Gov. Christie Flouts Legislature and Public Will by Vetoing Bill to Ban Fracking

Too bad Chris Christie caved to industry pressure. As the North Country Gazette reports:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed the New Jersey Ban Bill Thursday, 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, environmentalist groups cried.

Back in June, the NJ Legislature overwhelming passed a bill to ban fracking in NJ. In the Senate the vote went 33 Yes to 1 No (6 Not Voting); and in the Assembly 58 Yes, to 11 No (2 Not Voting, 8 Abstains). But yet Christie decided, "there's an 'incomplete public record' on the fallout from fracking, and that the state's department of environmental protection would have to further study the topic," according to the Star-Ledger. And of course “further study” usually means that folks get to start drilling and then the damage gets assessed later.

With the choice of protecting public health and the environment versus padding industry pockets, Christie went with the latter. As Jeff Tittel, Executive Director of NJ Sierra Club said:

The Governor has sold out clean water in New Jersey with his vetoing of the Fracking Ban Bill. His veto threatens drinking water and open spaces here in New Jersey because of the potential for fracking in the northwestern part of our state. Our Governor supports weak regulations at the Delaware River Basin Commission and supports gas lines that go through the Highlands coming from fracking in Pennsylvania. This shows Governor Christie is more concerned with the gas industry than the interest of the people of New Jersey.

AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at August 25, 2011, 8:45am

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