A town meeting is being held in Redding tonight to decide on a proposed ordinance to ban the use or storage of fracking waste. The vote will be held at 7pm at the Redding Community Center. Critics say fracking, a process for extracting oil or natural gas out of bedrock, contaminates groundwater. Opponents of the proposal say it has too many loopholes.
A violation of the proposed ordinance could result in a $250 fine and associated legal costs.
Fracking is not used in Connecticut, but the waste can be brought in and used as fill at construction sites.
Residents are also being asked to consider funding for upgrades at the Redding Wastewater Treatment plant, totalling little more than $796,000. The work will be financed through a municipal lease and the unassigned fund balance.
Residents will also being deciding on adoption of changes to the Land Use Applications ordinance and changes to the Land Use Fee Schedules.