Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials in Produced Water and Oil-Field Equipment

Robert Zielinski, James Otton, United States Geological Survey, United States Geological Survey

This report summarizes the current knowledge of naturally occurring radioactive materials in oil-fields of the United States. Of particular concern is the effect on public health and the environment of exposure to radioactive materials in the form of radium-bearing water and 'scale' deposits in tanks and pipes, which may travel far from the oil fields as scrap metal products.

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Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, , , Environmental ScienceWasteRadioactive Waste, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Environmental Mineralogy, Environmental Science:Energy:Fossil Fuels, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Radioisotopes
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Maps, Images/Illustrations
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional
Geochemistry Applications: Environmental Geochemistry
Health Topics: Radionuclides
Topics: Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Radioisotopes, Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Human Dimensions/Resources, Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Environmental Mineralogy
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Geology, Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water