Wed, Apr 05|
Downstream Radioactivity: What on Earth is Coming out of the Pipes?
America’s fracking boom is roaring into its third decade and shows no sign of slowing. Industry’s promoters have assured this oil and gas extraction technique would be safe for communities. But at what cost?
Time & Location
Apr 05, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
About the event
America’s fracking boom is roaring into its third decade and shows no sign of slowing. Industry’s promoters have assured this oil and gas extraction technique would be safe for communities. “America will develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk,” President Barack Obama declared in his 2012 State of the Union Address. But has this really happened?
Inspired by a bombshell Truthdig article published this past January, “Growing List of Fracking Concerns Now Includes Radioactivity,” Truthdig is proud to present a unique webinar on one of the more overlooked aspects of oil and gas development — that radioactivity is brought to the surface with natural gas and oil production and travels through America’s natural gas pipeline and oil refining systems. Little-known industry documents suggest radioactivity is being released into the air and adjacent communities, at compressor stations, petrochemical plants and oil refineries. Now for the first time, teams of scientists and health experts are examining the issue and collecting data.
Downstream Radioactivity: What on Earth is Coming out of the Pipes? provides a unique opportunity for advocacy groups, legislators, government regulators, oil and gas industry workers, and residents and community members across the country to learn about this issue, the health concerns, the latest science, how some communities are fighting back and holding industry accountable and steps you can take to raise awareness in your own communities and among your own networks.