Four year study to examine NORM in Mississippi wells

A move is under way in the U.S. to quantify human health risks, if any, from the radioactive constituents of the produced brines and brine by-products that are associated with produced oil and gas streams. Residents that live near producing sites in Mississippi and other states have sued several current and former operating companies for damages related to alleged increased health risks. The risks relate to production streams, pipe scale, and sludge that may contain naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM). A lack of data makes such cases difficult to defend. Researchers are compiling a database of the NORM content of produced brines and scale leachate. The database could be...

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