TRENTON – The state Department of Environmental Protection is seeking to limit the number of wells that can be drilled for natural gas development projects.
DEP Commissioner Bob Martin urged the Delaware River Basin Commission Friday to move with great caution on developing natural gas production regulations, particularly with regards to the controversial procedure of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
The DEP stated that it wants to protect natural resources and drinking
Martin said the DRBC should allow no more than 30 production well pads, not to exceed 300 production wells in total, within two years after adopting the regulations. In addition, the agency also wants to make sure wastewater discharges from “fracking” operations, such as unregulated contaminants, doesn’t compromise the river basin.
“We will vigilantly ensure that our
He said the state will not agree to any discharge of fracking wastewater until it can be proven that such discharges are not harmful to
“While protecting the
“But New Jersey believes it is imperative that the DRBC move cautiously when authorizing the development of natural gas in the Basin,” said Martin. “We must work toward guaranteeing that the environmental integrity of the Delaware River Basin is forever protected.”
Martin said New Jersey would require the following:
1) proper management and disposal of the waste material derived from the fracking process;
2) that sources of
3) evidence that
“Without these conditions in place, natural gas development activities in the Delaware River Basin will be unacceptable,” wrote Martin.
“Fracking” uses high volumes of
While no drilling would occur in New Jersey, as many as 10,000 wells could be drilled in the Delaware River Basin in Pennsylvania and New York.