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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Energy in Depth Responds to Newest Duke Study

We posted yesterday about the latest study from Duke University in its ongoing efforts to scientifically condemn fracking.  Here is a sampling of the response to the study from industry site Energy in Depth:
FACT 4: Radium levels were below established thresholds.
The report found:
“The total activity of radium (i.e., 226Ra + 228Ra) in wastewater effluent (226Ra = 0.11 to 0.19 Bq/L and 228Ra = 0.04 to 0.13 Bq/L; SI Table S3) was well below the industrial discharge limit of 2.2 Bq/L (60 pCi/L in the U.S)” (p. D).
That’s a point that all the media hype left out and the Duke researchers didn’t bother to comment on.  After all the talk of high levels of radiation, clearly designed to secure headlines (like all good Park-funded studies; see more on that below), it turns out that radium levels were below established thresholds.
Read the whole article, with 4 more points about the study, here.

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