April 30, 2014

NY Fracking Waste Bill S.5123A

There are no words to express the dismay with our NY State Senate Committee.    Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk's bill,  S.5123A,  to ban the disposal of hazardous fracking waste in NY was defeated in the Environmental Conservation Committee by a 6-7 vote, along party lines.

Committee kills Sen. Tkaczyk’s bill banning import of fracking waste into New York

" Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg), the sponsor said hydrofracking companies in Pennsylvania already disclose that the toxic waste they produce is shipped for disposal with companies in western New York and the Southern Tier."

and in spite of this knowledge the Senate Environmental Conservation Chair Mark Gristanti (D-Buffalo) says:  “I’m not actually sure that this is actually taking place.”

The citizens of NY do NOT have responsible leadership in the Environmental Conservation Committee.   When a committee chair squashes a bill that deserves the attention of the full Senate because he is acting with a false premise, it is time for Sen. Grisanti to be replaced!

Among the republican “NO” votes were Senators LaValle, Grisanti, Marcellino, Little, Young, Maziarz and O’Mara.   If that is your Senator, you need to ask him why.   

NY Fracking Waste Dumps

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