Connecticut’s Senate gave its backing to a bipartisan agreement on how to deal with the probability of fracking waste being disposed in the area from other states on Monday.
The moratorium, which is valid for three years, bans storage or disposal of the waste until regulations are adopted by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on the issue. The bill gives DEEP up to July 1, 2017 to table its draft rules to the General Assembly’s Regulations Review Committee.
The Senate had earlier considered banning drilling fluid and other waste produced during natural gas exploration in Connecticut. The move was criticised by certain lawmakers who argued that Connecticut is spending heavily on natural gas equipment and pipes while still looking for other states to absorb the waste, reported the Huffington Post.
“We’re taking a more moderate approach,” said Sen. Edward Meyer, D-Guilford. “It’s an incremental type of approach.”
After debating for five hours, the lawmakers resolved to place the draft bill on the consensus calendar. The calendar consists of bills that have been supported by all members. The bill must be approved b y the House of Representatives.
Though Connecticut has no visible fracking activity, Meyer expressed concerns that New York may lift its ban on fracking, resulting in disposal of fracking waste in the state.
“This bill is being offered to the legislature and to the people of Connecticut in order to avoid what many people feel is a danger to our security and our safety and health,” added Meyer. “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
The bill also prohibits using fracking waste as road de-icer in Connecticut, as well as other uses such as controlling dust. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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