New Jersey Bans Fracking Waste
June 27 2012 - New Jersey Bans Fracking Waste
The New Jersey Assembly yesterday approved legislation closing the state's borders to the liquid and solid waste generated from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
In a vote of 56-19-4, the full Assembly approved a ban prohibiting the state's wastewater facilities from processing or disposing of any byproduct from the drilling technique that involves piercing underground shale with a mixture of water, chemicals and sand to release gas.
Lobbyists for the fuel industry and other businesses have argued against the legislation, saying there are adequate regulations in place to ensure the safe treatment of fracking waste. New Jersey has already imposed a one-year moratorium on fracking itself. The measure now awaits final legislative approval by the full Senate.