Documentary: ‘#Fracking Hell: The Untold Story’

An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK’s Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centres including New York City, are the health consequences worth the economic gains?

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  1. The film did mention radium-226 a natural but very toxic radioisotope, but it never mentioned how much is in the rock and what fraction is leached by the fracking liquid. The problem I see is that as fracking liquid can vary so much it is possible that the radium fraction leached could vary greatly.

    I know that in Scotland oil well waste has to be checked for radioactivity before disposal, I think that this is a wise and reasonable precaution. I would like to know if it is true that in New York these checks are not required. I think if the radium content is nice and low then the waste can be processed with ease, while if it is high then something should be done to remove the radium from the liquid waste while solid waste should be disposed of with greater care if has radium in it.

    Radon is quite common in natural gas, it tends to get routed into the propane part of a oil / gas refinary becuase of the boiling point of radon is similar to that of propane. The amount of radon which the public will be exposed to via propane will depend on how long the propane is stored before use but it is important to be aware that pipes and other equipment can become contaminated with radioactivity formed from the radon.

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