"Laced with cancer-causing and even radioactive materials, the millions of gallons of toxic wastewater generated by fracking are among the most compelling reasons for New York to abandon the path of dirty drilling." said Eric Whalen, Environment New York field organizer. "Our neighbors certainly think so. Looking at how fracking in Pennsylvania led to the export of fracking waste to surrounding states including New York, every single one of New York’s neighbors is sending a message about such waste in terms they hope Albany will understand: fuhgettaaboutit."
Here are the actions going on in neighboring states protesting fracking waste:
- Vermont banned the processing of fracking waste (and fracking itself) in the spring of 2012
- New Jersey’s Legislature voted for a similar waste ban last summer overwhelmingly, and they are planning to hold a vote to override Gov. Christie’s (R-NJ) veto of the measure later this year
- Connecticut legislators introduced a waste ban bill this year
- In Massachusetts, a bill similar to Vermont’s has picked up 14 co-sponsors, and on Wednesday garnered the support of more than 11,000 citizens signing a petition against fracking
- Pennsylvania and Ohio are already inundated with fracking wastewater
"In other words, none of our neighbors are willing or able to be a dumping ground for New York’s toxic fracking waste," said Whalen. "This fact draws into sharp relief that fracking proponents have presented no credible plan to safely manage the billions of pounds of toxic waste that would be generated by a fracking boom in New York."
"We urge Governor Cuomo to recognize this toxic regional calculus, and close the door on dirty drilling," Whalen concluded.
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