Dr Alisa Rich of Wolf Eagle Environmental once told me that the gas coming into our homes isn’t pure methane….something we should be concerned about.
Removing your home OFF of natural gas appliances is a wise choice amid all the mining we are doing with fracking…it is one way to reduce your sleeping pill load. Back in 1995 I elected NOT to have my home connected to natural gas…never missed it!
Newsnextbd reported the connection to radon levels from local mining as a possible cause where excessive brain fluid made a town sleep for days….
The Barnett Shale experienced huge unnatural mining for natural gas in the last decade. Radon is said to have escaped from being liberated from its uranium shale homestead and travels up the wells….
The comments on the NY Times article “How to Extract Gas Responsibly” by Gudrun from Independence, NY deserves to be blogged….. “Shale rock contains uranium and is found by the Geiger counter ticking. Uranium produces radioactive radon gas which is likely also to be liberated from fracking along with the methane. Industry has not revealed the radon level at the wellhead getting a ride with the methane.”
I interviewed an industry guy once who told me that they USE uranium to detonate their perforation guns in the fracking method…
I also blogged about how our water is at risk in some parts of Texas for being heavy in uranium deposits….here is an video to sit through while your scroll your news…listen to one Kern county Texas person’s testimony about the RRC rubberstamping injection wells…in a known uranium contaminated area….
Does Tarrant County have a radon problem?
Per signalequities.com I selected three interesting tidbits of this NURE testing in the 1970’s…….
“In Texas, 17,726 samples of groundwater were collected during the NURE program. Funding for the program was discontinued before all 254 counties in Texas were sampled. Of those sampled, 84 counties had at least one groundwater sample with uranium concentrations above the MCL of 30 μg/liter. Presidio County had the most, with 57 out of 466 wells sampled (12%) having uranium concentrations above the drinking water standard
As previously mentioned, the NURE program identified 435 wells in Texas with naturally occurring uranium concentrations that did not meet the EPA drinking water standard. Figure 1 shows the locations of these wells. Wells with elevated uranium concentrations occur in three distinct geographical regions. One region is in West Texas, northwest of Big Bend National Park. The second region is in North Texas in the southeast portion of the panhandle.
Since the NURE testing was completed in the 1970s, thousands of new wells have been drilled, and because the public does not routinely analyze for uranium, there is a strong possibility that many more wells with elevated levels of uranium exist today”.
Here is a by-county link to find out (hint 83% of Tarrant county is under 2 pCi/L).
Contrast that to Butler county Pennsylvania where 51% is ABOVE 4 pCi/L and whoa thar’nellie…but still…is 2 pCi/L safe? This company link says “Radon Act 51 passed by Congress set the natural outdoor level of radon gas (0.4 pCi/L) as the target radon level for indoor radon levels. Unfortunately two-thirds of all homes exceed this level…. US EPA has set an action level of 4 pCi/L…….This does not imply that a level below 4.0 pCi/L is considered acceptable, as stated in the BEIR VI study. It is estimated that a reduction of radon levels to below 2 pCi/L nationwide would likely reduce the yearly lung cancer deaths attributed to radon by 50%. However, even with an action level of 2.0 pCi/L, the cancer risk presented by radon gas is still hundreds of times greater than the risks allowed for carcinogens in our food and water”.
This 2011 blogger spoke about his fathers research work and the Barnett Shale….
“Thus radon from Barnett shale sources could easily travel up a gas well from its Barnett Shale source, travel through local pipe lines, and get consumed in cooking in heating fires within a few hours. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Iowa research has shown that “cumulative radon exposure is a significant risk factor for lung cancer in women“. “Radon gas is thought to be responsible for 5,000 to 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States“. Thus radioactive radon gas, transported to North Texas homes, from Barnett Shale gas wells, almost next door, constitutes a significant danger to the health of North Texans. Needless to say, this problem is being ignored gas companies, the governments of Texas, and the United States.