4/17 Hearing: Hydrofracking Brine on Ulster County Roads


Date:            Tuesday, April 17
Time:           7:00 PM
Location:  UC Community College  gym, 491 Cottekill Rd,  Stone Ridge
Why:  Keep radioactive, toxic gas wastewater brine off of our roads.
Who:  Bring friends, neighbors, co-workers…..strength in numbers.
How:  Fill the UCCC gym w/constituents who support this effort.

Do you care about your drinking water quality? Your dog’s paws? Your child’s health?

Mike Hein’s new, highly publicized Executive Order banning hydrofracking :
• may be rescinded by the next Executive.
• mentions neither enforcement nor penalties.
• Does not define “Hydrofracking Waste fluid/brine” which is the only thing prohibited in the Executive Order

Your participation is needed at an April 17th Public Hearing proposed by the Ulster County (UC) Legislature about the UC Hydraulic Fracturing Brine Prohibition Act to prohibit gas waste-water brine on Ulster County roads. (#1 at ulstercountyny.gov/legislature.html)

This Law Is a Big Deal. The gas industry’s biggest problem is how to “handle” its massive radioactive and toxic waste by-product. The DEC colludes in solving this by permitting its application on our lovely roads for de-icing.This allows the gas industry to use NY highway departments as a dumping ground.

Passing this law is not a DONE DEAL. Ken Wishnick, UC Legislator, the sponsor of the law, tells us, “A positive vote on this law is far from guaranteed!” Elected UC officials have made statements revealing their trust in DEC claims that gas wastewater brine from conventional vertical NY gas wells is safe—claims which are contradicted by DEC’s own tests revealing both high radioactivity and toxic chemicals. (Appendix 13 DEC dSGEIS) Does the DEC “regulate” the de-icing practice? Essentially the DEC tells drivers to stay in the middle of the road to avoid run-off and not to drive near wetlands. We are not making this up. (see DEC docs on toxicstargeting.com)
Will fracking come to Ulster County? Even if there is no drilling of the Utica Shale which lies under UC, we are being fracked by gas corporate leaders through the application of gas wastewater brine on NY roads. Local road control is still under “home rule” jurisdiction in NY State. For we the people of NY to allow this practice is to surrender to being fracked in all meanings of the word.

Frack Free Catskills (FFC)
for more information call 845-679-6938
email or rosalyn@clutterkit.com (Rosalyn Cherry)

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