Government
12:30 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Kentucky Senator Expresses Concern Over Fracking Waste Dumping

Credit Kentucky Senate courtesy Commonwealth of Kentucky

A Kentucky lawmaker thinks the legislature should consider some regulations on the disposal of wastes generated by hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

State Senator Robin Webb said she’s especially concerned about the potential impact on groundwater.  Webb said Kentucky doesn’t have any rules regarding the disposal of such wastes and companies involved in fracking are considering the Commonwealth to locate dump sites.

I know there are companies looking at places in my district for disposal of those wastes," said Webb. "My understanding is that we have no prohibition on that or regulations for that potential."

"I don't want to be an unregulated dumping ground for chemicals I don't know the impact."

Webb made her comments this week at a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment.