Over 160 turn out, pass fracking ban

Lined up out the door waiting on the sidewalk in the cold to get in, filling town hall’s meeting room to capacity — standing room only — and overflowing into the smaller meeting room and the hallway, more than 160 people turned out to vote in Ridgefield’s fracking waste ban Wednesday night, Jan. 9. “We’re ecstatic. We’re actually humbled this … read more

Letter: Norwalk River Watershed Association supports fracking waste ban

To the Editor: The Norwalk River Watershed Association supports the passing of the ordinance to ban waste from oil and gas extraction, including fracking waste, that will be voted on by Ridgefield residents on Jan. 9. The current temporary moratorium on fracking waste in Connecticut has loopholes that potentially allow this waste to enter the state, and it includes a … read more

Fracking waste ban draws support from the public

Opposition to oil and gas fracking and use of byproducts from the process in Ridgefield was widely shared among about 25 Ridgefielders at a public hearing Saturday — suggesting, though some doubts and concerns were expressed, considerable support for an ordinance to ban reuse of fracking by-products that is scheduled for a town meeting vote Wednesday, Jan. 9. “Please do … read more

Fracking ban heads to hearing Saturday morning, vote Wednesday night

The town’s nearly year-long debate over a ban against “fracking” — hydraulic fracturing — and the reuse of wastes from the fracking process, which is used in oil and gas extraction, will likely come to a conclusion in the next week. A proposed anti-fracking ordinance petitioned for by more than 600 environmentally concerned citizens will go to a public hearing … read more

Anti-fracking proposal will get vote in January

An anti-fracking ordinance local environmentalists have been pushing for 11 months will go to a public hearing and town meeting early in the new year. Petitioners troubled by “fracking” — the hydraulic fracturing process used in oil and gas extraction — had collected signatures to force a town meeting on a proposed law banning fracking and also the use, storage … read more

Fracking petition gets enough signatures for town meeting

Petitioners seeking an anti-fracking ordinance in town have collected the necessary amount of signatures for a town meeting. Michael Garguilo, who organized the petition earlier this fall, told The Press on Nov. 9 that he had collected 674 signatures — “well above the needed 2%” for a town meeting. “We could have got even more if we weren’t just dads … read more

Anti-fracking law: Petitioners seek town meeting

Petitioners are collecting signatures to call a town meeting to consider adoption of an anti-fracking ordinance — one that would not only prohibit oil and gas fracking in town, but restrict the use of by-products from the process. “The ‘fracking waste’ petition has been met with huge support from people and businesses around town,” petition organizer Michael Gargiulo told The … read more

Anti-fracking ordinance: Petitioners seek town meeting

Petitioners are seeking a town meeting on a proposed anti-fracking ordinance. The wording of a petition for a town meeting to vote on an “ordinance prohibiting the storage, disposal or use of waste oil, and gas exploration or extraction activities or any derivative” has been reviewed and approved by Town Attorney Dave Grogins. “I hereby determine that the matters covered … read more

Fracking ban sparks debate, consensus eludes selectmen

Fracking — the hydraulic fracturing process used to help get hard-to-reach oil and gas out of the ground — and proposals aimed against fracking, and reuse of its wastes and byproducts, seem to have Ridgefield’s Board of Selectmen stymied. At their first meeting in September, the selectmen again delayed action on a proposed ban on use, storage, disposal or transportation … read more

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