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Well wastewater possibility stirs opposition

KEUKA LAKE—Residents in the Keuka Lake area are expressing concerns over the possibility of wastewater from natural gas drilling being dumped into a well near Keuka Lake.
At the Jan. 14 Pulteney town board meeting, residents heard about the Chesapeake Appalachia’s proposed plan to dump drilling wastewater into an unused Pulteney well. Since then, two petitions have started against the disposal, and meetings have been organized to talk about the impact.
The first meeting in opposition is Friday, Feb. 5 at the Pulteney Fire House, from 1 to 2 p.m. Walter Hang, toxicologist and president of Toxics Targeting, will hold a presentation on the deep well dumping called “Toxic Invasion: Predatory Corporation vs. Pulteney.”
A panel discussion meeting has also been scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Pulteney Fire Department. According to the Pulteney Pure Waters group, the panel will discuss the proposed dumping of wastewater in Pulteney. The primary guest speaker will be Congressman Eric Massa. He will be joined by Hang; Tony Ingraffea, Cornell University professor; Rachel Treichler, attorney and environmentalist; Art Hunt, owner of Hunt Country Vineyards; and Steve Coffman, author.
Treichler said two petitions in opposition started a week after the Jan. 14 meeting, created by Jeff and Jody Andrysick. One is for Pulteney residents asking for a moratorium on permits allowing deep disposal dumping within the town. The second is for Keuka Lake residents/taxpayers who are opposed to the well dumping. For more information on the petitions, call the Andrysicks at 607-868-7889.
Treichler added the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association has sent letters to Pulteney, urging them not to allow this. A Facebook group has also appeared, opposing the dumping. “Citizens Against Wastewater Disposal Well within ONE MILE of Keuka Lake” had just over 1,400 members Monday, Feb. 1, afternoon. The group asks members to contact the Department of Environmental Conservation and tell the state not to allow this.

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