HelpContact UsFOILSite Map

Custom Navigation

Living in Tompkins County linkLearning in Tompkins County linkVisiting Tompkins County linkBusiness in Tompkins County linkTompkins County Government link

County Bans Use of Hydrofracking Byproduct Brine on County Roads and Property

You are here:

You are here

> County Bans Use of Hydrofracking Byproduct Brine on County Roads and Property


Tompkins County seeks candidates for the position of Employee Health and Safety Coordinator. Details HERE . Apply by February 9.

REPOSTED.  Tompkins County seeks applicants for this important Human Resources position. Apply by Feb. 3, Updated details HERE.

Click HERE for information from the Tompkins County Health Department on tick disease prevention & to watch the NYSDOH video on how to remove a tick.

Injury from falling is a major risk for older adults and people with disabilities.  Click HERE to review information on how to prevent falls from the Office for the Aging.

The Health Department is providing flu vaccinations for adults at its building, 55 Brown Road, across from the Airport.  Call 274-6616 to schedule your appointment.  More information

previous next

County Bans Use of Hydrofracking Byproduct Brine on County Roads and Property

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Kathy Luz Herrera was excused), passed a resolution prohibiting the use on County roads and property of brine containing the byproducts from hydrofracking.

The measure "bans the spraying, depositing, placing of all hydrofracking byproducts, including brine liquid, upon roads and properties for which Tompkins County is responsible" and indicates that the prohibition will be reflected in relevant bidding documents and contracts. County officials have learned that there are certain areas adjacent to hydrofracking sites where roads are being sprayed with hydrofracking byproduct brine, for uses such as deicing and dust control. The measure notes that the Legislature recognizes the dangers of additional harmful contents contained within the fluid and, therefore, wishes to prohibit its use on County roads and properties.

Legislator Mike Lane inquired as to whether the County could pass a local law banning use of such fluid anywhere in the county, and Legislator Frank Proto suggested local stormwater regulations could offer some regulatory authority. Further investigation is in process.