Letter: Redding residents support fracking waste ban ordinance

To the Editor:

One of the things we love most about Redding is its natural beauty, and we hope Redding will be as beautiful in the future as it is now. The fracking waste ban ordinance that is being considered and voted on at the special town meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, is an important step in making sure it is.

This fall, our FIRST Lego League robotics team, the Polymechs, did research into fracking and how it can potentially contaminate drinking water. We were surprised to learn that Connecticut has not banned fracking waste statewide, like Vermont has. But we were excited to find out that Redding had collected signatures on a petition to ban fracking waste, and we learned a lot at the educational forum that we helped organize at the Congregational Church in early November.

We hope that Redding residents will come to the meeting on Jan. 8 and vote to make Redding the 35th town in Connecticut to ban these toxic and harmful materials. Let’s keep our town beautiful and our drinking water safe forever.

Roy Krueger, 11, Robert Krueger, 9, and Ezra Schwartz, 9

Black Rock Turnpike and Giles Hill Road

To the Editor:

I was upset to learn that Connecticut law, Public Act 14-200, a temporary moratorium on sending fracking waste from Pennsylvania to Connecticut, is filled with loopholes. Worse, this same law requires the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection to submit regulations by July 1, 2018.

Our state is on path for permitting the storage, transfer and treatment of toxic, radioactive fracking waste. This waste could also be used on roads as a de-icer or mixed in construction fill. Other states are being contaminated by thousands of accidents, leaks, spills, illegal disposal, runoff and leaching into waterways and aquifers used for drinking water. Fracking waste tanker and dump trucks are crowding and damaging roadways.

When I found out other towns were passing local fracking waste bans, I wanted to help my town, Redding, pass one too. So I decided to help circulate a petition and collect signatures for a town meeting to allow Redding residents to vote for an ordinance. The Board of Selectmen has scheduled a special town meeting for Monday, Jan. 8.

Please come out and vote to pass this local ordinance in Redding. Only persons showing up that night may cast a vote.

The ordinance language was written by lawyers for Riverkeeper. It has already passed in 33 other Connecticut towns and cities (and by county legislatures in New York).

Please note: The proposed ordinance only prohibits waste derived from oil and gas exploration and extraction activities — in other words, the waste that comes out of wells where oil and gas is being drilled and where gas is stored underground in huge quantities, all outside of Connecticut.

It does not prohibit wastes derived from engine use or from refining petroleum, such as used motor oil or tar used in asphalt and roofing. It does not prohibit fracking wells for drinking water or any type of drilling procedure.

Redding residents would be wise to cast their vote on Jan. 8. Protect our property values, public health and environment and make Redding the 34th Connecticut town to pass this ordinance. Please attend and vote yes.

Kelly Harran

Poverty Hollow Road

 

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