Ban Fracking Waste in New London

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Drilling and fracking a single shale well can produce millions of gallons of toxic wastewater and hundreds of tons of potentially radioactive solid waste. This waste is being moved via tanker trains and dump trucks to municipalities and hazardous waste treatment facilities that will accept it.

Disposal of fracking wastes poses serious environmental and public health risks. Known and suspected carcinogens are present in fracking fluids and there is currently no federal requirement for full disclosure of the contents of the fracking solution because the chemical contents are considered to be proprietary.

Connecticut’s temporary moratorium (Public Act 14-200) on fracking waste ends later this year. The Director of our Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has gone on record as not being in favor of making the temporary moratorium permanent.

So far, ten Connecticut towns have put strong anti-fracking waste ordinances in place: Washington, Coventry, Mansfield, Portland, Andover, Windham, Ashford, Branford, Middletown & Windsor. 

An additional 19 Connecticut towns are actively working toward implementing town-wide bans.

The proposed ordinance to ban fracking waste in New London is on the City Council agenda for Monday, February 6th at 7pm. Please sign the petition to register your support for this ban. 

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