Our city web site says….
*What is a Closed-Loop Mud System?
“This is a process where all cuttings that are created by the drilling of the new hole will be transported by truck off location to an approved disposal system. The cuttings are normally distributed on top of the ground & turned in by a tandem or disk like equipment. All of the disposal sites have been approved & monitored by the Railroad Commission. Cuttings are particles of formation obtained from a well during drilling operations. They are brought to the surface by circulating mud-laden fluid.”
Please read this (abstract) on TENORM or the full document here by two local scientists seeking to understand how radioactive the Barnett Shale is. Here is a document of the radiation results in the Marcellus Shale (in the northeast) of drilling related wastes. And here is a story where Ohio is facing radiation risks in running off of landfills.
The obvious risk to Seguin High School students and staff (and other AISD and MISD schools identified in this video) come to mind when I view that area on Google Earth. TCEQ replied to me that indeed some nearby “field application” is acknowledged on the Google Earth photos below. In following up with the RRC, I learned that no reporting is needed if the owners of the land or lease allow the adjacent “land farming” which is usually drilling mud to be “returned/reapplied”…think how dry our summers get and how hard the southerly winds can blow particulates off of this possible “mud farming” site that Seguin Highschool is DOWNWIND to.
Here are the AUTHORS’ BIOGRAPHIES from their document entitled….
“ANALYSIS OF RESERVE PIT SLUDGE FROM UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS HYDRAULIC FRACTURING AND DRILLING OPERATIONS FOR THE PRESENCE OF TECHNOLOGICALLY ENHANCED NATURALLY OCCURRING RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL (TENORM)”
ERNEST CROSBY was a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engin- eering with the University of Texas at Arlington for 28 years. He has 43 years consulting experience with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA).
ALISA RICH is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health where she teaches graduate level Toxicology and Human Health Risk Assessment.
RELATED>>>The blog following this one is about radioactive “socks” ….please see the Arlington video on the application of socks that filter frack sand.
There is also radioactive socks also called “rubbers” that filter frack water that have disposal issues with TENORM too.
There also is a link to another way that radiation from drilling gets TENORM into our environment/workers via scaleing on pipes and seals..read how this poor worker sandblasted for over 7 years without the benefit of proper inhalation protection equipment….sad sad sad!!@!!!!!