“Clean Water Trumps Fracking”

The good news for the environment is that we only have six more months of Chris Christie in the State House. The bad news is that we are just starting trump’s reign of error on the environment.

As the general public focuses its attention on trump’s collusion with Russia, on his asinine tweets, and on his crusade to keep America sick, we often lose focus on some of the other battles. One such battle is the quest to permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin as well as across the country.

Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, involves injecting millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the ground in order to force out natural gas. Of course, this toxic water has to go somewhere, and one of the places it ends up is in our drinking water supplies.

This afternoon, before delivering a petition with over 63,000 signatures urging a permanent ban on fracking to the governor’s office, a group of environmental leaders spoke on the steps of the State House Annex in Trenton. Of particular interest was Dave Pringle’s remarks noting the positive environmental legacies of every previous governor, regardless of party, since Brendan Byrne. Christie’s legacy is the first one that stresses destruction instead of environmental responsibility. Jeff Tittel of the NJ Sierra Club closed the presser with the mantra “Clean Water Trumps Fracking.”

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