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Radioactive water from fracking found in Pennsylvania streams

This week, scientists from Duke University published evidence that dangerous levels of radioactive water from natural gas drilling operations is being released into streams that feed into the water supply of western Pennsylvania cities, including Pittsburgh. The study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found radium levels 200 times higher than normal in water downstream from the Josephine Brine Treatment Facility, which processes waste water from natural gas fracking operations. In addition to the radioactive radium, the water also contained bromide, which can create cancer-causing compounds when combined with chemicals used to treat water.

Ninety-eight percent of cave-hibernating bats have died in Pennsylvania, say biologists

They serve a critical role in pollinating crops, killing insects, and fertilizing soil, but their presence throughout the state of Pennsylvania is in a disastrously serious decline. According to a new report by, 99.99 percent of bats living in Pennsylvania's second largest bat habitat were recently discovered to be dead, and a cohort of biologists currently studying the issue estimates that a shocking 98 percent of bats living throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania are now dead as well.


Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. Pennsylvania is the first state of the fifty United States to list their web site URL on a license plate.
  2. In 1909 the first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh.
  3. Hershey is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States.
  4. In 1913 the first automobile service station opened in Pittsburgh.