14 Jan '12, 9pm

Radionuclides Tied To Shale Gas Fracking Can't Be Ignored As Possible Health Hazard

Radionuclides Tied To Shale Gas Fracking Can't Be Ignored As Possible Health Hazard

In the Marcellus Shale region, the particular nuclide in question is Radium-226. Radium comes from uranium, which naturally exists in the shale-rich geology of the northern Appalachian Basin. In fact, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation , "The Marcellus is known to contain concentrations of [naturally occurring radioactive materials] such as uranium-238 and radium-226 at higher levels than surrounding rock formations." Other studies [PDF ] show that the particular levels of radiation in the Marcellus Shale are up to 20x higher than background levels. While uranium is quite insoluble, radium is not. It preferably binds to water, which is particularly worrisome if it leaks into groundwater or contaminates any of the millions of gallons of water used in the fracking process. Normally a person's skin serves as a protective barrier against n...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/radionuclides-tied-shale-gas-fr...

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