Override Urged Of Fracking Waste Ban Veto
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. September 24, 2012
Environmental groups are urging New Jersey lawmakers to override Governor veto of a measure that would have banned the disposal of fracking wastewater in the Garden State.
The governor says he vetoed the bill because it was unconstitutional.
It’s simply unconstitutional to ban interstate commerce that affects all the other states but doesn’t affect your own, and since we don’t create any wastewater in the state because we don’t frack here a ban on that would be unconstitutional and would be found so by the courts.”
Environmentalists disagree and are concerned that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process could pose a threat to the state's drinking water.
Tracy Carluccio with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network says New Jersey does not have any treatment plants that can safety handle fracking waste.
“How can Governor Christie allow that waste to be brought into New Jersey when the Superfund law wouldn’t even apply should there be contamination after that plant is gone? This is totally irresponsible.”
Dave Pringle with the New Jersey Environment Federation urges the 17 Republican lawmakers who voted for the bill to support an override.
“People need to put good public policy and the state over their partisan interests or partisan fears. You can be in the same party as somebody and disagree with them regardless of how strong and powerful a leader they are.”
Every previous effort to override a Christie veto has failed.
© 2012 WBGO News
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