Amherst Council member Mark A Manna announced a resolution banning the treatment of horizontal hydraulic fluids drilling, or fracking fluids at the Town of Amherst Waste Water Treatment Facility on Wednesday.
He called it a hazard to public health and the environment,
“We do not know the answers,or have the documentation, we are not prepared to respond to the hazards that come with treating fracking fluids in Amherst,” Manna said in a press release. “ We would be endangering our water supply, our land, and the health of all our citizens.”
“As a result of fracking, many dangerous chemicals, heavy metals, and radioactive materials end up in our water supply,” Manna stated. “We’re not equipped to properly treat water for these materials. Amherst is particularly affected due to its location on Tonawanda Creek”
The resolution is listed below;
Whereas Hydraulic Fracturing or “Hydrofracking” is a controversial mining technique used to extract fossil fuels that have collected in layers of porous rock.
And whereas hydrofracking has received negative attention due to its connection to water pollution and other environmental problems,
And whereas the wastewater from hydrofracking contains chemical additives and radioactive material which vary in toxicity and include known carcinogens, water, sand and chemicals, many of which may be harmful. Toxic chemicals that have been used in fracking fluids include methanol, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde, napthalene, benzene, toluene and xylene. To date, over six hundred chemicals have been found to have been used in fracking fluids. According to Dr. Theo Colburn of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange, 47 percent of these products have the potential to affect the endocrine system, including human and wildlife development and reproduction
And whereas the Amherst Wastewater Treatment Facility is a pure oxygen, activated sludge process that is biologically based that would be adversely affected by wastewater from the hydrofracking process,
And whereas while hydrofracking does not currently take place in New York State, a statewide moratorium is set to expire at the end of 2012,
And whereas several states and municipalities including Buffalo, Kingston and Auburn, New York and the state of Maryland have set a policy not to accept wastewater created by hydrofracking occurring outside of their communities,
Be it resolved that it is in the best interest of the residents of the Town of Amherst that the Town of Amherst Wastewater Treatment Facility not accept or introduce ,wastewater from any hydrofracking operation into its process.