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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

NY Residents Question Heavy Metals & Radioactivity In Marcellus Waste

Questions raised as landfill seeks to increase intake of Marcellus drilling waste

By Tom Wilbertwilber@gannett.com
Star Gazette

Chemung County officials see tons of solid waste pulled from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania as an asset, although some residents disagree.

The waste includes cuttings and mud produced by energy companies boring through the Marcellus south of the Chemung County border. Because it's regulated as solid waste, drill operators pay to get rid of it, and officials managing the Chemung County Landfill welcome it as a revenue source.

The relationship raises more questions of how Marcellus waste -- which tends to contain radioactive particles and heavy metals -- will be regulated and handled as multinational energy companies begin full-scale development of the massive natural gas reserve stretching throughout Appalachia and parts of New York. More...

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

The drill material and waste water coming from the Marcellus gas wells, is described by Dr. Peter Davis of Cornell University as being "highly radioactive", and he feels it should be treated as highly radio active waste material and only go to a radioactive waste dump.

But us "locals" don't seem to be afraid of a large amount of radioactive waste just laying around our area! Piles of mud and the radioactive water in all our creeks and ponds!

Here comes a surge in deadly cancers!

Why is nobody worried about the radioactive byproducts of Marcellus drilling?

Anonymous said...

Radioactive?
So is concrete,but I don't plan on tearing out my sidewalks,driveway,or foundation any time soon!
Just try not to eat the stuff or take a mud bath in it!