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

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.

What do you think of hydraulic fracturing? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Jim

    I live in the watershed of NYC, in the Catskill Mountains.

    There is some optimism up here following two recent court cases, in Dryden, NY and Middlefield, NY, validating those communities right to ban high volume hydro-fracture.

    You can read the judgments, and related award winning reporting on HVHF here:

    A majority of the population is ignorant of the dangers posed by this toxic process. I am glad to see folks in Long Island raising their voice against this kind of environmental degradation.

  • Raymond Leslie

    Under thr guise of flouridation the government would put radioactive waste in your water.

  • Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.

    Bravo to to LI’s legislators for seeing fracking as the public health menace that it is. Fracking wastewater can contain benzene and radioactivity. Both are demonstrably linked to breast cancer.

    A ban on importing toxic fracking waste to Long Island is consistent with the long, proud role that Long Island’s breast cancer activists have played in encouraging scientific researchers to investigate environmental causes of cancer and in insisting on cancer prevention.

    Here is the letter that New York State’s cancer advocacy community sent to Governor Cuomo about the carcinogenic risks posed by hydrofracking, including from waste water. It’s signed by several groups familiar to readers here, including Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition, Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, and the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition.

    Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy, with which I’m affiliated, likewise views fracking waste as a threat to public health.

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