Radioactive 'produced water' can not be treated. The only thing that can be done is to remove (reduce) the total dissolved solids (TDS), and petroleum by-products (diesel fuel) to within 'drinking water standards' before returning it to the water cycle. The benzene, toluene, lead, arsenic, acetone, mercury, etc., are merely diluted.
see: The Endocrine Disruption Exchange: Dr. Theo Colborn
*Note: it's NOT clean water anymore. It's simply within drinking water standards. That means that over the course of time, as more 'produced water' is treated and introduced back into the water cycle, the TDS, and petroleum products... along with the radioactivity that can not be removed, will have a 'cumulative effect' on our drinking water.
How stupid do people have to be to be willing to accept this? Don't we owe it to our children and grandchildren not to allow this to happen?
Being born and raised a city-dweller, I know what it is like to live with pollution and drinking water that tastes like sulfur and bleach, and air that smells like an exhaust pipe. That is exactly why I don't live there anymore!
There are many people who have moved to the Endless Mountain regions in recent years for the same reason.
Those of you who were born and raised here in a clean, pristine, pollution-free environment have absolutely no idea what you're in for.
Here's a good analogy. It's like the Grand Canyon. You could read about it, talk with people who have been there, look at pictures and videos, but unless you've stood on the edge and looked around, and down, you can't grasp the depth and magnitude of it. This is the same thing. If you haven't lived with it, you won't understand it.
Radiation, endocrine disruptors, known carcinogins, poison, etc. Has anyone actually stopped to think what the 'acceptable' level of these things are in your drinking water... or your children's and grandchildren's? After all, it's one thing to be willing to risk your own health and safety for a buck, but what about theirs? What right to you, we, or me, have to gamble with their health?
For me, the 'acceptable' level of these toxins in my children's water is zero, and I do not have the right to gamble with their health. On the contrary. It is my responsibility to safeguard their health, and their future. Just as it is yours.
So, before we make these kind of monumental choices we should all put our children's and grandchildren's faces on them and ask ourselves if this is worth the risks. Whoever thinks it is, I trust will be prepared to assume the responsibility... and the guilt.
We all know damned well the gas industry won't.
So, think with your head, and act with your heart... not your wallet.
Pittsburgh’s drinking water is radioactive, thanks to fracking.