Secret Study: Radioactive material dumped into Gulf of Mexico — “Most toxic substances known to man”


The Oil and Gas Industry’s 800-Pound Gorilla: RADIATION, Stuart H. Smith Esq. blog, March 1, 2011:

... The NYT series launched Sunday (Feb. 27) with detailed accounts of radioactive wastewater, created by a Halliburton-developed extraction process called “fracking,” being dumped with impunity across the country. The article even included a “smoking gun” document, a “confidential industry study” from 1990 by none other than the American Petroleum Institute. The API’s secret study concluded that even with conservative assumptions, the radium in drilling wastewater dumped off the Louisiana coast posed “potentially significant risks” of cancer for anyone eating fish from those areas. I’m working on my own series of posts about this hazard in the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, it seems the regulators have taken steps to make sure no real regulating takes place despite laws on the books to prevent this disaster in the making. Remember, ounce for ounce, radioactive materials are the most toxic substances known to man. The current scientific consensus postulates that there is no known safe level of exposure to radioactive materials and that any exposure above background increases the risk of cancer. ...

Read another report by Stuart H. Smith here: New Threat to the Gulf: Radioactive Wastewater Dumped Off Louisiana Coast

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