Connecticut Legislative Hearing Testimony

Re: Bill 6329 — AN ACT CONCERNING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING WASTE IN CONNECTICUT

Testimony from Nancy Alderman, MES, President, Environment and Human Health, Inc.

To Chairmen of the Environment Committee, Senators Kennedy, Miner and Representtive Demicco and Members of the Environment Committee:

Environment and Human Health, Inc. strongly supports Bill 6329.

Keeping toxic fracking waste out of Connecticut is vitally important for the health and well-being of Connecticut's citizens.

In states where wells have been "fracked," ground water has been contaminated, rivers have been polluted by fracking waste, and in some instances, people and animals near fracking wells have become sick.

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."

According to a staff report by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, more than 650 commonly used fracking products contain chemicals that are known to be or are possible human carcinogens under the Safe Drinking Water Act, or listed as hazardous air pollutants. When fracking fluids come up from the fracking wells they not only contain the toxic chemicals that went down into the wells, they also come up from the wells containing radioactive compounds that are deep inside the earth.

Thank you for your attention,
Nancy Alderman, President, Environment and Human Health, Inc.
March, 2017

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CONNECTICUT 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 Valley 350.org

League of Women Voters of Connecticut

The 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