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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Colorado has Restrictions in Place to Prevent Radioactive Drinking Water

There is little possibility that gas drilling activities in Colorado will result in the kind of radioactive wastewater treatment problems reported to be plaguing gas drilling regions in the Northeast, say state officials.

That is because water produced by Colorado drilling activities is not dealt with in the same way as water produced by wells in the Marcellus Shale states, said two state agency directors.

“No produced water is treated in wastewater treatment plants,” said Dave Neslin, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the agency that regulates gas drilling activities.

While gas drilling in Colorado does produce some potentially radioactive water, Colorado has restrictions in place to prevent it from migrating into drinking water sources, said Steve Gunderson, director of the Colorado Water Quality Control Division.
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