Last week, the Council of Canadians issued an action alert asking for your support on a motion to be heard at Niagara-on-the-Lake town council this evening. The motion called for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and the treatment of fracking wastewater within the Great Lakes Basin. It was sparked by concern about the Niagara Falls (New York) Water Board’s move to explore treating fracking wastewater in Niagara Falls’ wastewater treatment system.
Late this evening we received word from Councillor Jamie King – who introduced the motion – that the motion was just passed unanimously by council!
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a town located in southern Ontario where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. It has a population of about 15,000 people. Niagara Falls, where it has been proposed that a specialized wastewater facility could treat fracking wastewater, is also situated on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario.
Our thanks go to Councillor King and all councillors, and to everyone who called the mayor and their city councillor to ask them to support this motion.
This motion will be brought to the attention of the Niagara Falls Water Board, which meets next on November 17.
The Council of Canadians action alert that was widely distributed starting on October 28 can be read here, http://canadians.org/action/2011/great-lakes-fracking.html.