Deal reached on fracking waste bill
HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut senators are expected to pass a partisan compromise on how to handle the possibility of waste from fracking coming to Connecticut.
Despite many Republicans supporting the bill, debate on the bill stretched out for hours Monday as the GOP attempted to run out the clock on this year’s legislative session, which ends at midnight on Wednesday.
The bill creates a moratorium on the waste being stored of disposed of in the state until the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection adopts regulations on the matter. DEEP has until July 1, 2017, to submit proposed regulations.
Legislators originally considered banning drilling fluid and other waste generated as a byproduct of gas exploration. However, some voiced concern that the legislation is premature considering no fracking is happening in Connecticut.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.