A powerful exposé in the January 21 Rolling Stone magazine has found that wastewater from many oil and gas wells is dangerously radioactive. Nearby residents, the local environment, and especially oil and gas industry employees may be exposed to toxic levels of radiation—but most people are totally unaware.
On February 19, PSR hosted a webinar with Justin Nobel, the reporter whose two-year investigation culminated in these explosive revelations.
Mr. Nobel found, through hundreds of interviews with scientists, environmentalists, regulators, and workers, “a sweeping arc of [radioactive] contamination—oil-and-gas waste spilled, spread, and dumped across America…”
Radium is typically the most abundant radioactive substance in oil and gas wastewater, and it is so dangerous that it is subject to tight restrictions even at hazardous-waste sites. Yet today, radium-bearing wastewater, as Mr. Nobel writes, is
transported along America’s highways in unmarked trucks; handled by workers who are often misinformed and underprotected; leaked into waterways; and stored in dumps that are not equipped to contain the toxicity. [It] has even been used in commercial products sold at hardware stores and is spread on local roads as a de-icer.
Learn more about this shocking public health threat at our webinar:
“Radioactive Fracking Wastewater: A Chilling Threat to Health”
Featuring Justin Nobel, investigative journalist
Wednesday, February 19
8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern
Watch the recording below.