Thursday, June 30, 2011

N.J. Legislature Passes Hydraulic Fracturing Ban

The New Jersey state legislature passed a bill to ban hydraulic fracturing in the state.  The only thing standing in the way of it becoming law is Gov. Chris Christie's signature.  It will be interesting to see what he does since fraacking has become as much of a political issue as an environmental one.  Given all the people whispering in his ear about running for president, any decision he makes will have to balance larger political ambitions with local issues.  I know what I would do, but nobody asked me.

New Jersey, while known more as a place to store hydrocarbons than actually produce them, may have some shale exposure in the northwest corner of the state but probably not enough to make this action anything more than a symbolic gesture.  But it gives the anti-fracking folks the opportunity to chalk up a win in their column.

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