Thursday, December 12, 2013

Using fracking shale to store low level nuclear wastes.

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New story out about using Shale-Fracking to store low-level nuclear wastes.

Happy to see more coverage of this.

Here's something that caught my eye back in July about this:
Been blogging about the use of DU in fracking for some time:
Also been tracking using fracking wells as waste disposal wells for some time:

US Waste quantities factoids:
  • 100 RR cars x100 tons per car = 10,000 tons per 1 mile train.
  • 700,000 tons of Depleted Uranium exist in storage in the US. (70 mile train)
  • Between 400M-8B tons of industrial wastes generated in the US per year. 
    (40,000 miles-800,000 miles).
  • Circumference of the earth = 25,000 miles
  • US industrial waste stream = 1.6-32 trips around the earth.
Here's a new graphic about the volume of chemicals used
to frack 8 wells in a 640 acre spacing unit (1 square mile)

Have a nice day!

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)


August Braun said...

Bill: I may be missing something, but: .5% = .005 (5 x 10 to the minus 3rd power
35.8 million tons = 35.8 x 10 to the 6th power x 2 x 10 to the 3rd power (1 ton) = 71.6 x 10 to the 9th power.
.5%(5 x 10 to the minus 3rd power) x 71.6 x 10 to the 9th power = 358 x 10 to the 6th power (358,000,000 lbs).
This is not 90 tons (180,000 lbs).

Bill Huston said...

Nice catch! I've corrected the graphic.

4.3M gal of water weighs 35.8M lbs of water, not tons. Also clarified about the percentage... I noticed that before but didn't think anyone would call me on it :)

Anyway-- as always, if you catch me in an error, always happy to fix it. I'm not perfect. Thanks.