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Proposed Delaware River Basin fracking ban sparks legislation

On May 16, 2019, Delaware Governor John Carey, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed a proclamation in support of a permanent fracking ban in the Delaware River Basin.

The Delaware River Basin is a 330-mile-long river watershed running through four states: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Since 1961, the Delaware River Basin Commission (“DRBC”), a regional interstate and federal agency, has managed the basin. The governors for the four basin states and the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the North Atlantic Division make up the voting members of the … Continue Reading

Delaware River Basin Commission to consider fracking ban

On Wednesday, the Delaware River Basin Commission voted to begin the rule making process that could lead to a fracking ban in parts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The Commission, which regulates the Delaware River watershed and is comprised of members from each of the above states and a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, now has until November 30 to draft its proposal.

The Delaware River watershed encompasses parts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware and provides drinking water to millions of people in the four states. It also encompasses territory rich … Continue Reading

Fracking dominates the November ballot

One of the most highly debated issues during the November election was the question of whether localities have the authority to enact fracking bans. Several cities throughout the country have attempted to enact prohibitions against hydraulic fracturing with varying degrees of success. Denton, Texas has become one of the latest cities to consider such a ban.

On November 4th, Denton residents voted on whether the city should enact a ban against hydraulic fracturing within the city limits. The measure passed with 59 percent of Denton residents voting in favor of the measure and 41 percent voting against it. The Denton … Continue Reading

Highland Park New Jersey bans hydraulic fracturing

On September 17, 2013, the governing council of Highland Park, New Jersey, a borough of nearly 14,000 citizens, passed the first local ordinance in the state that bans hydraulic fracturing within its borders. This ordinance was passed even though there has been no natural gas drilling or hydraulic fracturing within the borough or, for that matter in New Jersey.

The ordinance sets out concerns about the fluids and chemicals used in fracking causing adverse health effects and environmental impacts, that these chemicals contain radioactive elements and other toxic components, and that “there have been more than 1,000 documented cases of … Continue Reading

New Jersey Assembly Moves Along Fracking Ban Bill

On Monday, February 11, 2013, the New Jersey General Assembly advanced a bill that would permanently ban hydraulic fracturing in New Jersey. Bill A-567 advanced from the solid waste committee and will be sent to the general assembly for a vote.

While bill sponsor Connie Wagner, D-Bergen praised the bill as a response to “man-made disruption to the environment,” opponents of the bill worry that a ban on fracking discourages business and innovation in New Jersey.

Sara Bluhm of the New Jersey Business & Industry association questioned whether the Bill would discourage companies from creating jobs in New Jersey.
The … Continue Reading