Will Fracking Come to…New Jersey?!

Who knew that there’s a shale layer under much of New Jersey–called the Newark Basin–that may one day yield natural gas worth fracking? Delicious irony, because anti-drilling sentiment in the state runs strong and deep. But don’t hold your breath that fracking will arrive any time soon in NJ–there hasn’t been active oil and gas drilling in the state for decades–at least since 1985 when a law was passed directing the state Dept. of Environmental Protection to draw up regulations for drilling. They never did draft drilling regs because no one was interested in drilling in the state.

That may, however, change…

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