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Senate committee blocks effort to ban frack waste

Apr 30, 2014 6:52 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="590"] A bill to ban the import of hydrofracking waste into New York sponsored
by state Sen. Cecilia F. Tkaczyk died in committee, Tuesday.
(Courtesy nysenate.gov)[/caption]

Kyle Hughes is reporting for New York State News a state Senate committee Tues., Apr. 29, killed a bill that would have banned the import of hydrofracking waste into New York. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk (KAT-chik), blamed Senate Republicans for blocking the legislation as a favor to the oil and gas industry. The bill was rejected by the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee in a party-line vote of 7 to 6. The senator introduced the bill last May, but it was not placed on the committee’s calendar until now. Tkaczyk said hydrofracking companies in Pennsylvania already disclose that toxic waste they produce is shipped for disposal to companies in western New York and New York’s Southern Tier. The gas industry is not currently required to disclose what chemicals are used during the hydraulic fracturing process, commonly called fracking. New York does not allow high-volume fracking, but there is no prohibition on the transport and dumping of the waste material from other locales. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.
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