Posted April 12, 2012

The County Executive sends a clear message to the gas industry that Ulster County is committed to protecting the health and welfare of Ulster County

Kingston, N.Y. – Ulster County Executive Mike Hein today issued Executive Order Number One of 2012, which will ban the purchase of any liquid waste product from hydraulic fracturing operations (fracking waste brine) or the use of such fracking brine by any part of Ulster County government. This Executive Order is designed to compliment the Ulster County Legislators current proposed Local Law No. 1 of 2012. “This action is in accordance with my long standing concern for the environment and my profound concerns regarding  hydrofracking,” said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. “I cannot underestimate the importance of clean water to both the environment of Ulster County and to the health of our citizens. This Executive Order will send a clear message to the gas industry that the health and welfare of our citizens is not for sale. This Executive Order will compliment the Legislature’s proposed Local Law and I applaud my colleagues for their commitment to protect the land that we all love so much.” As County Executive, Mike Hein has the authority to immediately ban the use or purchase of fracking brines by Ulster County government. This action is a preventative measure intended to compensate for the time it will take for the Ulster County Legislature to adopt a local law banning the use of fracking waste brine by County government. Ulster County currently does not use any hydrofracking waste products on County roads. “I implore, for the safety of our County and the protection of our water for future generations, that the Legislature quickly move forward with a local law to outlaw the use of fracking brines,” continued County Executive Hein. “I anxiously look forward to a time when I can sign such legislation. I firmly believe fracking brine has no place in our County.” Legislator Tracey Bartels said, “Our environment is our most precious resource and it cannot be put up for sale to the lowest bidder. I commend County Executive Hein and all those weighing in on this issue for their commitment to our environment.” Ulster County Legislative Minority Leader Dave Donaldson said, “This type of coordination and collaboration is exactly why we transitioned to this new form of government. The County Executive’s Order in addition to the proposed Local Law will protect our residents and send a clear and timely statement to the gas industry.” Legislator Peter Loughran said, “The health of our children cannot be compromised. This action is a substantial first step in limiting the potential hazardous effects of Hydrofracking. I commend County Executive Hein for stepping out in front of the issue.” Legislator Don Gregorious said, “My constituents are speaking in one singular voice that we do not support hydrofracking and I am extremely grateful that Ulster County’s government clearly is speaking with the same level of unity.” Legislator Hector Rodriguez said, “Allowing the use of this type of materials on our roadways is ‘pennywise and pound foolish’. I am happy to see that the Legislature and Executive are in agreement that we must protect our residents from the dangers of Hydrofracking.” Legislator Jeanette Provenzano said, “The health of our children and the health of future generations is something that I cannot and will not compromise on. We must protect all of our residents and ensure that future generations can enjoy the same high quality of life that we have today.” Legislator T.J. Briggs said, “This Executive Order sends a very clear and specific message to the Hydrofracking industry, that until we are absolutely certain that their products are 100% environmentally safe, they are not welcome in Ulster County.”