NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) â Niagara Falls has gone on record against treating wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, with elected officials saying they don't want the city that endured the Love Canal toxic waste crisis to be a test case for the technology used in gas drilling operations.
The City Council approved an ordinance Monday that prohibits natural gas extraction in Niagara Falls, as well as the "storage, transfer, treatment or disposal of natural gas exploration and production wastes."
The move is meant to head off action by the Niagara Falls Water Board, which has been exploring the idea of accepting and treating wastewater from out-of-town hydraulic fracturing operations as a way to offset declining revenues. The city's specialized plant was designed to handle chemical waste and has the capacity to take wastewater from gas drilling.
"I researched it and it just came to a point where money can't be everything," Councilman Glenn Choolokian, the measure's sponsor and a member of the water board, said Tuesday. (Read more...)