On Sunday, January 7, at 2 pm Madison citizens are invited learn about the risks of toxic, radioactive fracking wastes at a special presentation at Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road. The lecture will be given by Jen Siskind, Local Coordinator for Food & Water Watch. This event is free and open to the public.

Over 200 Madison residents have signed a petition asking Madison officials to pass a local ordinance banning this waste. Shoreline Green Party members, in coordination with other civic, local and church groups are working on the initiative. If passed, Madison will become the 35th CT municipality to enact a local ordinance, protecting property values, waterways, land, and public health.  Other CT Green Party members helped pass the ban in New London and municipalities in Northeastern, CT.

Fracking, which takes place in shale deposits in Pennsylvania and other parts of the U.S., creates billions of gallons of liquid waste and over a million tons of solid wastes, which are known to contain, natural toxins, chemicals, and radioactive radium. These oil & gas drilling waste are known to cause cancers, nervous system & organ damage, birth defects & many other health problems.

The State of Connecticut currently has a temporary moratorium on fracking waste, but it contains a number of loopholes. State law also mandates the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection to submit regulations for review by next summer, July 1, 2018.

If you’d like to help pass a fracking waste ban in your town contact jen siskind at Food & Water Watch.  email:  jsiskind@fwwlocal.org