Unfortunately the truth that Pennsylvania's waters and drinking water have never been and are not now contaminated with radionuclides has not caught up with the misinformation that they allegedly were. Indeed Democracy For America was recently sending mass fundraising emails warning the recipients that gas drilling was causing radiation contamination of drinking waters.
Yet, there are now 4 sets of test results proving false the sensational premise of the February 27th NYT story that PA drinking waters were possibly contaminated with radionuclides as a result of gas drilling.
Testing has been done by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania American Water Company, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, and a group of 14 drinking water suppliers that PA DEP directed to test.
This blog has been tracking the results and reporting them as they become available. See the following postings for details:
1. PA DEP testing: http://johnhanger.blogspot.com/2011/03/dep-radioactive-material-test-results.html.
2. Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (doing monthly testing for a year): http://johnhanger.blogspot.com/2011/05/pittsburgh-water-and-sewer-authority_30.html.
3. Pennsylvania American Water Company: http://johnhanger.blogspot.com/2011/05/pawc-releases-tests-proving-water-is.html.
4. List of 14 drinking water suppliers conducting tests: http://johnhanger.blogspot.com/2011/06/list-of-drinking-water-suppliers-doing.html.