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Marcellino: No Fracking Wastewater Coming to Glen Cove

State senator fields questions in fifth public forum.

More than two dozen residents attended an informational session with state senator Carl Marcellino Thursday night at the Glen Cove Public Library, covering a range of topics including local treatment of wastewater from upstate hydrofracking, transgender rights and the rescinding of the MTA tax on businesses.

Marcellino addressed the wastewater issue first, saying that Glen Cove’s sewage treatment plant had been included on a list of possible treatment sites for fracking wastewater only because of the plant’s “pre-treatment cabability,” not due to any plans in place.

“I had a conversation with Ed Mangano yesterday and again today. He has assured me he will not grant permission for this to occur, so it will not be allowed to come into this county. I doubt if Mayor Suozzi would permit it, and on that basis I think you can rest assured that this will not happen in the city of Glen Cove,” Marcellino said.

The state’s review process concerning the practice by which natural gas is extracted from underground has been underway for some time, he said, and will continue until the state Department of Environmental Conservation determines if and how it can be done safely. He said that evaluation is being given extensive consideration and is not being rushed.

In the event fracking becomes a reality, any wastewater that could theoretically be brought from upstate sites would have to be trucked – an expensive proposition that is unrealistic due to the volume of water which would be involved, Marcellino said.

Several residents expressed strong opinions about the dangers of the fracking process and the toxic chemicals involved. One man raised his voice to a yell, questioning Mangano’s honesty and calling the local DEC “feckless,” to which Marcellino responded with a raise of voice of his own.

“I will defend the DEC’s ability to control and modify because I work with them almost on a daily basis on problems all over the state, all over Long Island, Region One, all over the place. They work very hard, they’re a dedicated people, they’re smart people, and they’re not going to do anything stupid, because they drink the same water and breathe the same air you do, and they don’t want to poison their air for their children – the same thing you do, they have the same concerns. They live here too!” Marcellino said.

The senator also responded to questions about a bill that would grant transgender persons protections from discrimination, saying he doesn’t want anyone discriminated against but won’t support the bill as it exists because of several caveats which he declined to get into in detail.

The topic of water treatment came up again when one man claimed to have evidence of a leakage which he said was allowed to continue for eight months before Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant was fined $1 million.

Marcellino asked his staff to take the man’s name and promised to meet with him to examine his evidence.

Mayor Ralph Suozzi and several city council members were in attendance but did not speak publicly.

Correction: This story earlier reported that the sewage leak occurred at Glen Cove's sewage treatment plant. It was really the Bay Park plant, as was noted by a commenter.

Dave Nieri February 17, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Correction to this story (I was present): The comment with regard to the City's sewage treatment plant leaking for 8 months was actually in regard to the Bay Park STP on the South Shore - not Glen Cove's STP.
Nawar Alsaadi February 18, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Hasn't anybody heard of waterless fracking? Gasfrac has already done waterless fracking in the Marcelles with gelled LPG, no water is used, no waste water is produced, Co2 emissions are reduced, truck traffic is cut from 1000 per frac to 30. There is a way to keep fracking, while protecting the community and the environment. Google it.
Claudia Borecky February 22, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Facts are that the Glen Cove Plant is one that is being considered for taking in radioactive wastewater from hydrofracking. Facts are that the Governor is expected to allow a limited amount of hydrofracking permits this year. Facts are that if a private company buys our sewage treatment plants, there is nothing that Marcellino or Mangano will be able to do about it. By law, a private company cannot be prevented from making a profit. The County would lose in Court and if NYS says that it is safe and allows permits (which it will do), then there is nothing the DEC can do about it either. The sale of the county's sewage treatment plants is already in the 2012 budget. The County is paying Morgan Stanley $500,000 to broker a deal and will pay them another $5 million when the deal is made. Visit the website of the Nassau County Coalition of Civics at www.nassaucoalition.org or visit Facebook "We the People Save our Waters" to learn what is really going on. And we, the people, are being kept in the dark.
Gerald Ottavino February 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Relying on "feckless" NYSDEC Region 1 to protect Nassau County would be both reckless and fatuous. The south shore Western Bays didn't go from shellfish acceptable, to nutrient and pathogen impaired, to imperiled in 15 years with the local agency doing its job. Also, how did the County's largest sewage treatment plants - Bay Park & Cedar Creek - deteriorate to a state of such abject disrepair if the agency was doing its due diligence and conducting proper inspections. Finally, Region 1 has been fighting water quality (TMDL) assessment for years and that's just for nutrients. It won't even consider similar assessment for pathogens, toxins and pharmeceuticals. Claudia Borecky is right; so, just imagine if you add chemically toxic fracking wastewater - some of it radioactive - to the mix. Gerald Ottavino
Lynda February 22, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Claudia is 100% correct, Glen Cove no longer owns the sewer, therefore, we have NO say as to what happens. If there is a profit to be made, fracking wastewater will be tanker trucked into Glen Cove. Just image the traffic from the Piazza and Waterfront on Glen Cove Rd and now tanker trucks filled with toxic waste water. That should do wonders for our property values. Glen Cove will become the "armpit" of the North Shore.
Amy October 29, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I just read on the NCCCA website that a ban was Approved in August. That is great news!!

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