Murphy says N.J. joins neighbors in opposing fracking

(Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

(Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey is joining Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania in support of a regional ban on hydraulic fracturing.

Murphy, a Democrat, announced the decision on the banks of the Delaware River in Phillipsburg Thursday.

The decision comes after the Delaware River Basin Commission, a regional regulatory body, voted last year to begin considering a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. New Jersey under Republican Gov. Chris Christie abstained from the vote.

Murphy also sent a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, also a Democrat, saying that New Jersey would not allow “dangerous exploratory activities.”

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Fracking entails pumping water into the earth to release natural gas. It has been in the news since natural gas was found in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region about a decade ago.

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