Or until Casella stops handing him the fat envelopes. Whichever comes first . . .
ALBANY, NY- A bill sponsored by Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (S.5123A) to ban the disposal of hazardous fracking waste in NY was defeated in the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee by a 6-7 vote, along party lines. Among the republican “NO” votes were Senators LaValle, Grisanti, Marcellino, Little, Young, Maziarz and O’Mara.
Committee Chairman Grisanti declared before the vote that “I’m not actually sure that this is actually taking place “in spite of the fact that in In 2013 alone, 70,000 tons of radioactive drill cuttings entered New York landfills and over 288,000 gallons of fracking waste were spread on New York roadways or entered water treatment facilities – all from Pennsylvanian fracking operations. (see example of detailed spreadsheet below)
“I was actually shocked that the chair of the committee said that he didn’t think this was a problem (and) didn’t think this was occurring,” said Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg), the sponsor. She said hydrofracking companies in Pennsylvania already disclose that the toxic waste they produce is shipped for disposal with companies in westernNew York and the Southern Tier.
“The gas industry is exempted from having to disclose what chemicals they are using,” she added. “The Halliburton loophole. So they don’t have to disclose what they are using and we don’t allow high volume, hydraulic fracturing to occur in this state? Why would we allow the waste product of this process to come into New York and be dumped in our landfills?” What could possibly go wrong with that ?
Here’s Walter Hang’s take on the problem
Fracking chemicals arrive at the drilling site often as regulated hazardous materials, but federal and state exemptions allow drillers that pump these harmful chemicals into the ground to treat the wastes that come back up as standard industrial waste. Carcinogenic benzene, toluene, and formaldehyde are common frack fluid ingredients and the returning flowback water also brings up naturally occurring salts, heavy metals and radioactive particles. Fracking wastewater or landfill leachate that enters local sewage treatment plants—sometimes with radiation levels hundreds of times the safe limits for drinking water—goes right back into the rivers and streams that supply water to millions of people.
“Because New York lacks the proper regulatory framework, adequate enforcement capacity and the infrastructure to properly handle radioactive and hazardous drilling waste of any kind- all disposal must be banned until these gross deficiencies can be remedied”, said Roger Downs, Conservation Director for the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter. “New York State has demonstrated precaution on fracking and should not be Pennsylvania’s dumping ground for all the hazards we sought to avoid.”