Radioactivity in Deep Shale Horizontal Drilling
- "Deep down in the earth, there is a lot of radioactivity, which is safe enough, so long as it is not brought up to the surface. The technical term is NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material). When it is brought to the surface it becomes Technologically Enhanced, or TENORM, and it is a serious health problem near oil wells and gas production sites. It is in the production water, in the oil, in the gas, around the production sites, the groundwater, in the pipes and tanks – and in your kitchen." Read more.
- For a report on the radioactivity of the Marcellus Shale by Dr. Marvin Resnikoff. Click here. "Marvin Resnikoff is Senior Associate at Radioactive Waste Management Associates and is an international consultant on radioactive waste management issues. He is Principal Manager at Associates and is Project Director for dose reconstruction and risk assessment studies of radioactive waste facilities and transportation of radioactive materials. Dr. Resnikoff has concentrated exclusively on radioactive waste issues since 1974. He has authored or co-authored four books on radioactive waste issues. In June 2000, he was appointed to a Blue Ribbon Panel on Alternatives to Incineration by DOE Secretary Bill Richardson. . . .He has researched and written reports on radioactivity in oil and gas operations for the past 18 years. He has conducted dose reconstruction studies of oil pipe cleaners in Mississippi and Louisiana and is continuing to work on personal injury cases involving former workers and residents at the ITCO and other oil pipe cleaning yards in Louisiana and Texas. He is also presently working on several land contamination cases in Louisiana, Texas and New York involving radiological contaminants. He has conducted radioactive dose reconstruction studies of oil pipe cleaners in Mississippi and Louisiana, and of ranch hands in natural gas operations in Texas."
- For a very technical report on the Marcellus Shale radioactivity that suggests the dosage of radioactivity is likely to be low, Click here. HOWEVER, what we don't know, is the cumulative effects of drill cuttings and waste flowback from literally thousands of wells.
- The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Report suggests we may need caution and regulatory requirements for testing wastes: "" Read More.