This week, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law a statewide ban on the importation, dispersal or disposal of all waste from oil and gas drilling and fracking processes.
Food & Water Watch Local Coordinator Jen Siskind released this statement:
“Kudos to our state legislators and Governor Lamont for taking action. Toxic, radioactive fracking waste is causing devastating damage to properties, waterways and drinking water in other states. With the fossil fuel drilling industry shipping this waste from Pennsylvania wells hundreds and thousands of miles to other states, it’s a relief that it will not be imported into Connecticut. Our wastewater treatment facilities cannot handle the radioactivity and use of byproducts, such as waste mixed into construction fill or used as deicer, is a colossal mistake happening in other states.”
Food & Water Watch Senior Organizer Nisha Swinton added:
“Governor Lamont has taken a bold step to protect the health and safety of our communities and our environment by banning toxic, radioactive fracking waste from this great state. In doing so, the governor has stepped forward to occupy a place among our nation’s environmental leaders.
“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.”