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12 Tons of Pennsylvania Radioactive Fracking Waste Dumped in West Virginia

Environment  (tags: fracking, fracking waste, fracking sludge, interstate transportation, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, loopholes, illegal, waste remains )

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As fracking of Pennsylvania shale increases, nearby states confront dumping of toxic fracking waste within their borders including radioactive fracking sludge. 12 tons dumped in West Virginia, to remain.

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Fiona O (565)
Monday June 2, 2014, 8:21 am
As the drilling rush proceeds at a fast pace in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale, nearby states have confronted a steady flow of toxic waste produced by the industry. One of Pennsylvania’s most active drilling companies, Range Resources, attempted on Tuesday to quietly ship tons of radioactive sludge, rejected by a local landfill, to one in nearby West Virginia where radioactivity rules are still pending. It was only stopped when local media reports brought the attempted dumping to light.

“We are still seeking information about what happened at the Pennsylvania landfill two months ago when the waste was rejected, and about the radiation test results the company received from the lab,” Kelly Gillenwater, a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which had tracked the waste after it was rejected by a Chartiers, PA landfill because it was too radioactive. “For now this is still under investigation.”

It’s one of a series of incidents involving the disposal of fracking’s radioactive waste. Collectively these incidents illustrate how a loophole for the oil and gas industry in federal hazardous waste laws has left state regulators struggling to prevent the industry from disposing its radioactive waste in dangerous ways.

Range Resource’s sludge, transported in two roll-off boxes (the type commonly seen on the backs of dumptrucks), was rejected by the Arden Landfill in Chartiers, PA, a small town west of Pittsburgh, on March 1 after it tripped radioactivity alarms. After returning the radioactive sludge to the wellsite for storage, the company hauled it on Tuesday to the Meadowfield landfill in Bridgeport, WV, an hour and a half drive south of Chartiers.


Monday June 2, 2014, 8:26 am
Oh HOW LOVELY. If your waste is getting rejected by landfills because it is too radioactive, maybe there's a bit of a problem, hmmm...? OHHHH these BASTARDS

Thanks for posting, Betsy!

Artur B (135)
Monday June 2, 2014, 8:41 am
Thank you Betsy

Lady Suki (446)
Monday June 2, 2014, 8:48 am
So West Virginia. I know you had that Free-DUMB Works accident and now this. I"m in PA. We have a scumbag for a Governor. Hopefully when he gets kicked out Tom Wolf won't be such a slob.

Lady Suki (446)
Monday June 2, 2014, 8:49 am
Meant to type sorry, not so.

Birgit W (160)
Monday June 2, 2014, 8:57 am
Thank you Betsy.

Michela M (3964)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:02 am


Anette S (22)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:09 am

Heidi Walderra (162)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:20 am
Noted and shared

Gene Jacobson (290)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:35 am
"Collectively these incidents illustrate how a loophole for the oil and gas industry in federal hazardous waste laws has left state regulators struggling to prevent the industry from disposing its radioactive waste in dangerous ways."

Well, what a surprise. A loophole in federal law that benefits the 1% at the expense of everyone else. The only real surprise is that we haven't managed to turn this entire country into a slag pile of radioactive waste. No worries though, I'm sure they're still looking for that loophole.

Ana MESNER (201)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:40 am
I have solution : pick up this trash and ship it to the original owner directly to his backyard.

Mitchell D (87)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:44 am
Gene, Michela, and Ana, I love your comments! Ship it to the bastard, indeed!
Fracking and greed, what a pair!

Barbara K (60)
Monday June 2, 2014, 10:06 am
Great idea, ship it to their yards, see how they like it, maybe some will even drip into their basements. Thanks, my friend.

Angelika R (143)
Monday June 2, 2014, 10:14 am
Not a single day or week without new horrific news how Americans are slowly being killed.
There we have the other good news finally about emissions from existing coal plants getting cut and some comments claim this could be done because of less dependency on coal "thanks to the environmentally friendly fracking". I am just speechless at WTF is going on! Can't help but agree with Gene's desparate sarcasm.
Thx Betsy, and how we wish you had some more pleasant news!

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Monday June 2, 2014, 10:31 am
The 1% sould be living among their own waste or nearest neighbor to it. It should be a law!

