‘Nuclear waste could one day be disposed of by injecting it into fracking boreholes in the Earth, at least if one scientist’s idea takes hold.
The method, presented here Monday at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, would mix nuclear waste with other heavy materials, and inject it a few miles below the Earth’s surface into drilled holes. The key is that, unlike fluids used in most hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the nuclear slurry would be heavier than the rock in which it is injected.
“It’s basic physics here — if it’s heavier than rock, the fracture will propagate down,” said study co-author Leonid Germanovich, a physicist and civil and environmental engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In theory, then, the nuclear waste would inch downward, going deeper into the Earth over time.’
Texas Fracking Bonanza: How Arlington Fell to the Frackers
‘Fort Worth was the first major city in America to allow extensive fracking within the city limits — but it wasn’t the last. Arlington, Texas, fell to the frackers next — only this time, the frackers were required to make their installations less of an eyesore.
Berms were built up around fracking sites and compressor centers to hide them from view, and active drill sites have temporary walls built up around them to keep the noise down. But walls don’t stop chemical seepage.’
Anti-fracking protesters clash with police at drilling site near Manchester
‘Anti-fracking protesters clashed with police on Friday in demonstrations against shale gas drilling in Greater Manchester and against an application made for the first new well site since the South Downs national park was established.
There were scuffles between police and protesters at the IGas Barton Moss exploratory drilling site near Manchester. IGas, an independent oil and gas company, insisted the wider public was beginning to understand the benefits of shale.
“We support a right to protest but what we are finding now is that the debate on both sides is becoming much more informed. There will be always those opposed to any kind of fossil fuels but many people are beginning to realise that locally produced gas is a transition fuel that can live alongside and not replace renewables,” said Andrew Austin, the chief executive of IGas.’
More from Barton Moss: Greater Manchester Police break disabled man's leg
‘Just after an 82 year old lady was removed against her wishes to peacefully protest, police move in to snatch a pregnant lady, barging a disabled man over into a ditch in the process, breaking his knee.’
Why Oil Companies Want to Drop Acid in California
‘No, it’s not the brown acid passed around at a 1960s rock concerts. Hydrofluoric acid is the most dangerous chemical you’ve never heard of, and it’s being trucked around California’s back roads and injected into oil wells, with virtually no oversight.
How bad is it? HF acid is extremely toxic; it can immediately and permanently damage lungs if inhaled, and a spill on skin is easily absorbed deep into the body’s tissues and changes bone calcium atoms to fluorine atoms.
Oh, and it corrodes glass, steel, and rock. This makes it attractive to the state’s oil drillers. They’ve been injecting it underground for years in highly diluted quantities to get out the last dregs of oil from a nearly depleted well. Now, they’re finding that injections in stronger concentrations (they’re tight-lipped about how strong) dissolves oil-bearing shale.’