Bill to permanently ban fracking waste from coming into CT: Hearing on Monday, March 13, 2017

A Bill to permanently ban fracking waste from coming into CT. Bill number 6329 will have a hearing on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:30 in Hearing Room 2B by the Environment Committee. Testimony can be sent to: envtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Be sure to put "testimony on Bill 6329" in the subject line. Testimony must be emailed by this Friday at 3:00 p.m. Testimony itself should address the 3 Chairmen of the Committe: Senators Kennedy. Miner and Representative Demicco.
Bill 6329 AN ACT CONCERNING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING WASTE IN CONNECTICUT
Statement of Purpose: To permanently prohibit the storage, disposal, handling and use of hydraulic fracturing.
Sponsors:
Rep. Tami Zawistowski, 61st Dist.
Rep. Scott A. Storms, 60th Dist
Rep. David A. Baram, 15th Dist.
Rep. Matthew Lesser, 100th Dist.
Rep. Josh Elliott, 88th Dist.


Why Should Connecticut Ban the Importation of Fracking Waste?
In other states where wells have been "fracked," ground water has been contaminated, rivers have been polluted by fracking waste being released into them, and in some instances, people and animals near fracking wells have become sick.

Fracking is a method of extracting natural gas from deep in the ground by injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into dense rock formations such as shale, in order to crack the rock and release the gas.

This new drilling technique in shale formations has allowed the gas industry to reach large reserves that were previously considered uneconomical. Unlike traditional vertical fracking, horizontal fracking requires massive amounts of water, sand, and potentially toxic chemicals to unearth the natural gas that lies underneath the shale. Enormous holding ponds or tanks are also needed to store the chemically contaminated waste water that comes back up the hole after wells have been fractured.

Bill McKibben, the noted author and environmentalist writes, "Fracking has caused enormous problems with underground water contamination and aboveground waste disposal — entire streams have been destroyed."

At present, federal laws do not protect the health of either the environment or people. Connecticut must protect itself from the importation of toxic fracking wastes.

Environment and Human Health, Inc.


CCONNECTICUT ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING A BAN ON FRACKING WASTE

350 Connecticut

Audubon Connecticut

Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Collaborative Center for Justice

The Connecticut Fund for the Environment

ECHO

Environment Connecticut

Environment and Human Health, Inc.

Food & Water Watch

Grassroots Environmental Education

Housatonic Environmental Action League

Housatonic Valley 350.org

League of Women Voters of Connecticut

T
he Middletown Garden Club

New Haven Environmental Justice

NOFA

People's Action for Clean Energy Inc.

Rivers Alliance of CT

Save the Sound

Sierra Club
CT Chapter


Toxics Action Center Campaigns

Watershed Partnership