JOIN THE EFFORT TO BAN FRACKING WASTE FROM CT TOWN-BY-TOWN
AND LET YOUR STATE SENATOR KNOW YOU SUPPORT A BILL THAT WOULD BAN FRACKING WASTE FROM CT PERMENANTLY
We have been working with volunteers in the six CT watershed towns to ban fracking waste through local ordinance–two have passed protective ordinances so far. On February 13, 2018 Redding became the first town in the watershed and in Fairfield County to pass a ban, and on May 22, 2018 Norwalk passed a ban. Our goal is to help the remaining 4 watershed towns join the 53 other towns and cities in CT that have passed comprehensive ordinances banning this toxic, radioactive waste.
Our mission at the NRWA is to protect water quality in the Norwalk River watershed. Allowing fracking waste from PA to enter our watershed threatens water quality in our rivers and Long Island Sound.
NRWA LETTER IN SUPPORT OF A STATE BAN, SB 103
Unfortunately, the State Senate failed to bring to a vote SB 103 in 2018 which would have protected the State from this waste. The legislative session ended on May 9 without a vote. This is the fourth time in six years that the State has failed to vote on a state-wide ban. That means we need to keep passing local ordinances in order to protect our communities.
UPDATE ON WATERSHED TOWNS: Norwalk & Redding Protected!
WESTON: Weston has set a town meeting for Jan 17th with a public hearing at 7pm to be followed by a vote by the Board of Selectmen on whether or not Weston will join 53 other CT towns in adopting a comprehensive ban on waste from oil and gas extraction processes, including fracking. Please come to show support! 7PM at Weston Town Hall.
RIDGEFIELD: PUBLIC HEARING & VOTE ON COMPREHENSIVE ORDINANCE TO BAN FRACKING WASTE SCHEDULED
PUBLIC HEARING: SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 10AM, RIDGEFIELD TOWN HALL
VOTE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 7:30PM, RIDGEFIELD TOWN HALL
Background: After much debate and delay, the town never followed through with any action on passing an ordinance to ban fracking waste. As a result, citizens obtained the required number of signatures on a petition forcing the town to hold a public vote on the issue. The Board of Selectman had 45 days from November 26 to set date for this vote. More information here.
More background: On the September 5, 2018, the Board of Selectmen meeting included a discussion of possible language for an ordinance. Under consideration was a new, weaker ordinance language, that has been proposed by the CT Conference of Municipalities (CCM) instead of the ordinance language proposed by RACE and used to protect 199 municipalities in New York and 51 in Connecticut. The new language would only protect Ridgefield from some types of waste and would not ban the use of this waste from construction fill or road de-icers. Here is an explantion of the problems with the proposed CCM language. The petition was for a vote on the original comprehensive ordinance language and not the CCM version watered down by industry lobbyists that that would fail to protect your family. Here is a link to the original comprehensive proposed Ridgefield Ordinance.
See the chart to the right or click here to see the difference between the ban language proposed by CCM and the original language.
And here is the letter from NRWA clarifying some misconceptions discussed at the Sept. 5 meeting.
WESTON: The Board of Selectmen and Sustainability Committee will discuss adopting a comprehensive ban Thursday, Dec 20 at the BoS Meeting, 7:30 at Town Hall. The process is underway to move the ordinance forward. Please come to show support!
Read the NRWA response to the Weston Forum article, “Weston selectmen vote to send fracking waste ban to counsel,” of Feb 5, 2018 by Gregory Menti.
NORWALK: On May 22nd the Norwalk Common Council passed an ordinance to ban waste from oil and gas extraction. This is wonderful news for our waterways and Long Island Sound. Norwalk is the 45th town to pass the ban (though Stamford’s mayor has yet to sign its ban…)
REDDING: Voted to ban fracking waste February 13, 2018.
WILTON: Work is beginning in Wilton. Send a letter of support for a ban to First Selectwoman, Lynne Vanderslice. It is best if you personalize your letter. Contact us to for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW CANAAN: Work is beginning in New Canaan to step forward. Contact us to get involved.
To join the effort, contact us at email@example.com.
Presentation from Food & Water Watch (and talking points for each slide) on why cities and towns should consider passing an ordinance to protect themselves. There are two updates to the presentation: a new map of the towns protected and a new list of the Types of Oil & Gas Drilling & Extraction Wastes covered by current and proposed bans.
Here is a new 2-page handout explaining Why Connecticut Communities Are Voting Yes on Strong Extraction Waste Ordinances
Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to use this presentation in your town!
Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions, put together by our friends at the Greenwich Conservation Advocates.