Editorial: No reason for NJ to delay ban on others’ fracking waste

Murphy announces fracking ban

PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – There’s no drilling for natural gas in New Jersey, so there’s none of the fracking process that has opened up vast reserves of the energy source.

Given that, it makes sense to prohibit disposal of the waste from fracking — a byproduct of injecting a mix of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to free up natural gas — from this small and crowded state.

Gov. Chris Christie, backed more by industry than environmental groups, twice vetoed such a ban. Gov. Phil Murphy, whose support is the reverse, is expected to sign the bill if it reaches his desk. That would make New Jersey only the second state in the nation to ban fracking waste disposal …

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