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Fractivists Deliver Thousands of Signatures in Support of a Ban on Fracking Waste in CT

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Over 50 Connecticut residents recently came to Hartford to tell Governor Malloy and the CT General Assembly to ban toxic fracking waste in 2014.    Unfortunately, states without industrial oil and gas development such as Connecticut can still be negatively impacted by the disposal of waste products from fracking. The crowd consisted of John and Joan Q. Public’s from all four corners of the state, as well as activists from a diverse coalition of non-profit advocacy groups working to pass legislation that would prohibit the storage, treatment, and disposal of fracking waste in Connecticut.

The group delivered over 5,600 signatures from residents urging lawmakers to address the tremendous adverse health and environmental impacts associated with this poorly regulated, highly toxic, and potentially radioactive waste stream.  The action stood as a testament to the growing public concern over high volume hydraulic fracturing and the legacy of toxicity and groundwater contamination that the practice will leave behind for the American people for generations to come.  Finally, the movement to keep toxic fracking waste out of our state has caught the attention of state officials in every branch of Connecticut’s government.  Now it’s up to us to make sure they do the right thing.

Legislation to ban the storage and disposal of fracking waste (Senate Bill 237) is on the move, having been passed out of the CGA Judiciary committee.  The bill also has growing bi-partisan support from more than 3o members in both houses of the legislature.  However, Connecticut’s legislative session is scheduled to conclude on May 7th, which is increasing the urgency for the legislature to take action. Now, more than ever, this critically important public health protection measure needs your support!  Visit our campaign page and tadd your name to the thousands of that have taken action in support of legislation that protects water resources and the health of our communities by banning toxic fracking waste in our state, before it’s too late.

 

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