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Lawmakers Fight Bill To Send Fracking Wastewater To L.I. Sewage Treatment Plant

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Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn (credit: http://legis.suffolkcountyny.gov)

Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn (credit: http://legis.suffolkcountyny.gov)

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — Two New York legislators are filing a bill that would keep their Long Island county from accepting toxic wastewater from drilling in a gas-rich region that includes New York.

Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn and Deputy Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley say a sewage treatment plant in West Babylon should not become a dumping site for hydraulic fracturing — or hydro-fracking.

Chemicals are used to extract gas from within the earth.

The Suffolk plant was named as a potential site to process the waste in a draft environmental impact statement prepared by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

Hahn says she’s dumfounded anyone could think an environmentally-sensitive area like Long Island would be a good site.

In some communities, gas from hydrofracking has leaked into drinking water, setting it afire.

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