Keep Fracking Waste Out of Connecticut
We’ve fought long and hard to clean up Long Island Sound, our rivers and streams, and to protect drinking water in Connecticut. Now, we’re working to protect our waterways from a new threat: toxic fracking waste.
Drilling companies are looking for new places to dump their waste
Fracking operations expand closer to Connecticut each year. Right now the industry is pushing hard to start fracking just over our border in New York. With more and more fracking happening, the industry is desperately trying to figure out where to put all the waste it produces—more than 1 billion gallons in Pennsylvania alone so far. As fracking approaches our borders, the industry could soon be eyeing Connecticut as a convenient dumping ground.
We’re working to protect our rivers and the Sound
We’ve worked hard to cut pollution flowing into the Sound and cracked down on the dumping of waste in all our waters. Now is no time to take a giant step backward by letting companies dump their fracking waste in Connecticut.
They’re already shipping their Pennsylvania waste into neighboring states and when they start fracking in New York, they’re likely to look just over the border to Connecticut and other New England states for new dumping grounds. If we allow frackers to dump here, much of the waste could end up in our rivers and ultimately Long Island Sound. The waste is often still laced with toxic chemicals and even radioactive particles.
We won a three-year moratorium, but our work isn’t done
This spring, our efforts helped pass a three-year moratorium on dumping fracking waste in Connecticut. But now, more effort is needed to strengthen the law and keep toxic fracking waste out of Connecticut permanently.
Vermont has already banned toxic fracking waste. Massachusetts is considering a ban. Connecticut should take further action now, before fracking waste starts flowing over our border.
Together, we can keep fracking waste out of Connecticut
Members and supporters like you make it possible for our staff to organize the kind of grassroots campaign necessary to convince our legislators in Hartford to say NO to dumping toxic fracking waste in Connecticut—for good. Join our campaign and take action to protect Connecticut's waters from fracking waste.
Why should we risk our waters to the dangers of toxic fracking waste?
- Fracking has generated more than 1.3 billion gallons of toxic waste in Pennsylvania alone.
- In Pennsylvania, after fracking wastewater was discharged from sewage treatment plants into the Monongahela River, the state advised 325,000 people in and around Pittsburgh not to use their tap water for more than a week.
- Your action and support can help us keep fracking waste out of Connecticut—in the same way that member action and support helped us win landmark action to address global warming.