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I am a passionate advocate for the environment and nuclear energy. With the threat of climate change, I’ve embarked on a mission to help overcome the fears of nuclear energy. I’ve been active in...

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"When Patrick Keegan set out to clean up some old oilfield land he owned in Lincoln County, he wanted the site tested for radiation.

An Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality technician found increased levels of gamma radiation near one old wellhead, 30 to 90 times greater than normal background radiation. The state's response to the presence of radiation at the site has been, in Keegan's eyes, unsatisfactory.

The dangers of this type and level of radiation are unclear, but there is some research indicating it could expose humans and the rest of the environment."

TENORM: Oil and Gas Production Wastes

"In recent years, oil and gas producers have employed new methods that combine horizontal drilling with enhanced stimulation. These new methods, known as "fracking," have changed the profile of oil and gas wastes - both in terms of radioactivity and volumes produced. The geologic formations that contain oil and gas deposits also contain naturally-occurring radionuclides, which are referred to as Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM):

  • Uranium and its decay products.
  • Thorium and decay products.
  • Radium and decay products.
  • Potassium-40.
  • Lead-210/Polonium-210."


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