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Governor Murphy Calls for Full Fracking Ban in Delaware River Basin
Rejects Wastewater Disposal and Freshwater Extraction in Delaware River Basin Region
January 30, 2019
Trenton, N.J. – In a letter sent to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Executive Director, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced he will vote in support of a permanent ban on fracking. As well as and its associated activities. That’s including the treatment, discharge, storage and disposal of fracking waste in the Delaware River Basin. In order for a full ban to move forward, a majority of the five DRBC members, which includes governors of Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania, as well as the Army Corp of Engineers—must also vote in support.
A statement follows from Kim Ong, Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):
In conclusion, Governor Murphy taking a courageous stand to defend the drinking water source for over 17 million Americans. Finally, a full ban is protecting people’s health from toxic wastewater. Also preserving the region’s freshwater supplies. So the industry cannot drain them to frack in other parts of the country. They now must be looking to the other governors represented on the Delaware River Basin Commission. Thereby following New Jersey’s lead.
Source: The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization www.nrdc.org.