I can’t count the times industry people have laughed or made rude comments when I mention the problem with radium and other radionuclides that are brought to the surface in concentrated amounts in flowback and produced water. Many of the comments come from the roughnecks who only parrot what their employers tell them without doing any research to learn the truth . Industry likes to call it NORM which stands for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material. If it’s natural, it must be good for you. Right?
So, my question is this: If there is no problem with radioactive waste in the gas patch, why invent new technologies to reduce the radioactive waste in the gas patch? IJS.
Hydrofracking – The key to obtaining substantial yields of natural gas from wells drilled into hard shale rock has been used for many years throughout the US, Canada and many other countries.
In recent years, as the technology has evolved, it has also become controversial in some areas.
While EPA and regional governmental bodies are trying to optimize the risks versus returns and with consideration to US Energy Security new technologies are starting to emerge to deal with some of the potential problems.
One issue which is starting to be addressed is the presence of Radium and other Radionuclides (including Radon) in Fracking Flowback Water.
When rock is fractured deep beneath the ground there is often a certain amount of Radium present.
Radium is a decay product of Uranium which was present in the rock hundreds of millions of years ago. Radon is a decay product of Radium.
Lamnipipe is designed to prevent Radium and Radionuclides from travelling to the surface when Frack Water is withdrawn.