Charles Lane

At its regular legislative meeting, Suffolk County lawmakers moved to ban the use of hydrofracking waste and to ban smoking on the campus of the county Community College.  Lawmakers also heard arguments about a bill that would ban the sale of puppies coming from so-called puppy mills.  

A bill that would prohibit the storage or disposal of hydraulic fracking waste in Connecticut got the approval of a key legislative committee on Monday. Lawmakers on the state General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee voted 34 to 6 to move the bill forward.

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Hydro-fracking is used in many natural gas wells around the country, where millions of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals are pumped under the ground  to break apart rock and release gas.

A study  published on Monday in the Journal of Endocrinology  found hormone disrupting activity in the water at drill sites where spills had occurred.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he may not decide whether the sate should go ahead with hydro-fracking for natural gas until after the November 2014 elections.

An environmental group has given Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein its 2013 Oil Slick award, claiming the Senate Co-leader has done more than any other state legislator to harm the environment. 

Note:  A spokesman for Senator Klein reacted to the ranking, calling it “another cheap gimmick brought to you by the tea party of the left.” He said Klein not only opposes hydrofracking outright, but has been endorsed by nearly every environmental group in every election he has ever run in.