NY finally outlaws dumping of fracking waste from PA

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New York Governor Cuomo signed S.3392 (May)/A.2655 (Englebright) into law, closing a hazardous waste loophole that has allowed over 640,000 tons of waste from fracking sites in Pennsylvania to be disposed of in the state. New York has become first state in the US to ensure that oil and gas waste that meets the definition of “hazardous” is properly regulated. Efforts are underway in Pennsylvania to take similar action.

“New York has set a powerful precedent to treat hazardous oil and gas waste for what it is,” says Earthworks’ Policy Analyst Melissa Troutman. “This victory for the health and safety of communities should be quickly repeated in Pennsylvania, the origin of NY’s fracking waste, and ultimately adopted by Congress. All communities in the United States deserve protection from potentially hazardous and radioactive oil and gas waste.”

For more information, visit Earthworks.org, or contact Justin Wasser, 202-887-1872 x137, jwasser@earthworks.org.

Grand jury: State failed to protect public from fracking

“We believe that our government often ignored the cost to the environment and to the health and safety of the citizens of the commonwealth in a rush to reap the benefit of this industry,” the report says.

“I can assure you, there will be more to come,” — PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Shapiro also urged legislators to increase oversight of the industry, which he said for too long has been given a “free pass” to do as it pleases.

“They acted as though they are unaccountable,” Shapiro said. “That is what the powerful do when left unchecked.”

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/grand-jury-state-failed-to-protect-public-from-fracking/article_8bb9eea0-ebe4-5949-879c-e1cf57e8685d.amp.html