And yet another installment of: “Is it just me, or is this a stunningly stupid idea?”

Steubenville, Ohio’s Herald-Star reported today:

Despite concerns associated with nearby seismic activity, officials do not foresee any problems with Chesapeake Energy’s plans to frack within 1 mile of the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station.

The article contained a number of incidents that suggest that there is a connection between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and increased seismic activity:

After a swarm of small earthquakes hit north-central Arkansas near a formation called the Fayetteville shale last year, the state issued a temporary moratorium last year on new injection wells. The state found that three wells were operating near an unknown fault and were likely contributing to earthquakes. State officials shut those wells and banned future ones near the fault.

The story also reported:

In April 2010, a 3.4-magnitude earthquake hit Braxton County, W.Va. In a span of several months, the area was hit by five more such quakes. The quakes were small – about a 2.7 magnitude – but large enough to catch the attention of state officials.

Wastewater from fracking is also a problem:

…Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials said that the injection of gas-drilling wastewater into a brine disposal well near Youngstown almost certainly induced a dozen small earthquakes last year. To help prevent future problems at other injection wells, state regulators now require well operators to follow more comprehensive safety plans.

Fracking can also release naturally occurring radioactive materials from the ground:

…some research shows that fracking can release radioactive radium and uranium from the ground. Radium that is swallowed or inhaled can accumulate in a person’s bones. Long-term exposure increases the risk of developing several diseases, such as lymphoma, bone cancer and diseases that affect the formation of blood, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Here’s a link to the article: http://www.hsconnect.com/page/content.detail/id/579683/Fracking–set-within–1-mile-of–nuke-plant.html?nav=5010

 

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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