The issue of fracking waste disposal and road spreading is currently on the legislative table in New York City and on the regulatory table in New York State.
Governor Cuomo recently announced that the Department of Environmental Conservation will amend its related rules with a comment period through July 15 and hearings in early June.
Cityside, the City Council Committee on Environmental Protection held a hearing in late February on Int 446, proposed legislation that will keep toxic oil and gas brine from being used or disposed of in New York. A campaign to find additional sponsors is underway. Are you a resident of NYC? If so, look up your councilmember here and encourage them to support passage of Int 446 immediately!
Waste products from certain forms of gas and oil drilling that are still legal in NY coupled with fracking waste from PA are found in some New York wastewater treatment facilities and landfills and on many New York roads for de-icing and stabilizing. While more than 15 counties have already taken the lead to prohibit disposal practices, passing legislation for a state-wide ban is essential for New York businesses. See NYSSBC’s perspective here.
To learn more, watch the webinar “Fracking Waste in New York: A Business Perspective” presented by NYSSBC & Riverkeeper about the waste being disposed and the impacts to businesses.