Fracking and radioactivity: It’s worse than you think


I built the foundation of my career as an environmental lawyer upon the issue of fighting the radioactivity that results from oil and gas production. It was the end of the 1980s, and workers and pipe-cleaning yard owners in the Gulf Coast oil patch were just learning that the water that’s produced in oil wells is laced with radium-226 and — highly concentrated as it builds up...

Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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