Pam Lacey Pennsylvania Testing Downstream of Natural Gas Drilling Shows No Increase in Stream Radioactivity

Did you see this announcement from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection? The DEP announced the results of in-stream water quality monitoring they have been conducting to track the impact of natural gas development in the Marcellus shale.  The tests conducted in November and December of 2010 downstream of wastewater treatment plants that accept flowback and production water from Marcellus Shale drilling demonstrate that the drilling activity is not resulting in an increase in radioactivity as some have claimed.  “We deal in facts based on sound science,” said DEP acting Secretary Michael Krancer. “Here are the facts: all samples were at or below background levels of radioactivity; and all samples showed levels below the federal drinking water standard for Radium 226 and 228.”   That’s refreshing.

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