Radioactive Chemicals in Fracking Wastewater Accumulate in Living Creatures

by Duane Nichols on January 22, 2015

From the Allegheny Front, Pittsburgh, PA

Fracking Wastewater is Radioactive and Can Become Dangerous

A new “explainer” from animator Josh Kurz and reporter Reid Frazier, Allegheny Front, Pittsburgh, PA

From the creative team that brought you our last video, “The Secret Life of Soot,” it’s an entirely new way to look at salty, dirty fracking waste water. Just why is fracking wastewater–or flowback–radioactive? And where does it end up? This animated explainer is entitled “Why Is Fracking Wastewater Radioactive?” by The Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier and Josh Kurz, of Tilapia Film, answers these questions thoughtfully and with humor. We think it’s “fracking amazing.”

>>>>> Summary — “If this slightly radioactive water is released into a stream, the radioactive elements like radium and strontium can accumulate in the tissues of living organisms. So as you move up the food chain, the little bit of radioactive material becomes a bigger and bigger problem.”

>>>>> See also …….

Lawsuit Challenges Radioactive Fracking Waste Facilities in Ohio” by Mike Ludwig, Truth-Out, December 1, 2014

Radioactive Drilling Wastes Rejected in PA Dumped in WV” from, May 29, 2014

Duke Study: Fracking Is Leaving Radioactive Pollution In Pennsylvania Rivers” by Harrison Jacobs, Business Insider, October 2013

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