Fracking To Be Permited Near Nuclear Plant

Published: October 21st, 2012 at 4:12 pm ET
By ENENews
Title: Permit given for fracking near nuclear plant
Source: Herald Standard
Author: Rachel Morgan
Date: October 21, 2012

    Chesapeake Energy has a permit to frack just one mile from the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport. Whether that is cause for alarm, experts can’t say.

As the fracking continues, does anyone, driller or geologist, know what really lies beneath the surface? Does the improbability of seismic activity as a result of fracking become more likely as more wells are drilled?

“Our regulations do not speak to off-site wells,” [Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesperson Neil Sheehan] said. “Our focus is on on-site activities.”

In the past, seismic issues have been linked to injection wells, the accepted disposal system for wastewater generated from fracking. In 2011, a 4.0-magnitude earthquake was linked to activity at a Class II injection well in Youngstown, Ohio, operated by D&L Energy.

because fracking is a relatively new technique, there may be after effects or dangers that have not yet surfaced.

Richard Hammack, a Department of Energy scientist

“Hydraulic fracturing near a nuclear plant is probably not a concern under normal circumstance. If there is a pre-stress fault that you happen to lubricate there (with fracking solution), that is the only thing that might result in something that is (seismically) measurable.”

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