A caravan of Pennsylvania fracking waste trucks illustrates the cover of the report “License to Dump” produced in 2015 by Environmental Advocates of New York.
Two years after it led the nation in banning high-volume fracking to protect public health, New York State still permits upstate landfills to import vast quantities of drilling waste from fracked natural gas wells in Pennsylvania.
The cross-border shipments are often laced with carcinogenic chemicals and radioactive elements. But politically minded New York regulators classify the waste as non-hazardous construction debris and don’t even bother to track it.
“Although we shut the front door on fracking, we left the side door wide open,” said state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan). “Hundreds of thousands of tons of fracking waste have poured into our state, threatening our land and water. This loophole must be closed.” Continue reading NYS Fracking Waste Loophole Depends on O’Mara, Battered GOP