The New York Times is publishing
the first of a series of investigative pieces
on natural gas drilling:
THE WASTE PROBLEM - HERE
"While the existence of the toxic wastes has been reported, thousands of internal documents obtained by The New York Times from the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers show that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood.
"The documents reveal that the wastewater, which is sometimes hauled to sewage plants not designed to treat it and then discharged into rivers that supply drinking water, contains radioactivity at levels higher than previously known, and far higher than the level that federal regulators say is safe for these treatment plants to handle.
"Other documents and interviews show that many E.P.A. scientists are alarmed, warning that the drilling waste is a threat to drinking water in Pennsylvania. Their concern is based partly on a 2009 study, never made public, written by an E.P.A. consultant who concluded that some sewage treatment plants were incapable of removing certain drilling waste contaminants and were probably violating the law.
"The Times also found never-reported studies by the E.P.A. and a confidential study by the drilling industry that all concluded that radioactivity in drilling waste cannot be fully diluted in rivers and other waterways."
This outstanding report includes:
an abundance of previously unrevealed documents
a new video on drilling and air pollution
TOXIC CONTAMINATION IN PENNSYLVANIA
Interactive Map - HERE
Out of 149 wells mapped:
42 exceeded the federal drinking water standard for
4 exceeded the federal drinking water standard for
128 exceeded the federal drinking water standard for
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41 exceeded the federal drinking water standard for
It's no coincidence that this series begins on the same day as the Oscar ceremonies with Gasland competing for Best Documentary
and Mark Ruffalo for Best Actor.
A Documentary on Natural Gas Drilling
Ignites an Oscar ControversyTime Magazine Story - HERE
"THE WAR IS JUST HEATING UP"
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