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General Assembly



February Session, 2014

LCO No. 5512



Offered by:


REP. BOWLES, 42nd Dist.

REP. DILLON, 92nd Dist.


To: Senate Bill No. 237

File No. 125

Cal. No. 527

(As Amended by Senate Amendment Schedules "A" and "B")


Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2014) (a) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "Dispose" means the discharge, deposit, injection, dumping, spilling, leaking or placing of any waste into or on any land or water so that such waste, or any constituent of such waste, may enter the environment, be emitted into the air or discharged into any waters of the state;

(2) "Fluid" means any material or substance that flows or moves whether in semisolid, liquid, sludge, gas or any other form or state;

(3) "Gas" means all natural gas, whether hydrocarbon or nonhydrocarbon, including, but not limited to, hydrogen sulfide, helium, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen and casinghead gas;

(4) "Hydraulic fracturing" means the process of pumping a fluid into or under the surface of the ground in order to create fractures in rock for exploration, development, production or recovery of gas. "Hydraulic fracturing" does not include the drilling or repair of a geothermal water well or any other well drilled or repaired for drinking water purposes;

(5) "Person" means any individual, firm, partnership, association, syndicate, company, trust, corporation, limited liability company, municipality, agency or political or administrative subdivision of the state;

(6) "Store" means holding waste for a temporary period, at the end of which the waste is treated, disposed of or stored elsewhere;

(7) "Transfer" means to move from one vehicle to another or to move from one mode of transportation to another;

(8) "Treat" means any method, technique or process designed to change the physical, chemical or biological character or composition of any waste, including, but not limited to, the reclaiming or rendering of waste from hydraulic fracturing as suitable for use or reuse; and

(9) "Waste from hydraulic fracturing" means any wastewater, wastewater solids, brine, sludge, drill cuttings or any other substance used for or generated secondarily to the purpose of hydraulic fracturing.

(b) No person may accept, receive, collect, store, treat, transfer or dispose of waste from hydraulic fracturing, including, but not limited to, the discharge of wastewaters into or from a pollution abatement facility.

(c) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes, to enforce the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2014

New section