I caught this only by keeping tabs on the nuclear power industry.. Yet what pops up? Something a bit fascinating from a blogger named AtomicRod
. Incidental to a post about the risks associated with some leaks at nuclear power plants he says:
The concentration of radioactive isotopes that can be released by drilling activities will vary depending on the composition of the formation; some locations have produced little radioactive material while others have had much higher doses because of the high concentration of uranium in the drilled rock. The Marcellus Shale formation will most likely be at the high end of the spectrum; that kind of shale contains enough uranium that it is possible to profitably mine for that material if the world market price for uranium is high enough. (emphasis added)
Which begs a question. Does that mean there may someday be uranium mining in Pennsylvania. The only hint of that comes from a 1950's USGS report reprinted here
though there has been recent serious talk of uranium mining in Virginia
, not too far to our south.