TRENTON – The head of the state chapter of the Sierra Club accused Gov. Chris Christie today of benefiting financially from the hydraulic fracturing method of gas-drilling, and questioned the governor’s ability to make impartial decisions regarding “fracking’’ and its possible future in New Jersey.
Jeff Tittel, state director of the Sierra Club, said today that Christie has “been making thousands of dollars off the dangerous drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing or fracking,” citing the governor’s recently released income tax return.
Spokesman for the governor, Michael Drewniak, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tittel said that since 2005, Christie has invested in a company called Ecosphere Technologies Inc. That company is “a diversified
Tittel said the company “pioneered Ozonix, which is a high-volume,
“Fracking involves injecting close to 600 chemicals mixed with
Tittel pointed to $28,435 in earnings from the company stock – purchased in 2005 and moved into a blind trust when Christie ran for governor – as the reason “the Governor and New Jersey have taken such a weak stance on fracking.”
“The Governor must have thought fracking was a good investment despite the mounting scientific evidence of the toxic impacts to our
In August, the Legislature passed a bipartisan bill to ban fracking in New Jersey, which Christie conditionally vetoed, imposing a one-year moratorium. Tittel said that was Christie “taking the side of the gas and fracking industry, and his stock shares, over the people of New Jersey.”
On Nov. 21, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will vote on whether to lift the multistate moratorium on fracking, and Christie is said to have the deciding vote.
“Governor Christie has a vote on the DRBC but his representative has made statements supporting Pennsylvania’s right to drill over protecting the critical