DTC Promotes Petition Urging Prohibition on Disposal, Transfer, Processing or Handling Fracking Waste

The Greenwich Democratic Town Committee (DTC) has called on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) to pass legislation that would prohibit the disposal, transfer, processing or handling of fracking waste within the Town.

Following a unanimous vote by DTC members, residents of Greenwich are encouraged to sign a petition organized by the Greenwich Conservation Advocates (GCA) in support of the ban.

The ordinance is scheduled to come before the RTM at its March 12 meeting.

Fracking is the process of injecting water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into subterranean rocks to extract oil or gas. Fracking waste is the toxic by-product. The toxins are known to cause multiple cancers, organ damage, neurological and developmental problems, birth defects, embryo toxicity, and other health problems. While there is no fracking in Connecticut, other states including New York and Pennsylvania use the method and export the toxic waste. To date 36 municipalities in Connecticut as well as more than 400 in New York, including many in Westchester, have passed bans similar to the one proposed for Greenwich.

“The proposed legislation is an important step to protect our environment, waterways and most importantly the residents of Greenwich,” said Jeff Ramer, chair of the DTC. “The Connecticut state legislature has failed to pass a permanent statewide ban and it is our responsibility to act to protect our environment and residents. This is not a partisan issue and the DTC calls on all Greenwich residents to sign the GCA petition and to contact their RTM representatives urging them to vote for the ban.”

The Greenwich Conservation Advocates petition can be found at http://bit.ly/2i0nWFG.