Radioactivity and Shale Gas:
Some Like It Hot?
December 1, 2010 by David Lewis - HERE
"The shale deposits that have the US gas industry so excited were studied after WWII by the Atomic Energy Commission and declared to be the largest uranium resource in the US."
"It is in the interest of the gas industry and those scouring the US for new places for them to drill to ignore or minimize the existence of uranium."
“'RADIOACTIVITY = ORGANIC RICHNESS = GAS
Organic-rich shales have higher radioactivity responses than typical shales because the organic matter tends to concentrate uranium ions that otherwise would be scattered throughout the sediment.... ...higher-than normal gamma-ray response also equates to gas-production potential. The correlation might not be 100 percent, but it is very high. This is a very important concept for those looking to produce shale gas. Many companies would look for places where the entire formation is thick, but they should actually be looking for where it is most rich in organic matter.'”
"In other words, companies are being advised to look for shale that is the most radioactive if they want to find shale with the most gas."
"The shale formations they want to find gas in can have as much as 250 ppm U238. If they have that much they are 80 times as radioactive as “normal average”, good old red blooded American conventional gas."
"80 times the radioactivity of normal average gas is going to expose consumers to 1,200 times the radiation dose they’d get if they lived right next door to an operating nuclear reactor."
ProPublica - HERE
James Northrup - HERE
Bradford Today - HERE
Investigation Finds Radiation in Texas Drinking Water
Texas Observer - HERE