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Duke Study: Rivers Contaminated With Radium and Lead From Thousands of Fracking Wastewater Spills

DeSmogBlogMay. 09, 2016 08:44AM ESTPOPULAR

Thousands of oil and gas industrywastewaterspills in North Dakota have caused “widespread” contamination from radioactive materials, heavy metals and corrosive salts, putting the health of people and wildlife at risk, researchers from Duke University concluded in a newly released peer-reviewedstudy.

Bakken Oil and Gas in Williston, North Dakota on the Missouri River. Photo Credit: EcoFlight

Some rivers and streams in North Dakota now carry levels of radioactive and toxic materials higher than federal drinking water standards as a result of wastewater spills, the scientists found after testing near spills. Many cities and towns draw their drinking water from rivers and streams, though federal law generally requires drinking water to be treated before it reaches peoples’ homes and the scientists did not test tap…

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By Nika Knight, Thanks to Anti Media (COMMONDREAMS) After learning that they would be excluded from an official state of emergency declared in the wake of two catastrophic oil spills in the Peruvian Amazon, members of the Wampis community of Mayuriaga stopped a helicopter from taking off late Sunday evening and held 8 officials hostage […]

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According to a recent U.N. global assessment report, up to one million (that’s 1,000,000!) species are now in danger of extinction, thanks largely to human actions

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[Note for TomDispatch Readers:On Friday, September 20th, three days before a U.N. climate summit, there will be school strikes across the U.S. of the sort launched by the young Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg. Adults have been urged to offer their support. This aging adult will certainly be at theNew York versionof such events, including a rally to be addressed by Thunberg herself. I urge otherTomDispatchreaders to think about doing the same. Tom]

On the Precipice
The Collective Asteroid of Human History
ByTom Engelhardt

Worlds end. Every day. We all die sooner or later. When you get tomy age, it’s a subject that can’t help but be on your mind.

What’s unusual is this: it’s not just increasingly ancient folks like me who should be thinking such thoughts anymore. After all, worlds of a far larger…

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