Delia DeRiggi-Whitton Fighting Fracking Waste in Glen Cove

Wastewater from fracking should not be processed at Glen Cove Treatment Plant or other Nassau sites

Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and Legislator  Dave Denenberg (D- Merrick) have introduced a local law, co-sponsored by the rest of the Democratic Caucus, that would prohibit the proccessing of potentially toxic flowback wastewater and other wastewater created by hydraulic fracturing or “hydrofracking” at any of Nassau’s sewage treatment plants.

A September 2011 report by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation identified Nassau County sewage treatment plants in Inwood, Bay Park, Cedar Creek and Glen Cove as facilities capable of handling flowback water or other wastewater from hydraulic fracturing activities.

Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton and Legislator Denenberg believe that our sewage treatment plants at this time are not capable of efficiently handling this toxic flowback wastewater, and find that it is in the best interest of the residents of Nassau County that the County should not accept toxic byproducts of hydraulic fracturing into our county sewage treatment facilities for processing.

“Our sewage treatment plants are not designed to process hydrofracking waste. This ban recognizes that we should not compromise our environment, waterways and plants,” said Legislator Denenberg. “Given the County Executive’s desire to privatize our plants, this ban is particularly important because a private operator is likely to process as much wastewater as possible for as much money as possible to the detriment of our environment and our taxpayers.”

Other municipalities in New York including Buffalo, Kingston, and Auburn have set a policy not to accept flowback wastewater and other wastewater created by hydraulic fracturing.

“After seeing first-hand how much effort has been put into the environmental clean-up at Glen Cove’s waterfront, it is unconscionable for me to see a plan that would even consider trucking contaminated water from fracking to our sewer treatment plant,” said Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton.  “I will ensure that we take every step possible to make sure this does not happen.”

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