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While we were all distracted by the possibility that New York State will allow fracking for natural gas , two big milestones in the battle to restrict the notoriously environmentally destructive process arrived on successive days: New Jersey bans fracking On June 29, New Jersey became the first state in the Union whose legislature passed a ban on fracking . The vote was overwhelming: After the New Jersey House passed the measure back in March, the state Senate passed it Wednesday with an overwhelming 33-1 vote. Predictably, fossil fuel industry front group Energy in Depth is urging governor Christie to veto the bill . But unlike his recent veto of the state's "millionaire's tax," the fracking ban appears to have more than enough support in both houses to survive even if Christie is true to form and decides to be a dick . New Jersey has hardly any shale deposits to be frack...

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