Environmental groups are urging New Jersey lawmakers to override Governor Christie’s fracking veto. The measure would have banned the disposal of fracking wastewater in the Garden State.
The governor says he vetoed the bill because it would be an unconstitutional regulation of interstate commerce.
Environmentalists disagree and are concerned that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process could pose a threat to the state’s drinking water.
Tracy Carluccio with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network says New Jersey does not have any plants that can safety handle fracking waste.
“How can Governor Christie allow that waste to be brought into New Jersey when the Superfund law wouldn’t even apply should there be contamination after that plant is gone? This is totally irresponsible.”
Environmental groups are urging the 17 Republican lawmakers who voted for the fracking waste ban to support an override effort. Every previous attempt to override a Christie veto has failed.