology seems to be eliminating the need for the radioactive material but then they mention “tagging material in the resin coating” and “gamma rays” and “a fast neutron source.” The improvement of this “improved” technology is questionable.
Clearly, the industry will do anything to produce the gas and humans are merely collateral damage.
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