Rolling Stone magazine has published an expose of the irresponsible disposal of radioactivity material from fracking wells. It is a scandal and a shame, and can be attributed to the intentional blindness of regulators in local, state and federal agencies. Responsible management of this radioactive waste would impose significant cost to the producers- costs that now are borne by the people who live near the well. We must pay for this ‘externality’ in the present. Listen in.
The reading list
- Rolling Stone on radioactive fracking brine
- Why wastewater is radioactive
- DeSmogBlog on casing blowouts, with a nice graphic explaining the fracking process
Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.
Thanks for listening.