Smart Planet: Fracking poses uranium contamination risk

Release Date: November 2, 2010


An article on Smart Planet reports researchers speaking today at the Geological Society of America meeting will be raising another concern to the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing: uranium contamination. The article notes that geologists from UB scanned shale surfaces taken from Pennsylvania and Western New York to create a chemical map of the rock, revealing that its uranium and hydrocarbons were located together. The article quotes Tracy Banks, assistant professor of geology. Articles on Greenwire and Gant Daily also interview Banks on the issue.

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