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Madison citizens are invited learn about the risks of toxic, radioactive fracking wastes. Over 200 residents are asking Madison officials to pass a local ordinance banning this waste. If passed, Madison will become the 35th CT municipality to enact a local ordinance, protecting property values, waterways, land and public health.
According to CT Food & Water Watch, billions of gallons of liquid waste and over a million tons of solid wastes are being produced by fracking in Pennsylvania and shipped to nearby states. Chemicals, natural toxins and radioactive radium in oil & gas drilling waste are known to cause cancers, nervous system & organ damage, birth defects & many other health problems. The State of Connecticut currently has a temporary moratorium, but it is filled with loopholes. State law also mandates the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection to submit regulations for review by next summer, July 1, 2018.
Madison residents filled the room at the December 18th Board of Selectmen meeting, where a shortened presentation was given by Jen Siskind, Local Coordinator for Food & Water Watch. Regulations in other states have not stopped accidents, spills and leaks from contaminating soil, waterways, aquifers and drinking water. The language proposed for Madison’s ordinance was written by the legal counsel for Riverkeeper, founded by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. A more detailed explanation will be given at the library than time allowed at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting. This event is free and open to the public.