NJ Senate Approves Fracking Waste Ban
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. June 25, 2012
The Senate has voted to give final legislative approval to a bill banning the treatment, disposal, or storage of fracking waste in New Jersey.
The measure now goes to Governor Chris Christie and New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel hopes Christie signs it into law.
“We’re concerned because last year when New Jersey banned fracking in the state, the governor conditionally vetoed a bill to make it a one year moratorium. So we really hope that the governor takes the side of clean water in New Jersey versus the big oil and gas companies who want to dump on New Jersey.”
Environment New Jersey interim director Doug O’Malley is also urging the governor to sign the bill.
“He should not support having that waste being dumped in our waterways. The fact that we had a bipartisan majority and eight Republican senators in the New Jersey Senate vote in favor of this ban speaks volumes.”
Environmentalists say New Jersey’s wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to handle the toxins found in fracking waste and dangerous chemicals could end up in the state’s rivers and groundwater.
© 2012 WBGO News
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