CT considers ban on natural gas wastewater

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.

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