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We Can Stop Fracking Waste in Connecticut
A public forum and screening of GASLAND PART II
Dickinson Science Building Auditorium
1 Macedonia Road, Kent
April 4th 6:30-9:30pm
Hydrofracking for shale gas is producing millions of gallons of toxic, radioactive waste, and the gas companies would like to dispose of it in Connecticut. This is a public health and environmental disaster waiting to happen. We as citizens must speak up to guarantee the strongest possible bill banning fracking waste—SB 237, An Act Prohibiting the Storage or Disposal of Fracking Waste in CT—is passed by the close of the 2014 legislative session.
Connecticut has no natural gas deposits and therefore no fracking is taking place here. However, our close proximity to Pennsylvania and their 6,000+ gas wells means that CT could potentially become a storage or treatment site for the billions of gallons of wastewater that are generated annually through the process of fracking. Fracking involves injecting large amounts of water, mixed with sand and various chemicals, underground at high pressures so that gas is released. The wastewater contains harmful pollutants (many of them carcinogenic and neurotoxic) as well as naturally occurring radioactive material such as radium-226. According to a spokesperson for CT DEEP, there are several sites in western CT that could be the first to accept this toxic waste.
The public is invited to a screening of the HBO documentary GASLAND PART II, followed by a forum on Connecticut’s pending fracking waste legislation, how we as residents might be impacted and how audience members can contact their state legislators requesting that they support and co-sign SB 237.
•Representative Roberta Willis, 64th Assembly District •Evan Abramson, Community Organizer for Housatonic Valley 350 and Food & Water Watch, Litchfield County •Karren Garrity, Chair, Kent Energy & Environmental Task Force •Carlos Canal, President of the Washington Environmental Council
Presented by Housatonic Valley 350, Food & Water Watch, the Kent Energy & Environmental Task Force, the Washington Environmental Council, Waste-free CT and the Environmental Ministries Team of the CT Conference of the United Church of Christ. Hosted by Kent School
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