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Levels of radon, a cancer-causing, radioactive gas, have been rising measurably in Pennsylvania since the controversial practice of fracking started there, researchers reported Thursday.
"We evaluated associations of radon concentrations with geology, water source, building characteristics, season, weather, community socioeconomic status, community type and unconventional natural gas development measures based on drilled and producing wells," they wrote in their study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
"The geologic rock layer on which the building sat was strongly associated with radon concentration," they added. That's been known — certain types of rock are more likely to contain the radioactive elements that break down into radon gas.
But they also noticed a trend over time. Depending on where in the homes the radon was measured, radon levels started inching up in either 2004 or 2006.
And the trend was linked with just how much unconventional drilling was going on. This includes horizontal mines and hydraulic fracturing or fracking.
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
a reply to: Chrisfishenstein
The study noted that the rise in Radon began at the same time as fracking increased. Coal mining had already been present in the state for decades and would not have been the cause for the sudden rise in Radon in 2004.
Index to the Coal Mines and Coal Companies which mined the Bituminous Coal seams of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania's bituminous coal fields lie at the northern end of the Appalachian coal fields, which extend from the Commonwealth to Alabama. Bituminous coal underlies more than 14,000 square miles and parts of thirty-three counties in western Pennsylvania.
originally posted by: SubTruth
a reply to: Chrisfishenstein
Coal has been around......The gases are rising now. Do you understand how fracking works. It will displace gasses and water.
The fracking industry had better make money now because eventually the blow back is going to be epic on this one. Lawsuits are going be filed daily.
Hydraulic fracturing began as an experiment in 1947, and the first commercially successful application followed in 1950
“It is true that 65 years ago this week [18th March-2014], Halliburton conducted the first commercially successful application of “Fracking"
originally posted by: Longshots
OMG! Op is right. Just look at this definition of "hydraulic": - denoting, relating to, or operated by a liquid moving in a confined space under pressure. My God! This stuff is going to move right up into our bedrooms because it is liquid being moved by pressure. Run for the hills!