Don’t Gamble With Our Health, Welfare

Editor, News-Register:

Open letter to Wheeling City Council and the Ohio County Health Department:

In light of the financial situation of Green Hunter, (“GreenHunter in dire straits after catastrophic Q2” – Global Water Intelligence – Water Industry News, Aug. 22, what assurances can a company with limited capital and meager long-term prospects possibly give that it can handle any accident involving fluids that require permanent sequestration?

You need to stop this plant from operating in Wheeling right away.

You already know it is too close to Wheeling’s water intake in the event of a spill when loading the material onto a barge. You already know the material can be radioactive with radium (Ra-226 plus Ra-228), much more potent and dangerous than radon. Radium 226 has a half-life of 1600 years, Radium 228 has a half-life of 5.75 years. (U.S. Geological Survey, “Radium Content of Oil- and Gas-Field Produced Waters in the Northern Appalachian Basin (USA)”, Scientific Investigations Report 20115135.

You already know the materials are highly acidic. You know the materials contain many highly toxic chemicals, both from the injection chemicals and from the shale itself.

If the material is stored on site, and the company becomes insolvent, who will pay for the cleanup?

At the very least, you need to require the company to post a bond equivalent to the cost of cleanup, before beginning operations.

Don’t gamble with our health and welfare.

Patricia Jacobson