NJ governor wants full fracking ban in the Delaware River Basin

Murphy announces fracking ban

DAVID LEVINSKY / THE INTELLIGENCER – Gov. Phil Murphy voiced his strong support for a full ban on hydraulic gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin on Wednesday, including the import, treatment and discharge of wastewater from the drilling, commonly called “fracking.”

Murphy announced his position in a letter to the Delaware River Basin Commission, the bi-state agency that oversees water resources across the entire Delaware River watershed in New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania.

The governors in each of the four states are a voting member of the commission, along with a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The commission created a de facto moratorium on fracking in 2010 and extended it indefinitely in November 2011, when it delayed enacting regulations that would have allowed drilling to occur …

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