We, in the Barnett Shale, are not sitting alone in our toxic and radioactive drilling waste.
An analysis of wastewater samples by the Department of Health found levels of radium-226, and related alpha and beta radiation that are up to 10,000 times higher than drinking water standards, according to a memo the agency sent to the Department of Environmental
They like to call it NORM or Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material, which makes it sound harmless. NORM is actually a bone-seeking carcinogen with a 1622 year half-life.
Three samples tested ranged from 14,530 to 123,000 picocuries of radiation per liter. The federal limit for radiation in public drinking water is 15.
That’s a lot of “natural.” All that natural NORM is already in Barnett Shale drinking water and other areas of Texas where drilling occurs. Aw well, blue is a good color for me.
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