Tested fracking waste reveals alarming results

by TXsharon on July 2, 2012

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For all those living near injection wells or fighting an injection well permit, lookie at this:

First-Ever Fracking Wastewater Test in Ohio Reveals Stew of Hazardous Toxins

The lab results indicate high levels of alpha particles, arsenic, barium and toluene, among other contaminants, and are cause for the brine to be classified as “hazardous,” according to Ben Stout, professor of biology at Wheeling Jesuit University who interpreted the results

One of the Loopholes for Polluters is Resource Conservation and Recovery Act – RCRA which allows industry to claim their waste is non hazardous.

Here’s how it works:

Look at the barrels of chemicals in the last graphic HERE. Many of those barrels will come with signage such as the one below:

Then those chemicals are pumped downhole during fracking.






And then the chemicals come back up to the surface and they are no longer hazardous.


About Sharon Wilson

Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.

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Fish Creek Neighbor July 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Back in 2008 the industry told us it was brine, so I was thinking – no harm, right?


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