FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 20, 2014 

Contact: LuAnne Kozma, Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan

231-944-8750       luanne@letsbanfracking.org

Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan to greet trucks shipping radioactive fracking waste from Pennsylvania

 

Trucks on their way to PA today

Belleville—After a shipment of radioactive frack waste from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region was approved by Michigan Department of Environmental Quality regulators late last week, the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, the ballot question committee seeking to ban fracking and frack wastes, made plans to greet the trucks in a visibility event when the wastes arrive at the Belleville processing and disposal facility.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection informed LuAnne Kozma today at 11 a.m. that trucks from Michigan are on the way to Pennsylvania to bring the material here. An exact date and time of the trucks’ arrival in Michigan are not yet known.

The Committee is mobilizing its volunteers who participated in last year’s ballot initiative, which involved hundreds of people gathering over 70,000 signatures from Michigan voters in 2013. The Committee’s ballot initiative language will prohibit such shipments, once passed by the voters in 2016.

The radioactive material includes two roll-off containers of “fracking sludge” and possibly a “box” of liner to be cut up into 4 ft x 4 ft sheets.

“This is a wake-up call for Michiganders that all fracking operations and the impacts on people are connected. Our entire state is a frack waste dumping ground for frack operations in Michigan and from other states,” said LuAnne Kozma, campaign director. “This particular waste is coming from a county in Pennsylvania where the residents are living among over 800 frack wells, four impoundments and other frack industry complexes, all of which is affecting their health and well being.”

Once diluted at the Belleville processing facility to under 50 pCi/g, all of the material will be disposed of at the processing facility’s twin facility at the same site, Wayne Disposal Inc., a hazardous waste landfill, but is permissible to be disposed of in any Michigan landfill.

The ballot initiative would ban the storage, processing, disposal and production of frack wastes statewide, in addition to banning horizontal hydraulic fracturing operations and repealing a law that requires the state to foster the development of the oil and gas industry “along the most favorable conditions.”

The Committee’s new four-page interpretive brochure on the harms of fracking, the extent of the frack industry in Michigan, and how the Committee’s ballot initiative works is available on the Committee’s website, http://LetsBanFracking.org.

The Committee plans screenings of the documentary film “Gasland 2” throughout the state. A screening in West Bloomfield takes place tonight at the West Bloomfield public library at 6:00 p.m. See http://LetsBanFracking.org for details.

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