Phil Murphy the environmental crusader? Critics say his actions don’t make the grade

Murphy announces fracking ban

DUSTIN RACIOPPI and SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – In June, Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration denied permits to a controversial pipeline that would send natural gas from New Jersey under Raritan Bay to New York City — a move that environmentalists said reaffirmed the governor’s goals to move the state away from fossil fuels.

A week later, Murphy’s representative on the Delaware River Basin Commission voted with others to approve permits for a massive liquefied natural gas port on the Delaware River in Gloucester County that will allow a glut of gas fracked from Pennsylvania to be compressed and loaded onto ships for export.

Those two decisions —  seven days apart — capture what many see as Murphy’s inconsistency with environmental issues despite his forceful campaigning as a green candidate …

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