Friends of the Richelieu. A river. A passion.

"Tout cedit pays est fort uny, remply de forests, vignes & noyers. Aucuns Chrestiens n'estoient encores parvenus jusques en cedit lieu, que nous, qui eusmes assez de peine à monter le riviere à la rame. " Samuel de Champlain

"All this region is very level and full of forests, vines and butternut trees. No Christian has ever visited this land and we had all the misery of the world trying to paddle the river upstream." Samuel de Champlain

Monday, April 19, 2010

Les cadeaux radioactifs du gaz naturel


L'état de New York n'a pas décidé de permettre le forage pour extraire du gaz naturel jusqu'à date. Mais un de ses dépotoirs reçoit déjà des rejets radioactifs de forage venant de la Pennsylvanie et lundi le 12 avril 2010, on prévoit permettre au dépotoir d'en recevoir 3 fois plus!

L'état de New York n'a jamais fait analyser les déchêts toxiques par un parti indépendant. Le dépotoir se trouve près de la rivière Chemung et les citoyens comme les ONG environnementaux craignent une contamination de l'environnement. La compagnie qui gère le dépotoir se fait rassurante: l'eau souterraine est analysée régulièrement et n'a trouvé aucune contamination. Le gérant régional affirme: " Ce n'est par de la radioactivité dangereuse."

La compagnie qui gère le dépotoir qui reçoit les déchêts de forage radioactifs a commandé une étude indépendante pour vérifier si il y a du ruissellement et va avoir les résultats d'ici 2 semaines.

Si vous doutez de la radioactivité des eaux usées du forage, lisez cet article dans la revue Scientific American:

Un article dans un quotidien en ligne donne les premiers résultats de tests de radioactivité d'eaux usées provenant de la formation géologique Marcellus (déc. 2009):
"Gas Drilling Waste Comes to New York

New York State has not allowed natural gas drilling yet. But radioactive waste from the industry is being dumped in the Southern Tier. Action News reporter Reed Buterbaugh takes us to Chemung County where neighbors are outraged.

Up to 2,000 tons a week of waste from natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania is deposited at the Chemung County landfill in New York. "People have got to wake up. I have grandchildren that I'm concerned with about what's happening to the water in my area," said Linda Stevens of Lowman. "Why does Chemung County want stuff that Pennsylvania doesn't want?" said Irvin Mauer from the Town of Veteran.

On Monday, the county legislature is expected to allow Casella Waste, which operates the site, to triple its intake.

Environmental groups held this rally to protest taking in the out of state waste. "They've never investigated the nature of the cuttings themselves," said Jack Ossont, from the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes.

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation is deliberating on whether to allow gas drilling into the Marcellus Shale.

"A lot of activists around this issue were assuming the importation of waste would wait until that is finally issued," said Ossont. "If we start dumping radioactive waste in an area near the river and it leaks into the river it's going to affect the whole ecosystem," said Earl Robinson, Vice President for Residents for Preservation.

The landfill's operators say that it's secure and that any run off into the Chemung River is not a possibility. They add that the increased workload at the site was part of the original plans. "We test groundwater constantly here and there's no contamination," said Larry Shilling, District Manager for Casella Waste. "This is not harmfully radioactive." Casella commissioned an independent study to examine if runoff was occurring. It will release the results in the next two weeks.

The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes is trying to sway Chemung County legislators to vote against the measure Monday. If they're unsuccessful, it plans on taking legal action against the county to stop it from importing natural gas waste.""

Excerpts from article published by WBNG News here:

Scientific American has a good article on radioactive wastewater coming from drilling:

In the Ithaca Journal (always a good source of information from the Marcellus shale formation), an article from December 2009 already gave impressive tests results of the radioactivity of wastewater coming from drilling in this geological formation:

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