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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