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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.