25 Jun '12, 10pm

New Jersey Senate Bans Treatment of Fracking Waste

New Jersey legislators approved legislation on Monday banning the treatment or storage of fracking waste in the state. The natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is not taking place in New Jersey. But legislators and environmentalists are concerned about the state’s proximity to Pennsylvania, a shale gas fracking hot spot that sends some drill cuttings and wastewater to nearby states, including New York, for processing and treatment. New York is also currently considering allowing fracking upstate. The New Jersey Assembly passed the ban last week, and the Senate voted for the bill Monday, sending it to Gov. Chris Christie for his signature. Officials with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection say that very little waste currently makes it into the state and that regulations are in place to ensure its safe handling. The New J...

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