The editorial page of New Jersey's largest daily newspaper today urged Governor Chris Christie to sign into law legislation that would prohibit the treatment of wastewater produced by the controversial, natural gas drilling technique called hydrofracturing, or fracking.
The Star-Ledger Editorial Board wrote:
"New Jersey may not have any drilling going on, but Pennsylvania has a mother lode in the Marcellus Shale and has lifted most barriers to fracking, setting off a gold rush-like pace among drillers. Environment New Jersey, a green advocacy group, estimates more than 1.3 billion gallons of contaminated wastewater has already been produced in Pennsylvania. Some drillers have already sent toxic waste byproducts to New Jersey for treatment and disposal, to South Kearny, Elizabeth and Carteret.Governor Christie has not yet indicated whether he will sign the bill.
"That should come to a halt. A bill to ban New Jersey businesses from treating and disposing of fracking waste passed with overwhelming bipartisan support from both houses. And Gov. Chris Christie should sign it into law."
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