Mandi T (375)
Monday June 2, 2014, 10:54 am
oh my gosh, horrible.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Monday June 2, 2014, 10:54 am
How about fill a pool with it and let the oil executives take a dip.

Arielle S (313)
Monday June 2, 2014, 11:18 am
Good one Jamie - let's dunk them all and see if they still think dumping their crap is a good idea.

Frances Darcy (133)
Monday June 2, 2014, 11:21 am
I love Ana's idea..

Sheila D (194)
Monday June 2, 2014, 12:11 pm
One thing that nobody seems to concentrate on...this is fracking waste...RADIOACTIVE fracking waste. The toxic chemicals used by frackers has never been given, protected by more loopholes? Why have radioactive chemicals been allowed?

Radioactive chemicals seeping into the land, into our freshwater, into the wildlife...I thought anything radioactive was supposed to be better regulated! Another myth busted. Our goverment is so in the pockets of BO&G that they've allowed these cemicals to flow freely, unregulated.

Agree wholeheartedly with Arielle's, Jamie's and Ana's ideas...Give the crap back to them...ALL of them, including all of those government officials who have allowed this!

Waltraud U (85)
Monday June 2, 2014, 12:20 pm
In the easternsea ahead Germany & France there are tons of tons of warweapons .... and and and ....




Cathy Aronson (67)
Monday June 2, 2014, 12:23 pm
Radioactive sludge is rejected by the local landfill, so they dumped in one where the "rules are still pending"?
Last time I looked in the dictionary, "Radioactive" has the same meaning no matter how many times I looked it up. I guess the "rules still pending" means will West Virginia make enough of a profit from Range Resources, to allow all the dumping they want. Ahhh, Greed, such a great legislator!

Monday June 2, 2014, 12:27 pm
Noted. Thanks Betsy

Anne F (17)
Monday June 2, 2014, 12:54 pm
Big OIL and GAS is dangerous

Athena F (131)
Monday June 2, 2014, 1:00 pm

Yvonne White (229)
Monday June 2, 2014, 1:20 pm
One of the big problems is not Just fracking waste - good old "traditional" drilling produces radioactive residue as well...and the labor crews who drill these wells aren't told, most are young men . The old drilling rods & pipes are dumped where-ever they can get away with. Some are sand-blasted & re-used.. again, most people involved in the recycling are NOT aware of the radioactive residue in oilfield tanks, rods, & pipes. The oilfields around here used to use "salt-water" to raise the oil, and that was dumped in creeks all over Marion Co., IL. (not Legally, but the EPA doesn't check very often). So any problems were blamed on "salt-water"...yeah, right..;)

Kathleen R (138)
Monday June 2, 2014, 1:27 pm
Thanks for posting information. I needn't say more ... already excellent comments posted by so many.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 2, 2014, 1:31 pm
Buried under it's own burden of sludge you might 1 or 2 minor factoids in this article. More *Hot Topic Hysteria Headlines*.
Why doesn't anyone ever come to interview those of us who live and thrive right on top of the Marcellus???

. (0)
Monday June 2, 2014, 1:47 pm
even though like ashley i live in pa i do not think it is right to take to another state. stop the fracking and get rid of our gov. go wolf. i voted for you

Dianna M (16)
Monday June 2, 2014, 2:02 pm
Dear West Virginia: Still think big government is the problem?

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday June 2, 2014, 2:14 pm
The "news" in this story is thar we are finally finding out what has been going on for years or decades. That is thanks to activists - no oil company would ever spill the beans voluntarily (the chemicals, yes; the beans, no). We know the execs don't want to be anywhere near it - you all did read that the CEO of Exxon Mobil has joined a class action suit against fracking near his home, right? But I really think West Virginia would have had enough crap of their own, what with fracking and mountaintop renewal mining. (It isn't exactly that they think big government is the problem - it's that they are terrified that if they vote against the corporations they will all lose their jobs and die.)

Sheryl G (363)
Monday June 2, 2014, 2:30 pm
According to article it would appear not just W. Virginia is involved. Per article it read:

The investigation found that over 100,000 tons of solid waste from Pennsylvania drilling wound up disposed in Ohio.

