The Future of Fracking in New Jersey

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Martin Milita

A senior director at Duane Morris Government Strategies, Martin Milita also has more than 10 years of experience at Holman Public Affairs, LLC. Recently, Martin Milita was recently named as the monitor of Mazza & Sons, Inc., a solid waste, transporting, and recycling company, by the state’s department of environmental protection. In addition to solid waste, New Jersey is also dealing with the issue of fracking.

Although fracking has caused domestic energy production to increase and consequently reduced the country’s dependence on certain energy sources, studies show it poses a risk to drinking water and other natural resources. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process through which natural gas is harvested from the ground by pumping water, chemicals, and sand into the pocket and forcing it into a collection system. The process creates waste that is usually treated and emptied into rivers or injected deep into the ground.

New Jersey—where pipelines run from Pennsylvania to New York, wastewater is treated, and a possible fracking location was recently discovered—banned fracking until 2013. In May 2014, the state senate passed a bill to ban fracking and wastewater treatment and transportation permanently. When the state senate passed a similar bill in 2011, Governor Chris Christie allowed it to go into effect for a year. The New Jersey ban is part of a larger effort in the northeast to tighten regulations on fracking and its wastewater.