As the first anniversary approaches of the NYT Sunday, February 27, 2011 front page article warning that Pennsylvania's drinking waters were being contaminated by radiation from drilling wastewater, the Associated Press reported that Pennsylvania's drinking waters are not glowing.
The AP writes: "Additional water testing over the last year also appears to have put to rest concerns that radioactivity from the drilling waste could contaminate drinking water...States said his agency [Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority] 'looked real hard' at the radioactivity issue, but didn't find a problem in western Pennsylvania rivers...Sunday, the DEP spokesman, said the state's water quality monitoring network shows normal, background levels of radioactivity. 'Monitoring at the public water supply intakes across the state showed non-detectable levels of radiation; in the two cases that detected any level, the levels were at background', he added." fuelfix.com/blog/2012/02/20/marcellus-shale-gas-drillers-recycling-more-waste/.
The NYT story was dramatic and false. The AP story is factual and true. Which one will have the bigger impact?