“It has the potential to leave a toxic legacy,” Alison Auciello of Food and Water Watch, an environmental advocacy organization, told Propublica, “that could turn much of Ohio into potential superfund sites.”

In any case, where the fracking is done is ruining the land and waters, then the leftovers get dumped into some other State and making that area a mess. If people haven't realized it, there will not be a safe place to live, and that time is quickly approaching. If you live near a pipeline expect breaks, a railroad track expect the trains to explode or spill out, other places who towns are being swallowed up by sinkholes, earthquakes now where there never were any.

I think Angelika stated it well......not a day goes by that doesn't have a story of how we are being killed. Yet as this is happening our war machine cranks on looking for the bogey man over there somewhere while it is right under our noses. Plus the more the war machine cranks out new weapons of war, we need more energy to do so, from energy to manufacture the weapons to more oil to fly those planes so on and so forth. We are a death machine to ourselves and others.

Freya H (357)
Monday June 2, 2014, 3:27 pm
Ugh! Ana, great idea - and to build on it, let's gather up the [bleep]s responsible for this and shove some of that waste where shineth not the sun. Just one of umpteen reasons to go for clean, renewable energy!

Sheila D (194)
Monday June 2, 2014, 3:45 pm
Building on Joanne's comment...these same voters need to realize that voting for the Corps still means they're going to die...just quicker and from far nastier things.

Marianne R (95)
Monday June 2, 2014, 4:02 pm
Noted - Love your comment, Ana

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday June 2, 2014, 4:09 pm
Waste Management is responsible for accepting it. A petition against Waste Management is needed. We need a federal law covering the disposal of radioactive drilling waste if one is not already in place.

Marie-Ange B (53)
Monday June 2, 2014, 4:11 pm

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday June 2, 2014, 4:19 pm
Great post--great comments.

Carmen S (611)
Monday June 2, 2014, 5:23 pm
Thanks Betsy, so sad that so many lives are put in danger just for profit.

Barry AWAY T (933)
Monday June 2, 2014, 5:56 pm
noted, thanks for the information.

I'd like to say I'm shocked but I'm not. Things have gotten to the point where there is nothing much that would surprise me anymore ... no low too low, no lie too big ...

Robert K (31)
Monday June 2, 2014, 6:02 pm
This is wrong, but you can't say WV didn't invite it with their support for coal. If they don't care....

Robert K (31)
Monday June 2, 2014, 6:04 pm
I'd like to see a law requiring every corporate senior executive to live within 100 feet of their most polluted site. And to occupy that house at least 325 days a year.

Melanie Simon (0)
Monday June 2, 2014, 6:37 pm
This has got to stop

B Lewenza (76)
Monday June 2, 2014, 7:31 pm
Noted OMDG What a mess 12 times over the normal level of radiation it is more like 25 to 30 times higher then the normal. Do the math on it radiation levels of 212 millirems (normal background radiation in the area is roughly 7 to 8 millirems). West Virginia officials said the sludge that’s been dumped in Meadowfield will be allowed to stay. I sure would not want to be in the area that's for sure. God help them. Sad

JOSE Honr (0)
Monday June 2, 2014, 7:54 pm
Too bad.

Kay M (46)
Monday June 2, 2014, 8:48 pm

Carrie B (306)
Monday June 2, 2014, 8:57 pm
OMG! I can not believe all this is really happening. It seems the more we know ~ the less anyone cares!

Ben B (20)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:05 pm
Signed & noted, thanks Cal for posting.

Ben B (20)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:06 pm
Whoops, ... my mistake, the above should of course read:

"..., thanks Betsy for posting." !

Monday June 2, 2014, 9:07 pm
wow omg

Monday June 2, 2014, 9:07 pm
great article

Charlene Rush (79)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:10 pm
I hope West Virginia doesn't mind.

Carol H (40)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:18 pm
*Sigh* I can say I'm not surprised. The steamroller of toxic waste being dumped everywhere, how depressing. Hey Pennsylvania, want to frack? Keep that crap in your own state. West Virginians have been sold out. The whole planet will soon be poisoned. Why in God's name is radioactive stuff being used to frack? Are there no intelligent beings left at the helm to realize this is unhealthy and/or deadly? Oh it's ok, because it's not in THEIR backyards! I absolutely hate this fracking business with all my heart and soul.

