“America’s Radioactive Secret”. Rolling Stone’s Damning Article on Oil and Gas Waste Features Warren County Anti-Brine Activist

Warren County resident Siri Lawson stands on a dirt road near her home in Farmington Township. Photo by Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services.

America’s Radioactive Secret

by Justin Nobel

Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. . .making workers sick and contaminating communities across America

In the summer of 2017, Siri Lawson noticed a group of Amish girls walking down the side of a dirt road near the horse farm where she lives with her husband in Farmington Township, Pennsylvania. The girls, dressed in aprons and blue bonnets, had taken off their shoes and were walking barefoot. Lawson was horrified. She knew the road had been freshly laced with brine.

Radioactive oil-and-gas waste is purposely spread on roadways around the country. The industry pawns off brine — offering it for free — on rural townships that use the salty solution as a winter de-icer and, in the summertime, as a dust tamper on unpaved roads.