By Bradley Koltz
The Town of Bethel will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed ban on the transport and storage of fracking waste in the town of Bethel. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. in meeting room A at the Municipal Center at 1 School Street.
Fracking is the process of extracting oil and gas from hard to reach locations or from deposits of material such as shale.
Fracking is not considered to be feasible in Connecticut, but a movement to ban storage of fracking materials at the town level, believed to be hazardous material, has spread throughout Connecticut since the state senate was unable to pass an extension of the recently expired ban in the 2017 session.
As of press time, 50 towns and cities in Connecticut have implemented fracking storage and use bans.
Under the proposed ban, fracking waste could not be sold or disposed of in Bethel, and contractors would be required to make best efforts to not use materials derived from fracking waste.