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New Jersey governor vetoes fracking wastewater ban

September 25, 2012
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TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Friday that would have banned the treatment or disposal of wastewater generated by hydraulic fracturing drilling operations in the state of New Jersey.

In January, Christie signed into law a bill that established a one-year moratorium on fracking in New Jersey and required the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct an investigation into whether fracking could have or is likely to have an adverse impact on New Jersey’s air and water quality.

In his veto message, Christie said he vetoed the bill because “such an absolute ban was premature.”

Christie also noted that fracking is not occurring and is unlikely to occur in New Jersey in the foreseeable future.

The lack of frackable shale formations in New Jersey is directly relevant to Assembly Bill No. 575 and is why, based on advice from the Office of the Attorney General, I must return this bill without my signature due to its unconstitutional nature,” Christie said.

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