Oil Fracking

Topics: Radioactive decay, Gamma ray, Radiation Pages: 2 (582 words) Published: May 6, 2013
To Mayor Patrick Quinn,

My name is Santiago Arellano, and I am a resident of Broomfield Colorado. I would like to present my opinion on the North Park Hydraulic Fracturing. Hydraulic Fracturing is a very ingenious way of removing oil from the deep Shale, which we have been unable to reach. This method, also known as Fracking, is also very small. It starts out with a drill rig and a holding tank for the first 3 months, but then once the well is dug, it looks like another oil drill, and will continue to draw oil from the ground for the next 20-30 years. Fracking involves the use of radioactive materials, explosives, and hazardous chemicals. I believe that, as Fracking becomes more popular, and less scrutinized, the watch over it will become less strict, and these materials will leak into groundwater, or into our rivers and lakes.

The process of Oil Fracking uses a water sand mix to open these fissures and hold them open, but in this water, radioactive tracers are inserted for the oil companies to trace the fissures. When this water is pumped out to allow the oil to come out, it is taken to a deep well and dumped into the earth. This wastewater, according to the Times Online, is 3, 609 times more radioactive than the federal limit for drinking water, and 300 times more radioactive than the Nuclear Regulatory Commission limit for Nuclear power plant discharges. This can have adverse health effects if ingested, or for those transporting it. A man named Randy Moyer, a 49-year-old truck driver from Pennsylvania, was a transporter of this wastewater from the drill site to the dumping well. In November 2011, he began to feel effects such as dizziness, blurry vision, swollen appendages, but the worst effect is a fiery rash that covers 50 percent of his body. No doctors have been able to diagnose him, because he is not sick with a normal sickness, he has radiation poisoning. The oil companies have not disclosed the radioactive tracers in this water, but these tracers...
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