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Environmentalists Want Fracking Waste Override

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. May 23, 2013

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Environmentalits on Statehouse steps urge lawmakers to override Christie fracking waste ban veto (Photo by Phil Gregory)

Environmental groups are urging New Jersey lawmakers to attempt an override of Governor Christie’s veto of a fracking waste ban before the Legislature’s summer break.

Jim Walsh is the state director for Food and Water Watch. He says landfills and water treatment facilities in New Jersey are not equipped to handle hazardous materials in the waste from fracking.

 “The Legislature took action to stop this practice from going forward, but the governor stood in the way of that. Really only an ostrich with its head in the sand would think dumping waste in New Jersey is the right thing to do.”

Christie rejected the ban last November, saying it would be an unconstitutional limit on interstate commerce.

New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel admits getting the Legislature to override that veto won’t be easy.

 “We know we have the support, but we have to turn that support into votes. The governor is a very powerful person, and a lot of legislators especially in the Republican caucus will have to stand up to the governor. That’s what’s key, but they can stand up for clean water.”

Spokesmen for the Democrats who control the Senate and Assembly say an override attempt has not been scheduled.

Every previous effort to override a Christie veto has failed.

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