NJ Gov. Vetoes Fracking Ban, Suggests 1-Year Freeze

Law360, New York (August 25, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday vetoed a permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state, instead opting for a proposed one-year moratorium on the controversial practice used in developing natural gas.

Christie said his conditional veto of legislation banning hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, strikes a balance between encouraging the development of cleaner energy and protecting New Jersey's environment and drinking water.

Fracking consists of blasting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into shale rock. With the potential for the chemicals to...
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