Recently an article in a Pennsylvania newspaper credited New York City with knowing a very interesting ‘fact’… and apparently that ‘fact’ warrants attention on both sides of the NY/PA border.
New York City has one thing right: We are what we eat and drink, and the water used in Marcellus Shale gas drilling is not sounding very appetizing.
In a startling finding this week, radioactive material was discovered in the wastewater samples analyzed by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
More testing is sure to follow, but the announcement has New Yorkers on edge and should have Pennsylvanians looking closer, too.
The Marcellus Shale gas drilling process is extremely water intensive. Millions of gallons of water are run through the shale. The resulting wastewater is then treated and discharged, mostly back into public waterways. ( source )
So whether you live in the area affected by the wastewater mentioned in the article or you live pretty much… anywhere that wastewater could possibly enter your drinking water or well water supply, routine testing of your water makes sense.