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Beck Fracking Legislation Passes Environment & Energy Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck and co-sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman that establishes a moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing in New Jersey has passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

“We just don’t really know all the risks associated with hydraulic fracturing,” said Beck (R-Monmouth). “I have heard from many residents and they are vocally concerned about fracking in New Jersey. And while there is currently no fracking in our state, this bill will ensure that the process is safe before we even consider the practice’s permissibility here.”

The drilling technique known as “fracking” uses a variety of potentially dangerous chemicals and materials that can contaminate surface and ground waters. The bill imposes a fracking moratorium until the federal laws that exempt the underground injection of hazardous chemicals from coverage are removed, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Water Pollution Control Act.

The practice of fracking allows for the exploration and production of natural gas. In June 2010, there was an uncontrolled release of many gallons of contaminated water and natural gas from a hydraulic fracturing drill site in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

“While fracking is not currently performed in New Jersey, this bill will ensure that the process is safe before it even starts,” said Bateman (R- Somerset). “We need the federal laws to

acknowledge the danger and not shield would-be frackers from potential liability. If allowed, we must be able to ensure our residents that their natural resources are not in danger.”

Senate Bill 1376 passed the Senate Environment Committee today by a vote of 4-0, it advances to the full Senate for consideration.

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