Prohibiting Fracking Waste Storage

May 10, 2017

A bill introduced by State Representative David Baram (D-Bloomfield/Windsor) that would ban toxic fracking waste from being dumped in the state was approved in the state House of Representatives Tuesday by a vote of 141-6.

Bill No. 6329 “An Act Concerning Hydraulic Fracturing Waste In Connecticut,” permanently prohibits the storage, disposal, handing and use of hydraulic fracturing waste in Connecticut.

Fracking is the process of pumping fluid into or under the surface of the ground to create fractures in rock for natural gas exploration, development, production, or recovery.

“I fully support this bill as a way to create a legal prohibition to fracking and its waste by-products in our state,” Rep. Baram said. “The legislature previously passed a moratorium, but it is now time to make existing legislation permanent.”

Under the bill, no person, business, or political subdivision of the state may:

  • Accept, receive, collect, store, treat, transfer, or dispose of fracking waste.
  • Collect or transport fracking waste for receipt, acceptance, or transfer in the state; or
  • Sell, offer, barter, manufacture, distribute, or use anti-icing, de-icing, pre-wetting, or dust suppression product derived from or containing fracking waste.

The bill now goes next to the Senate.