Digging up the Devil

Fleets of US truckers make their living hauling brine laden with radioactive elements extracted along with oil and gas.
 
One scientist likened it to “letting out the devil,” yet industry workers often find themselves soaked in the stuff.
 
Tipped off that he was carrying “hot loads,” one trucker secretly collected dozens of brine samples, suspecting it might explain why his colleagues kept getting sick.
 
Lab tests revealed radium levels eclipsing regulators’ safety levels.

He had tapped into a nationwide scourge of “oil-and-gas waste spilled, spread, and dumped across America, posing under-studied risks to the environment, the public, and especially the industry’s own employees.”
 
Rolling Stone

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