TRENTON – Sen. Bob Gordon (D-38), Fair Lawn, a prime sponsor of the legislation to ban the controversial natural gas extraction method known as “fracking,” has requested Senate President Steve Sweeney schedule an override vote, after Gov. Chris Christie issued a conditional veto on the bill, S2576.
He said the one-year moratorium Christie has recommended, instead of an outright ban, would do virtually nothing to halt future natural gas exploration possibilities through hydraulic fracturing, the official name of for the “fracking” procedure.
“While a longer moratorium might be acceptable, a one-year moratorium is meaningless. It is critical for us to send a signal to the natural gas industry and the Delaware River Basin Commission that we have grave concerns about this,” he said.
Environmental groups slammed the governor’s conditional veto of an important bill.
Jeff Tittel, executive director of Sierra Club of New Jersey, said the governor’s action is “more about public relations than about protecting the drinking water of New Jersey.
“A one-year moratorium is a joke.”