Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Earthworks: Rolling Stone Article Links Oil & Gas Waste Radioactivity To Worker Cancers, Wastewater Trucks Operating Illegally

In response to a January 21 Rolling Stone article on the health and environmental effects of oil and gas drilling wastewater, Earthworks' Research and Policy Analyst Melissa Troutman issued this statement--
“The oil and gas industry has contaminated communities across the country with its radioactive waste, and the Rolling Stone investigation sheds light into two new damning instances in which industry puts human life at risk. 
“The oil and gas workers' cancer cases in Louisiana, which the Centers for Disease Control confirmed were caused by radioactivity on the job, are more than enough proof for elected officials to immediately remove special exemptions for oil and gas from hazardous waste laws across the U.S.  
“The major revelation that virtually every single oil and gas wastewater truck in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins is transporting potentially radioactive material through communities should be met with a halt to the transportation and disposal of wastewater to nonhazardous treatment facilities until it is proven nonhazardous.
“While many of the facts about the dangers of oil and gas waste have long been raised by advocates--Earthworks included--perhaps the radioactivity of this issue will compel elected officials to finally take the action necessary to ensure our communities’ safety.”
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[Posted: January 21, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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