New Jersey

Coalition Calls for Override of Fracking Waste Ban Veto

Need Action by Legislature to Protect New Jersey's Waterways

Trenton, NJ - A broad coalition of environmental, community, labor and faith-based groups from around the state are calling on members of the New Jersey Legislature to put in place protections against toxic fracking waste. The Legislature passed the bill in June, but Gov. Christie announced his veto of the bill on Friday. The legislation bans the disposal, treatment, and discharge of waste created through the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas, and can still be put in place if the Legislature overrides the Governor's veto. At the campaign launch, the coalition unveiled the new symbol for the campaign, a dump truck meeting STOP signs.

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08/14/2014 - 12:46

New Jersey Groups Denounce Frack Waste Ban Veto

Trenton, N.J. - The Frack Waste Ban Bill (S1041) was passed by New Jersey's Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, then it landed on the desk of Governor Chris Christie for his approval. Unfortunately for residents of the State, our drinking water, and the environment the Governor vetoed the bill.

The bill prohibits the discharge, disposal, processing, storage, or application to a roadway in the State of waste from the process of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", for natural gas.

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08/09/2014 - 13:23

Urge NJ Legislators to Override Christie's Veto of Fracking Waste Ban Bill

fracking rally smallIn May, the a fracking waste ban bill (S1041) was sent to Governor Christie's desk by the Legislature.

However, the Governor put protecting the interests of polluters first and vetoed the bill.

groundswell RISING film screenings announced!

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Attend a film screening of groundswell RISING, the new documentary from Emmy Award-winning Resolution Pictures which captures the passion of people engaged in a David and Goliath confrontation of the fracking industry. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on actions being taken here in New Jersey to get protections from toxic fracking waste in place.

Download the Groundswell Rising Flyer Groundswell Rising Flyer (all dates)

Screening Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 9 @ 6:30 pm - Ocean City
    Ocean City Free Public Library
    1735 Simpson Ave, Ocean City, NJ.
    Download the Ocean City flyer
  • Saturday, April 26 @ 2:00 pm - Toms River
    Toms River Public Library, Mancini Hall
    101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ.
    Download the Toms River flyerFilm Director Renard Cohen will be joining us to discuss his experiences in communities impacted by gas drilling and to answer all your questions
  • Sunday, April 27 @ 4:00 pm - Long Branch
    Stella Maris Retreat Center, 981 Ocean Avenue, Elberon, NJ 07740
  • Thursday, May 1st at 7 pm - Wyckoff
    Wyckoff Public Library, 200 Woodland Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481
    This Screening of Groundswell Rising is the opening film for the First Annual FLOW (Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff) Green Film Festival, which is taking place on Thursdays during the Month of May at the Wyckoff Public Library. www.wyckoffgreenteam.org
  • Thursday, May 8th @ 7:00 pm - West Deptford
    RiverWinds Community Center
    1000 Riverwinds Dr., West Deptford, NJ
    Download the West Deptford flyer

Fracking in New Jersey

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Governor Christie

New Jersey Governor CV’s Frack Ban:
Environmental Organizations Cry Foul and Will Seek Over-ride!

Trenton, New Jersey – Today New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed the New Jersey Ban Bill (S-2576), flying in the face of the public and the New Jersey Legislature and forfeiting the opportunity to make New Jersey the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in modern times.  During the Senate’s session August 25, the Governor issued a conditional veto (CV) that set a one year moratorium on fracking in the State.  Environmental groups dismissed the moratorium as meaningless and vowed to work for an over-ride of the CV.  The Frack Ban Bill arose out of a public rallying cry for pro-active action by the State to prevent the water, land and air pollution that is occurring everywhere where fracking is being used to extract natural gas from deep geologic formations such as Marcellus and Utica Shale.     

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08/26/2011 - 12:14

TAURO: Reverse Christie veto of fracking waste ban

If Gov. Chris Christie won't stand up and fight to keep toxic waste from hydraulic fracturing out of New Jersey's drinking water and off our roadways, the New Jersey Legislature will have to step up to the plate.

The bipartisan majority of state senators and Assembly members who voted to ban fracking waste from New Jersey must stand by their vote, and place the protection of New Jersey's water and residents first. They need to stick together and override Christie's veto of a bill (S-1041/A-2108) that would have prohibited the discharge, processing or storage of fracking waste in the state.

Published Date: 
08/12/2014

Gov. Christie's veto of fracking waste ban is toxic for N.J.

Gov. Chris Christie has again relinquished the opportunity to take a firm stand for the health and well-being of New Jersey.

He has vetoed a bipartisan bill to ban the waste products of the natural gas extraction process known as fracking from shipment into the state for disposal.

While New Jersey has no fracking operations in place, Pennsylvania has been hard at harvesting the gas from deep underground deposits by injecting water at such high levels of pressure that it fractures the rock formations guarding the gas.

Published Date: 
08/12/2014

Fracking Waste Ban Veto Raises Question Of Override

New Jersey doesn't allow hydraulic fracturing or fracking for natural gas but it does allow the wastewater produced by fracking in Pennsylvania to be transported to sites like this one in Kearny for treatment or disposal and at least once that wastewater trucked to New Jersey registered radioactive levels that exceeded the site's permit.

New Jersey lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to ban receiving fracking waste but late Friday afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the bill, saying a ban would violate the U.S. constitution's interstate commerce clause.

But, two years ago, the NJ Office of Legislative Services said the ban would not violate the U.S. constitution.

Published Date: 
08/11/2014

Water Quality Month a good time to assess water usage, environmental impacts

August is National Water Quality Month and homeowners are encouraged to make sure their own water is clean and to take steps to avoid polluting municipal water supplies this month.

Clean Water Action, an organization dedicated to protecting the environment and water quality, recommends those living in New Jersey, and nationwide, avoid using antibacterial soaps and cleaners that contain triclosan - a pesticide known to harm fish and not flush unused or out-of-date medications down the drain or toilet.

Published Date: 
08/10/2014

Garbage Arguments: Battle Over Transfer Station Underscores City Trash Dilemma

While residents of the Upper East Side continue to fight the opening of a rebuilt Marine Transfer Station that would handle some of the island's waste, the true cost of New York City's trash output steadily grows.

No matter your view of the transfer station, though, one thing is clear: New York City's day-to-day approach to trash-shipping most of it elsewhere-is not fundamentally sustainable.

Kim Gaddy, a Newark resident and community organizer with Clean Water Action, described being on the receiving end of Manhattan's garbage as "a nightmare." "We have been fighting the Covanta [the plant's operators] facility for 20 years," she said.

Published Date: 
08/04/2014
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