5,600+ Signatures Delivered to Governor Malloy in Support of Fracking Waste Ban

Legislation Would Protect CT from Highly Toxic, Potentially Radioactive Fracking Waste from Other States

 

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Audubon CT * Citizens Campaign for the Environment Collaborative Center for Justice * CT Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound * Environment Connecticut Environment & Human Health, Inc. * Food & Water Watch Grassroots Environmental Education * Housatonic Valley 350 * Rivers Alliance of Connecticut

[This press release left out our group’s name, but you better believe *Capitalism vs. the Climate* was there!]

 

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

For More Information Contact:

Louis W. Burch, Citizens Campaign for the Environment lburch@citizenscampaign.org (203) 503-1314

Nisha Swinton, Food & Water Watch- nswinton@fwwatch.org, (207) 619-5845

Hartford, CT – Environmental and public health advocates delivered over 5,600 signatures from Connecticut residents to the office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy and members of the House and Senate leadership today calling for legislation (SB 237) to ban fracking waste in Connecticut.   Fracking, a highly controversial process of extracting oil and gas taking place in nearby Northeast states, produces hundreds of millions of gallons of highly toxic, potentially radioactive liquid waste , as well as heavily contaminated solid waste by-products.  While Connecticut does not have industrial oil and gas development, it remains vulnerable to out-of-state fracking waste being transported or disposed of within the state’s borders.

“The public understands that fracking waste poses a significant threat to public health and the environment, and is demanding action to ban this toxic, potentially radioactive waste in Connecticut,” said Louis Burch, program coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE).  “Today, we are calling on Governor Malloy and leaders of both houses to stand up in support of a ban on fracking waste. Our elected leaders must acknowledge the toxic legacy this waste could leave in our state, and they should take action to ensure Connecticut does not become a dumping ground for toxic fracking waste, before it’s too late.”

Absent state action, out-of-state fracking waste could be brought to Connecticut and trucked through communities, sent to sewage treatment plants, deposited in municipal landfills, and even spread on roads as a de-icer or dust suppressant. Proposed legislation (SB 237) would protect Connecticut by banning the transport and disposal of fracking waste in Connecticut.

“Drilling and fracking a single shale well can produce millions of gallons of toxic wastewater and hundreds of tons of potentially radioactive solid waste. We cannot compromise by simply regulating how much fracking waste can be disposed of — to protect our health we must prohibit the disposal of fracking waste throughout Connecticut.” said Nisha Swinton, New England Director for Food & Water Watch.

“The citizens of Litchfield County and their elected officials urge the governor to support a ban on fracking waste in Connecticut,” said Evan Abramson, Housatonic Valley 350.  “There is no amount of jobs or revenue that justifies contaminating our groundwater and putting the lives of CT residents at risk. Let’s not make Connecticut a toxic waste dump for Pennsylvania’s gas industry. We must support SB 237, An Act Prohibiting the Storage or Disposal of Fracking Waste in CT.”

“Connecticut has invested heavily in the health of Long Island Sound and its tributaries,” said Leah Lopez Schmalz, director of legislative and legal affairs for Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment. “We must not undo those decades of progress by permitting the dumping of a toxic cocktail of fracking waste in our waters.”

Exemptions and loopholes for the oil and gas industry at the federal level necessitate that states take action to protect themselves. Oil and gas companies are exempt from disclosing the toxic chemicals used in fracking operations, making the waste created from the fracking process notoriously difficult to treat.  The hazardous waste loophole in federal law allows oil and gas companies to transport and dispose of hazardous fracking waste products without categorizing it as hazardous waste and treating it as such.  This process leaves communities vulnerable to exposure to a range of toxic substances, as traditional sewage treatment plants and industrial waste treatment facilities are not designed to remove or treat hazardous waste.  Municipal landfills are also ill-equipped to handle fracking waste.

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Call up your State Senator and Representative at the link below and tell them to support S.B. 237!

Find your State Senator and Representative

And call Governor Malloy at 866-946-1451 today, and ask him to pass SB 237!

 

 

 

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