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Duke Study: Rivers Contaminated With Radium and Lead From Thousands of Fracking Wastewater Spills

The sheer number of spills in the past several years is striking. All told, the Duke University researchers mapped out a total of more than 3,900 accidental spills of oil and gas wastewater in North Dakota alone.

Contamination remained at the oldest spill site tested, where roughly 300 barrels of wastewater were released in a spill four years before the team of researchers arrived to take samples, demonstrating that any cleanup efforts at the site had been insufficient.

“Unlike spilled oil, which starts to break down in soil, these spilled brines consist of inorganic chemicals, metals and salts that are resistant to biodegradation,” said Nancy Lauer, a Duke University PhD student who was lead author of the study, which was published in Environmental Science & Technology. “They don’t go away; they stay.”

“This has created a legacy of radioactivity at spill sites,” she said.

Source: Duke Study: Rivers Contaminated With Radium and Lead From Thousands of Fracking Wastewater Spills

Wow… this isn’t 1900… why all the spills?!  Because they’re barely regulated. Because they do not and never will regulate themselves.  Because the locals never say much (especially in the South) because they provide good paying jobs.  Ad Nauseum

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