Lithium was recently found in PA, and LOTS of it

May 28 – An enormous lithium reservoir has been discovered in western Pennsylvania and it could be a serious help for the demand of lithium in the country. 

The reservoir is water that’s generated from Marcellus Shale fracking in PA. 

Scientists tested the water and just found huge amounts of lithium. 

At the moment, the only lithium mine in the US is in Nevada. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Now that this has been discovered in Pennsylvania, you can bet it’s going to be actively pursued and explored. This would be a major economic driver to the Pennsylvania government, as well. This is probably one of those things we’re behind because no one had this on their radar that such a discovery was going to be made. So what if anything, does the General Assembly do about this? Does the federal government even get involved now that this discovery has been made? It’s something we really need to keep an eye on over the next few months.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “So fracking led to energy that powers the batteries?”

“It’s amazing, isn’t it?” Barkdoll asked. “Those Marcellus Shale mines, there’s millions of gallons of water that go down in there to flush that out. When that water is extracted, that’s wastewater, this lithium can actually be extracted from the wastewater. So it’s kind of a win/win, because it’s a good way to repurpose the wastewater as well, but no one had this on their radar and when these scientists started to see it, it apparently was a real eureka moment in a good way.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “I have to comment though, it’s very easy when that’s going on and other side of the world and we know kids’ slave labor has been used for it. It’s very damaging to the environment, depending upon the way you do it. It also can release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. So how do the greeniacs, who are pushing lithium batteries for everything make their way through this minefield, pun intended, of mining lithium and its negative consequences that we’ve just ignored when it’s happened on other sides of the world, very conveniently.”

Barkdoll confirmed, “It’s a great point. The global lithium market, of course, is huge, and it’s long been criticized that the US doesn’t have enough of it. We’re importing a lot of it, rare earth type minerals from China. This would be a real game changer. If this now meets 40% of the demand in the US, Pennsylvania suddenly becomes the center of the universe for US lithium supply. So I think this is a really fascinating story. I also note they’re being very careful not to reveal exactly where this is. We know it’s western PA. We know it’s at a Marcellus Shale well site, so that would certainly narrow it down but for various reasons, they don’t want to disclose exactly where this is right now.”