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Letter: No Waste Water in Glen Cove

Some weeks ago, our State Sen. Carl Marcellino hosted a community forum at the Glen Cove Library. I don’t think he anticipated a packed room, nor the topics of concern: ‘fracking’ wastewater, the fate of the county STPs, and LGBT issues.

Despite a rainy evening, local residents came out in force, and after much discussion, the senator promised that fracking wastewater wouldn’t be transported to L.I. He followed this up within a short time with a press release stating that he had signed on to Sen. Martins’ Senate Bill (S.6583), that will “ban the treatment, storage or processing of that drilling fluid as well as any waste resulting from the exploration, development, extraction or production of crude oil or natural gas, in areas that rely primarily on a single water source.” That means Long Island, whose drinking water source is an underground aquifer. Additionally, it was recently announced that Nassau County legislators Dave Denenberg and Delia DiRiggi-Whitton have also introduced legislation at the county level that would ban fracking wastewater from the sewage treatment plants.

Local residents focused a spotlight on an emerging issue and moved our state representatives to action. Way to go, Glen Cove!

Now it remains to be seen if these bills actually get any traction in the NYS and county legislatures and become law. Or will we find that this flurry of activity was merely a gesture in reaction to an uncomfortable meeting, with little chance of gaining widespread support? The cynics among us expect the NYS bill to simply die in the legislature. If neither bill survives, a return to civic apathy in Glen Cove can be expected, but if one or the other is signed into law, we should be encouraged that if we make enough noise, we can get government to move.

Watch and see.

Dave Nieri