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A Pipeline Full of Trouble with Wilma Subra

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Wilma Subra

The new Spectra pipeline will bring lots of shale gas to NYC, along with high levels of cancer-causing radon. Shale gas extracted from the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania and West Virginia has high levels of naturally-occurring radon, a potent carcinogen. According to the EPA, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Now, thanks to the new Spectra gas pipeline which went into operation on November 1st, this radon-rich gas is now being delivered to homes, apartments and businesses in New York City and Westchester County.

Wilma Subra is an environmental chemist and natural gas expert who has received the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” award for her work with communities fighting against polluting industries.

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Ready for Radon? with Jeff Zimmerman

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Jeff Zimmerman

As if the producers of natural gas didn’t already have enough headaches with radioactive waste, scientists and medical experts are now beginning to warn about high levels of radon in the gas from the Marcellus shale formation.The gas currently being brought to NYC from Louisiana has low levels of radon that decay during its travel time to New York. In contrast, gas from nearby Pennsylvania (and New York, if Governor Cuomo doesn’t stop fracking) has high levels of radon that won’t have a chance to decay before the gas gets to homes, apartments and restaurants in New York.On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug talk about the potential heath threat of radon with attorney and radon expert Jeff Zimmerman.