July 7, 2011. Auburn City Council votes to ban acceptance of natural gas drilling waste water at their municipal waste water treatment plant. Part 1: Public will be head. Part 2: Discussion and vote. Total duration: 1h:03m:31s. Downloads.

Media coverage:
Auburn votes to ban accepting wastewater from natural gas drilling companies, Syracuse Post Standard.

Natural gas drilling companies will have to look for some place other than Auburn to dump their wastewater. That’s because Auburn city councilors on Thursday voted to stop the city’s practice of accepting the wastewater, which some say poses a threat to water supplies, streams, plants and wildlife. Councilors voted 3 to 1 to enact the ban with Mayor Michael Quill and councilors Gilda Brower and Thomas McNabb in support. Councilor Matthew Smith voted against the moratorium and William Graney missed the vote.
The city has been under public pressure from the Cayuga Anti-Fracking Alliance to enact the ban. Several group members, including Beth Beer Cuddy, of Auburn, spoke before the vote. Afterward Cuddy said she was pleased with the outcome. read more

From Walter Hang:
Greetings,

I am thrilled to let you know that citizen activists and elected officials today won a critical anti-fracking victory in Auburn, NY. The City Council voted 3-1 to ban acceptance of natural gas drilling wastewater at their local municipal wastewater treatment plant. Wahoo. Way to go. I believe this is the first vote of its kind in the nation and sets a precedent that could be replicated in other communities, notably Sherburne, NY, the location of the last municipal facility accepting contaminated gas drilling wastewater in New York State. This was a highly controversial and hard-fought effort right up until the final vote…Mayor Michael Quill and City Council reps Gilda Brower and Thomas McNabb voted “aye.” City Council rep Matthew Smith voted against the resolution and William Graney was not present. Remember in November. Congratulations and thank you very much to Terry and Beth Beer Cuddy, all their CAFA (Cayuga Anti-fracking Alliance) colleagues, Mayor Quill and Councilors Brower and McNabb. Thanks to everyone else who showed up for the meeting. This campaign was a direct outgrowth of Ian Urbina’s reporting in The New York Times regarding gas drilling wastewater hazards. It ran approximately four months and achieved its goal.

See: http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story/Auburn-will-cease-accepting-wastewater-from-gas/jtCdapQafkyj_8ijnUydJQ.cspx
http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=638151
http://auburnpub.com/news/local/article_126eaada-a8f1-11e0-8540-001cc4c03286.html
http://twitter.com/#!/citizencaskey
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/07/auburn_votes_to_ban_accepting.html

Onward and upward,
Walter

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