(Opinion) Sewage Treatment Plant Privatization Plan might FRACKING kill us

The Long Beach Patch reports on the Sewage Treatment Plant Privatization Plan:

The newly formed Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations (NCCCA) is hoping to mount pressure at halting the privatization proposal, which would involve selling or leasing the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway (off Reynolds Channel), Cedar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Wantagh, and Glen Cove Sewage Plant to a private company.

 Newsday reports on the Sewage Treatment Plant Privatization Plan:

Nassau Legis. Dave Denenberg asked state officials Thursday to rule on whether County Executive Edward Mangano can sell or lease the municipality’s sewage system to a private company.

In a letter to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Denenberg (D-Merrick) criticized the proposed privatization as a classic “one-shot budget gimmick that will result in higher sewage charges to taxpayers and less public oversight.”

The Long Beach Herald reports on the Sewage Treatment Plant Privatization Plan:

Scott Bochner of Long Beach, who has posted several videos on YouTube documenting the Bay Park sewage dumping, said there should be full disclosure and oversight of the county’s proposal, and that a citizens’ advisory committee should be established so residents can maintain a dialogue with officials.

“Everything is being done stealth — it’s under the table,” Bochner said, noting that many Nassau residents are unaware of the plan. “They’re not giving information out. Why is this decision being made without our input?”

As a taxpaying Nassau County / Long Beach resident, this is definitely something to be concerned about. But, what these articles fail to mention is the following: What’s going to stop these private operators from dumping hydrofacking water into our sewers? If operation of these plants go from public to private, will we the people lose more control over what gets dumped into our waters? Is this a way for our government to say “don’t blame us, we don’t operate it anymore” as they roll around in hydrofracking-money while giving each other pay raises and overtimes. Because that hydrofacking water is pretty damn toxic. We don’t need this money at the expense of our health and well-being.

Wait, hydrofracking water is toxic?

With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself. (source – Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers)

I’m not sure about the pros & cons of privatizing our sewage plants; it’s the hydrofracking water that I’m more concerned about. I am hoping that our Long Beach elected-officials (Fran, Len, Michael, Scott, John ) & City Manager Jack will take an official stance on blocking any fracking water from being dumped ANYWHERE Long Island, not just the Bay Park Plant in East Rockaway.  All I know is that if this water starts to get dumped into our sewers then I am gonna get the frack out of here. Yep, house for sale, bye bye Long Island. Enough is enough.

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Related SBC Article: Radioactive Long Island, What the Frack?

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4 thoughts on “(Opinion) Sewage Treatment Plant Privatization Plan might FRACKING kill us”

  1. I think the most reasonable approach is to legislate a ban on importation of any toxic waste onto Long Island in the first place while simultaneously concentrating on fixing the sewage disposal and discharge problems at Bay Park —-> Get the Politrix out of it, the plant is broke, time to fix it.

  2. Since writing a letter to this blog on the same topic I have had informal conversations with County Executive Ed Mangano and Sentor Dean Skelos. Both expressed to me that they would not allow drilling fluid to be carted to Nassau County. I received an email back from Mangano’s press secretary, Brian Nevin, saying that I could repeat that statement from Mangano to the many concerned groups I belong to including LBSA and Surfrider.

    BILL: A07013 would categorize frack fluid as hazardous waste in NY
    state. The Bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenburg, among many, and was passed by the NY State Assembly in June 2011 by more than a 3 to 1 margin (109 Yes to 35 No Votes) and again in February 2012 by a wide margin. This bill would ensure that when waste from fracking, or other drilling methods, meets the definition of hazardous waste, that it be treated in a manner consistent with other hazardous wastes, meaning not dumped in our bays, the Atlantic Ocean or the Long Island Sound.

    As stated in the Bill summary, if not treated properly, hazardous waste can, among other concerns, lead to contaminated air, drinking
    water, soil, and food. There is no compelling reason why waste
    produced from oil and natural gas activities that meets the definition of hazardous waste, should not be subject to the same laws regarding generation, transportation, treatment, storage and disposal as other hazardous wastes.

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    Follow the progress on this bill here:
    http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A07013&term=2011&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y

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