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NJ: Say no to frack waste dumping

Dump Frack Waste in New Jersey? Absolutely Not! Let’s Move S253/A575!

delawareriverkeeper.org wrote on May 14, 2012:

The New Jersey Legislature has introduced A575, a bill that prohibits the treatment, discharge, disposal or storage in the State of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing. The Bill has not yet been scheduled for hearings before Assembly and Senate committees. The Legislature needs to act on this Bill now to protect us from fracking waste.

New Jersey is once again considering a permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the State – the Frack Ban Bill has been re-introduced for the 2012 session but has not yet been acted on. However, as the industry drills and fracks at increasing speed next door in Pennsylvania, as New York State inches closer to considering allowing fracking to begin, as the Delaware River Basin Commission continues to consider lifting its gas drilling moratorium to allow drilling and fracking in the Delaware River Watershed, as the Utica Shale is being hailed as the “next frontier” by some drillers (and we have Utica and other shales here in New Jersey so we could see drilling here!), the threat of waste dumping from fracking grows in New Jersey.

New Jersey is not equipped and its treatment plants cannot handle the treatment, discharge or storage of this highly toxic waste.

There are no federal standards for how to safely process frack wastewater and New Jersey has none either.

To protect New Jersey’s drinking water and communities, please call Assembly and Senate Members to ask that the Frack Waste Ban Bill be scheduled for hearings. Please take a moment to call your elected representatives and the members of the Assembly Environment Committee and Senate Environment and Energy Committee now and ask your representative to cosponsor S253/A575.

To find your Legislator go to: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp

Tell them:

  • Frack waste is highly toxic and will pollute our water and communities
  • New Jersey’s waste facilities are not designed to safely process this hazardous material
  • There are no federal or New Jersey treatment standards for how to safely process frack wastewater
  • Please co-sponsor A575 and S253, the Frack Waste Ban Bill

For information on fracking’s impacts on New Jersey and the struggle for a ban in the State: http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/resources/Factsheets/Frack%20Ban%20in%20NJ%202012.pdf

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Chair – Ms. L. Grace Spencer (Dist. 29): (973) 624-1730
Mr. Reed Gusciora (Dist. 15): (609) 292-0500
Mr. Peter Barnes (Dist. 18): (732) 548-1406
Mr. Matthew W. Milam (Dist. 1): (609) 465-0700
Mr. Ruben J. Ramos, Jr. (Dist. 33): (201) 714-4960
Mr. Scott Rudder (Dist. 8): (609) 654-1498
Ms. Holly Schepisi (Dist. 39): (201) 666-0881
Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald (Dist. 6): (856) 435-1247

Senate Environment and Energy Committee
Chair – Mr. Bob Smith (Dist. 17): (732) 752-0770
Vice- Chair — Ms. Linda Greenstein (Dist. 14): (609) 395-9911
Mr. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (Dist. 16): (908) 526-3600
Ms. Jennifer Beck (Dist. 11): (732) 933-1591
Mr. Jim Whelan (Dist. 2): (609) 383-1388

For more information and to send a letter to your representatives from our website go to: http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/act-now/urgent-details.aspx?Id=104