HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering a ban on storing or recycling wastewater generated as a byproduct of gas exploration.
The review comes a year after lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy approved a massive expansion of natural gas use in the state as a less costly alternative to heating oil.
Environmentalists back several bills to eliminate any possibility that Connecticut will be exposed to wastewater produced when chemical-laced water flows back during drilling. The industry says transporting wastewater from out-of-state sites used for natural gas fracturing, or fracking, is unlikely.
Environmentalists are seizing on any opportunity to limit or halt fracking.
A petroleum industry spokesman says the legislation borders on being disingenuous as Connecticut expands a network of natural gas pipes a while others to clean up the mess.