Hello, This is important- I was at the same meeting with Patricia- she
got this out sooner and better than me- I will be there on March 20 -
hope you will too- It will be great to demonstrate our power -Be well-
From: Patricia J Anderson
I attended the meeting of the Environmental Energy and Technology
Committee where they voted to put this resolution (see below) forth to
the legislature and I can tell you, concerns that the full legislature
may vote against it are well founded. We can't count on our elected
officials to keep our water supply safe. They're too embedded in the
larger system that is pushing this forward.
Ulster County Residents: Your ATTENTION and PARTICIPATION are needed at
the Ulster County Legislature on Tueday, March 20th!
A law has been introduced into the Ulster County Legislature which will
prohibit the spreading of used frack fluid, aka "produced
brine" to de-ice Ulster County roads. Tuesday, March 20, at its
regular 7 PM meeting, the Legislature will decide whether this bill is
worthy of a Public Hearing, the next stage in the process. We must be
there! This fracking waste, so-called "brine," contains
chemicals known to cause disease and death.
A Brine Analysis Test done by TestAmerica, FOILed from DEC records,
reveals arsenic, cadmium, benzene, toluene, phenol, naphthalene. Although
referred to as "treated," the treatment consists of evaporation
which does not render it safe. DEC records also reveal that this fluid
that returns to the surface of the well contains radioactive radium226.
Passage of this law should be a no brainer for Ulster County legislators.
Unfortunately, Ken Wishnick, the (Democratic) New Paltz representative
who introduced it, is not at all surec about its passage. The
"brine" has been legally designated as industrial waste rather
than hazardous waste, enabling the DEC to permit it for "beneficial
use," such as road de-icing. And the companies are giving it away
Some legislators believe the DEC's long standing reputation as protector
of NY waters is sufficient to protect us. They do not want to be locked
into a law when the industry is promising to invent a 'safe' concoction.
And it's FREE!
All reasons why a legislator would vote against this bill. But this stuff
does not belong on our roads, running off onto our property, our streams,
We ask that you come at 6:45 on Tuesday, March 20th to the UC
Legislative Building on Fair Street in Kingston, 6th floor, and sign up
to speak for a minute or two.
FFC will provide talking points you can
use. The legislature will decide whether this bill is worthy of a public
It is time to make ourselves heard. If you cannot attend, please contact
your legislator before Tuesday evening. (see UC Legislature website). If
you need a ride, call
. For more information and the FOILed documents, go to
Frack Free Catskills