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New Jersey enacts one-year drilling moratorium

By Bob Downing Published: January 10, 2012

The New Jersey Legislature late Monday accepted Gov. Chris Christie's recommendation for a one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing or fracking in drilling for natural gas.

The state was also mulling a total ban on the drilling practice that the industry says is needed and is safe. Critics contend that it may pollute drinking water and threaten public health.

The Senate and Assembly accepted Christie's conditional veto of legislation banning fracking outright.

The governor had returned the bill to the Legislature in August with the recommendation that the ban be lifted in one year rather than a permanent ban.

Environmentalists had pushed the Democratic-controlled Legislature  to override the governor's conditional veto, but that didn't happen.

The decision is largely symbolic because New Jersey is not a big shale natural gas state.

The decision




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