Krista Slavin (195)
Monday June 2, 2014, 9:58 pm
Hey! I thought they had us all believe that sludge wasn't toxic. (sarcasm)

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Monday June 2, 2014, 10:58 pm
Pretty scary business, and we have no control over what is really going on, and how we are slowly but surely getting poisoned. I am sure things like this are also going on in Israel but on a much smaller scale. Thanks Betsy.

Katie and Bill D (107)
Monday June 2, 2014, 10:58 pm
And how much has been trucked there over the year's in the southern state's and just DUMPED?!
Thank you

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Monday June 2, 2014, 11:58 pm
Lovely neighbours! Thanks Betsy.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 12:23 am
Noted, Thanks for sharing

Joy T (443)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 2:21 am

Steven G (25)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 2:25 am
Weather warfare (chemtrails), GMOs, vaccines, microwave technology, never ending wars and of course radiation from many sources. One gets the feeling that the world's population is being reduced, at least by 90% if one were to research the "Georgia Guide Stones."

Dr. Busby said that they're just disposing old nuclear warheads, that they have a lot of decommissioning of nuclear weapons to do with very large amounts of enriched uranium in those nukes.

Helen Coldicott calls Fukushima an "extinction event."

Now, no more than 3 miles from where I live (Barstow, CA), it was recently discovered at the water well of Ms. B.... just before the (location omitted per request), uranium was discovered at concentration of 35 pCi/L, whereas the Cal State Maximum Threshold is 20 pCi/L.. Now we're talking about a 25 mile (radius) exclusion zone here. Anyways, suspicion falls on Warren (no relation to Jimmy) Buffett / BNSF Railway or possibly even PG&E is involved. I really want to move. It's not just the radiation but PG&E's remediation program in Hinkley is a failure as there is still hexavalent chromium 6 and 37 other toxic chemicals and heavy metals in the water.

I don't know but it seems to me that they could be dumping radioactive waste all over this country. So I figure, just keep an ear towards reported birth defects.

A recent article from Veterans Today... (Yes! World Trade Center was nuked)
“Nuke cancer” from 9/11 revealed
A new and terrifying 9/11 conspiracy has hit the news. We are now confronted, not only with startling proof that 9/11 was a “nuclear event,” but that there have been thousands of unreported deaths in New York, radiation cancers and nearly 70,000 being kept alive with experimental stem cell therapy and physically devastating “chemo.”

mary f (202)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 3:46 am
unbelievable! what are those idiots doing to the only home we have?

John Holton (344)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 5:26 am

Michael Masley (4)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 5:38 am
Noted and shared into FB groups.

Betty Kowall (304)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 5:41 am
This is shameful. Fracking must be stopped!

Winn A (179)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 6:53 am

Rehana V (0)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 7:33 am

Steven G (25)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 2:05 pm
There is a name that figures predominately at the top of the pyramid of evil intent, as noted on the US dollar bill, (the all-seeing eye.)

So, who is profiting from the global uranium nightmare? In The Enemy Within (1996) Jay Gould reveals that the British Royal family privately owns investments in uranium holdings worth over $6 billion through Rio Tinto Mines, an Anglo-Australian company, which is the world’s largest mining company with more than 60 operations in 40 countries. Africa and Australia are two of the main sources of uranium in the world; but it is the Rothschilds who control uranium supplies and prices globally.

Jo S (619)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 2:10 pm
Noted & Shared. Everyday I read about how we are killing ourselves & our planet, not to mention the future of every living thing to inherit. Just makes me sick!
Thank you so much Betsy!

Jo S (619)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 2:14 pm
Noted & Shared. Everyday I read about how we are killing ourselves & our planet, not to mention the future of every living thing to inherit. Just makes me sick!
Thank you so much Betsy!

Kathleen M (224)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 2:39 pm
Noted. Great article, Thx, Betsy! And thanks to commentators. I agree with those that wish to Retun Crap to Sender, and Freya, your comment is priceless! The situation screams for regulation at the Federal level, for all the good that would do. (sigh)

Fiona O (565)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 3:14 pm
I must tell everyone thank you for all of the comments, notes and forwards. In the interest of full disclosure, I also must reveal that of the 63 articles I have posted to Care 2 News this one is my favorite.

