Many of the waste byproducts produced during the oil and gas extraction process are dangerous, toxic, and radioactive. These byproducts are often contaminated with proprietary chemical cocktails, used in the fracking process. Many waste materials give off radiation, which can travel through air, water, and even some solid materials and pose serious risks to both human and environmental health. Despite posing such risks, wastes from the oil and gas industry are not regulated under federal law. The WORC Report, No Time to Waste examines standards and disposal practices around radioactive oil and gas waste in particular.
Below are stories about people living with the impacts of oil and gas waste.