Monday, March 01, 2010

A whole new meaning to Energy-Burgh

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.


Blogger n'at said...

There does exist nonfissile shale deposits in western virginia, west virgina and Western and Central Pennsylvania. There is well documented existence of uranium mineralization of the Marcellus and proximate shale formations in New York, Eastern Pennsylvania and southern Virginia.

I thought we were to be Silicon Valley East due to our silica deposits? I guess all those proposals were never transferred from 5-1/4 floppies?

Monday, March 01, 2010 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous acethecat said...

Could not tell if you are pro uranium mining or not.

But, Virginia and the whole East Coast is full of uranium.

I am against uranium mining and nuclear power because both as a proven science causes cancers and polluates the land, air and water.

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Monday, March 01, 2010 1:00:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

nonfissile shale? Man, I really know little about geology. I take there is fissile shale as well. We are not going to have the IAEA combing the hills are we?

I was a bit surprised by this, then realizing the radon problem across the state it makes sense. I have no idea if the geology of it all is related.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010 8:03:00 AM  

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