NJ Senate Committee Approves Bill To Ban Fracking Wastewater

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TRENTON — Today the state Senate Environment and Energy Committee unanimously approved a bill to protect New Jersey residents from fracking waste.

“Fracking” or hydraulic fracturing is a technique for obtaining oil or natural gas by pumping a high-pressure mix of water and chemicals into rock formations.

The bill (S-253) would prohibit the treatment, discharge, disposal, or storage of toxic fracking waste in New Jersey.

“We applaud the Senate Environment for standing up and stop fracking waste from being dumped in New Jersey. We need to protect our waterways, roadways and protect the people of New Jersey from these toxic chemicals,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.

“New Jersey has enough water pollution, we don’t need to bring more in from other states,” Tittel continued. “It’s bad enough that the Delaware River may be threatened by fracking, do we really need to import the waste?”

The fracking process creates millions of gallons of wastewater and solids for every new well drilled and each well can undergo the process multiple times. Some of the chemicals used in the process are known carcinogens.

“New Jersey cannot allow its water supplies to be held captive by multi-national oil and gas companies. We need this ban to protect New Jersey’s waters, economy, and public health. We cannot allow special interests to destroy New Jersey’s drinking water supplies in order to make a quick buck,” said Tittel.

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