Slap votes to ban fracking waste as bill clears legislative hurdle

February 28, 2018

A bill that would prohibit the collection, storage, treatment and disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste in Connecticut cleared a legislative hurdle Wednesday after the proposal received a joint favorable substitute report from the legislature’s Environment Committee.

State Rep. Derek Slap, D-West Hartford, lauded the Environment Committee’s action on this legislation, which now heads to the state Senate for further action.

“We need to be very clear that Connecticut does not want fracking waste from other states shipped into or stored here. I'm pleased I was able to help the Environment Committee take a significant step today toward protecting our families and environment. We must keep this bill moving and get it signed into law before time expires on another legislative session,” said Slap, who is a member of the Environment Committee and a co-sponsor of the bill.

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is the process by which natural gas and oil are released from shale deposits deep in the earth. Fracking involves drilling wells and injecting a combination of water, chemicals and sand into the earth to extract the natural gas. In addition to waste, fracking also creates byproducts that pose a risk to residents’ health and safety.

Thirty-seven of Connecticut’s municipalities have all passed local ordinances prohibiting fracking. The West Hartford Town Council is currently considering a similar ban.

A similar proposal to ban fracking in Connecticut passed in the state House of Representatives in a 141 to 6 vote last year. The legislation, however, was not brought up for debate in the state Senate.

Press Release: Slap votes to ban fracking waste as bill clears legislative hurdle