The League of Women Voters of New Jersey, a non-partisan, political organization, is concerned about drinking water in our state. Whether it comes from wells, rivers and reservoirs, our water supply is threatened by impervious cover, storm-water runoff, industrial discharges, and landfill leachate.

Now Pennsylvania is expanding hydrofracking for natural gas at the same time Ohio’s disposal sites are being closed off. Hydrofracking waste has already contaminated Pennsylvania’s rivers and some shipments have been sent to New Jersey. A by-product called “brine” has been sold in rural New York as a road de-icer.

The Energy Act of 2005 exempts the oil and gas industry from complying with hazardous waste regulations, Clean Air, Water, and Safe Drinking Water Acts. Fracking waste includes natural radioactive materials and heavy metals. Chemicals used include endocrine disruptors which do damage at levels too low to screen and remove.

Our legislators understand the urgency of preventing this waste from being imported, processed, stored, or disposed of in our state. They passed S1041 by an overwhelming bi-partisan majority. We must protect our water supplies from contamination.   

Time is running out for the Governor to take action. He has until noon on Monday to either sign or veto the bill and may act earlier. Please urge Governor Christie to sign the bill to ban hydrofracking waste from NJ today (609-292-6000).

Toni Zimmer

President, League of Women Voters of New Jersey