martes, 16 de mayo de 2017

House Passes Permanent Ban on Fracking Waste in Connecticut, EEUU.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz of Berlin and Majority Leader Matt Ritter of Hartford both favor a permanent ban on the storage and disposal of fracking waste in Connecticut. (Photo by Christopher P. Keating)

Hartford Courant
By Christopher Keating
09 May 2017

Legislators voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a permanent ban on the storage, disposal and use of fracking waste in Connecticut.

By 141 to 6, the state House of Representatives passed the bipartisan bill after a two-hour debate and sent it to the state Senate. All six opponents were conservative Republicans.

Fracking waste is a controversial byproduct from drilling for natural gas, which is not done in Connecticut. The closest state to have the widespread practice of fracking is Pennsylvania, prompting opponents to question why the Connecticut legislature is debating the bill at all.

The state’s current moratorium on the disposal of the waste will remain in effect until July 2018, but the new bill supersedes it to make the ban permanent.

State Rep. Michael DeMicco, a Farmington Democrat who co-chairs the environment committee, said legislators are trying to be proactive by preventing any environmental problems with fracking before they happen in Connecticut. In tough fiscal times, lawmakers want to make sure that a cash-strapped town would not allow the storage of waste in an attempt to earn money for the municipality.

But some Republicans ripped the measure, known as House Bill 6329, Tuesday on the House floor.

"We have no examples of storage or transportation prior to the moratorium,'' said Rep. Charles Ferraro, a West Haven Republican. "We have no examples of it now. ... I have questions why we create laws for situations that don't exist. We're creating a solution for a problem that doesn't exist.''…

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