Some NJ Legislators Say No to Fracking Wastewater

New Jersey legislators—at least some of them—don’t want wastewater from Marcellus (and Utica) Shale gas drilling in their state. New legislation is now making its way through the NJ state Assembly:

Wastewater from natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania and other states could not be treated in New Jersey under a bill advancing in the state Assembly.

The Environmental Committee released legislation Monday that bans the shipping, transporting and treating of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The hearing followed the delay of a key vote by the Delaware River Basin Commission establishing regulations for drilling in the watershed.

While New Jersey has no shale deposits, fracking opponents says it could become a receptacle for wastewater treatment from other states.*

*Ithaca Journal (Nov 29, 2011) – NJ bill to ban ‘fracking’ wastewater advances