EternalShawnee, Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE)
For years, Food & Water Watch has helped move a grassroots campaign to pass local bans over the past several years, with almost 60 cities and towns passing comprehensive bans on these toxic, radioactive extraction wastes.
In Connecticut the State House of Representatives voted 147-1 in favor of a bill (SB 753) that would ban waste from oil and gas drilling across the state. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on May 30.
The bill has comprehensive definitions for drilling and extraction waste from both oil and gas wells, and closes loopholes in the previous moratorium on only hydraulic fracturing waste from gas wells. It creates a permanent ban, except for a small amount of waste allowed solely for research purposes.
This law is modeled after laws passed in seven New York County Legislatures and passed by 56 cities and towns across CT over the past three and a half years. It also bans leachate from solid wastes, which includes liquids that drain out of landfills that have now become highly radioactive after receiving wastes from oil and gas wells.
“Our legislators have taken sensible action to protect Connecticut residents from an array of health and environmental risks associated with these toxic drilling wastes,” said Food & Water Watch Local Coordinator Jen Siskind. “Other states have experienced serious problems. Waterways and shellfish are now radioactive due to treatment and discharge. Waste spills have seeped into aquifers feeding private drinking water wells. Waste by-products like construction fill has been found to be unstable, while radioactive and lead-contaminated de-icer has been spread on roads. Now Governor Lamont has an opportunity to protect all of Connecticut from this dangerous waste.”
Food & Water Watch Senior Organizer Nisha Swinton added, “This victory could not have been possible without the inspiring and powerful grassroots activism from residents across that state, who came together, town by town, to enact local bans and put pressure on state leaders to act comprehensively to protect our health, safety, and clean water.”