Assembly Environment Committee Votes to Ban Fracking Wastewater

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TRENTON – On Thursday, the Assembly Environment Committee passed a bill that would prohibit the treatment, discharge, disposal, or storage of any wastewater, or other byproducts resulting from the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as it is commonly known. The process is used to extract natural gas or oil deposits from the ground.

“All of the evidence we’ve seen to date has shown fracking to be a reckless endangerment to our environment and to the health of the general public,” said Assembly Environment Committee Chair L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex). “Thankfully, New Jersey is not taking part in this destructive practice but we should not be forced to harbor the contaminants from other states that do. I’m pleased that our committee saw it fit to advance this bill today.”

The bill, (A-575), is supported by environmentalists.

“We applaud the Assembly Environment Committee for standing up and stop fracking waste from being dumped in New Jersey. We need to protect our waterways, roadways and 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. We need to ban fracking waste in New Jersey if we want to protect our rivers and our land from these chemicals. We already have enough toxic sites and pollution in our waterways, we do not need anymore. Stop dumping on New Jersey,” said Tittel. “It’s bad enough that the Delaware River may be threatened by fracking, do we really need to import the waste?”

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