In 1991, living on a Golf Course in Sarasota, Florida, with too many luxuries and my too rich, second husband, being all too busy with my art gallery for student's work across from Ringling School of Art and Design, I got a hankering to walk back into the natural life of my protesting hippie heart....and I did. I nailed my protest to my soon to be ex husband on the front door (I am a longer time admirer of Martin Luther), put all of my credit cards on the dashboard of my Jaguar XJ12 convertible, packed a tent and hitchhiked to Vermont. I was going to a national gathering of the Rainbow Family in Vermont.

And then in Charles Town, West Virginia, I caught a ride with one of the loves of my life. He told me that he would love me for the rest of my life if after the Rainbow Gathering, if I would live with him in his tent in West Virginia as long as we needed to be there. It seemed like a good arrangement though I had never seen the tent or its location in West Virginia. We went to the Rainbow Family Gathering and had a great time. Then we went back to West Virginia.

The tent was one of about two hundred tents placed on top of a hazardous medical waste dump. The waste was from hospitals that did radiation treatments and bone scans ....that kind of thing. The large dome shaped dump was a complex but leaking landfill for hazardous radio active medical waste.....from New Jersey.

Then, I was told that the purpose of our protest and living on the dome of hazardous radio active medical waste was to get local and national attention just by being there. OK....might be unhealthy but did not sound strenuous or confrontational and I liked everyone else camped there.

And sure enough....once the presence of this dangerous dumping ground was known by our protest calling it to local and national attention, things started to happen.

At the bottom of the landfill was a little creek that part of the headwaters of the Potomac River.....the one that flows by our nation's capital, Washington DC. And when some of those people in Washington learned what they had upstream......the whole place was cleaned up like unto a miracle.

Never doubt that the politicians, government officials, and heads of industries will take care of themselves. I saw that proved at the closing and cleaning up of that hazardous dump then and I have seen the same thing happen several times since then.



Ed Site Issues V (198)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 7:08 am
S&N, Thanks

kate K (481)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 8:04 am
Thank you for sharing Betsy

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 10:43 pm
Noted. containing radioactive and other waste is a part of the answer to this mess -- from the article.
What other way is better -- than to avoid making the mess in the first place.

Sherri G (128)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 12:39 am
The President hasn't helped the environment or climate change until he bans tracking. Methane is exponentially worse for the environment than coal. Then of course add to that the hazardous waste and pollution of our drinking water. Then we have only a 30% of voters voting in this election? Geoengineering, HAARP and microwave weaponry and lasers are being used everyday in this country. Go to Raytheon, Lockheed, the Air Force web sites and you can see for yourself. Microwaves are being used without any regulation or controls. Climate Change has escalated because our military thought they could control the weather oooooops sorry now they have screwed up everything. Microwave weaponry is beyond anything the average person know about or understands. Our media is controlled and we are allowed to know about whatever they decide the masses should know about. Oh and did I mention on a 30% voter turn out? TY Betsy and all the excellent comments. Noted

Sherri G (128)
Thursday June 5, 2014, 12:48 am
Sorry but the spell checker on Care2 loves to change "FRACKING" to tracking. The only way around it is to put it in quotes.

Betty Kelly (4)
Friday June 6, 2014, 12:02 pm
The Companies with tons of Fracking waste to dispose of have the attitude; "better somewhere else to have a problem than my land." If we don't STOP FRACKING we will all be poisoned.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Friday June 6, 2014, 7:18 pm
This is so wrong :(

Animae C (516)
Monday June 9, 2014, 12:57 am
Thank you bonnie for forwarding & Betsy for posting.

Charmaine C (177)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 12:45 am
Thank you for the information. Fracking is coming to the UK :(( God help us on this tiny island where more than 60 million people live.

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 5:27 am
I hear what you are saying Betsy. In the end it IS about us. We reap the benefits of the final products with our standard of living and so must also take responsibility for the outrageous that now seem commonplace in the production of energy. Thanks for posting this article.

Michael M (60)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 1:11 pm
Many may not be aware that there is a significant radioactive component to coal, as well.

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday September 8, 2015, 8:02 pm
It's all about profit with no regard for humans, animals and the environment
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