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Another Friday Night Massacre – Christie Vetoes Fracking [Waste] Ban Bill

“NJ Comeback” Exposed As A Shocking Race To the Bottom

“The governor’s decision is a slap in the face of every New Jerseyan who cherishes clean water,”  ~~~ Senator Bob Gordon [D-Bergen]

In the ultimate Friday night massacre, just after Governor Christie issued an edict to threaten whistleblowers who release embarrassing financial data, the Governor  vetoed a bill [A575/S253]  that would have banned the processing and disposal of fracking wastewater and drilling wastes in NJ.

You can read the Governor’s Absolute Veto message here:

The Bergen Record reports:

Christie vetoes fracking waste legislation

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2012, 4:32 PM
Governor Christie today vetoed legislation that would have banned the treatment or disposal of waste from fracking, arguing that the ban would have been an illegal obstruction of interstate trade.
The bill’s sponsors, however, said Christie’s legal arguments are wrong, and environmentalists vowed to pressure the state legislature to override the governor’s veto. [...]
“The governor’s decision is a slap in the face of every New Jerseyan who cherishes clean water,” said state Sen. Robert Gordon, D-Fair Lawn, one of the ban’s sponsors.
Another sponsor, Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, D-Paramus, agreed. ‘For someone who talks so much about leadership,” she said of Christie, “it seems contradictory to punt on this issue when it could potentially put our residents in harm’s way while we wait for the federal government to take action.
“The prudent thing to do,” she said, “would be to halt these practices in any shape or form until we know for sure what harm, if any, they might pose.”
Gordon and Wagner also cited an opinion issued by the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services, which concluded the ban would not violate the Dormant Commerce Clause because the ban would have included fracking waste from New Jersey, so as not to discriminate among states.

Legislators took testimony and the bill was carefully crafted to avoid an impermissible burden on inter-state commerce. The bill was not only non-discriminatory with respect to commerce, it was grounded in and based on the legitimate State police power to protect public health and the water resources of the state from pollution. I testified on some of those issues, which arose out of NJ’s experience in blocking garbage imports.

The Governor’s political spin and excuse for the veto flat out contradicts independent Office of Legislative Services lawyers who confirmed that the bill would not restrict inter-state commerce.

In vetoing this bill, Gov. Christie is backing NJ business groups who strongly opposed the ban, arguing that it would limit jobs! As I wrote:

Shockingly, the NJ Business and Industry Association wants to turn the clock back 50 years, and return NJ to the waste importation capital of the Eastern seaboard – and more absurdly, do so on the basis of Republican political talking points: “job creation” (conveniently just presented to the Republican Governors Assc.).

Talk about a race to the bottom! NJ is Open For Business – we are competing to import toxic waste from Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia…!

So there it is – NJ is coming full circle.

But instead of taking Philadelphia and New York’s garbage, Governor Christie’s  ”New Jersey Comeback” will have us importing fracking wastewater to the Dupont facility in Deepwater - the treated fracking wastewater will then be discharged to the Delaware River.

But, as experts have warned, current wastewater treatment technology can not remove many of the pollutants in fracking wastewater, including radioactive compounds.

That should blend in to the background just nice, as that wastewater dilutes and flows down the Delaware river, past the Salem Nuclear Complex.

[ps - in all honesty, there is one thing that I agree with the Governor’s veto on - and I will chalk that up to a total lack of discipline by certain environmental group spokespersons, who were warned by colleagues not only to stay on message, but to avoid the minefields in inter-state restriction arguments:

Indeed, throughout the emotional and heated legislative hearings on this bill, the Fracking Waste produced in neighboring states was repeatedly referenced, demonstrating the impermissible, discriminatory intent and effect of Assembly Bill No. 575 to exclude out-of-state Fracking Waste in violation of the Dormant Commerce Clause.

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  1. Patrick Giles
    September 22nd, 2012 at 14:04 | #1

    For a Big Man with such little character & LOUSY excuse for a governor is now putting his team’s “spin” on fracking waste. You can find more backbone in a jelly fish than our present flip flopping two faced , fast talking, hot air balloon of lies & deceit “governor chrissy”. I have grown up camping , kayaking & fishing on the Deleware Water gap, 12 miles basin & beyond. At this time these waters are beautiful & pristine compared to our Ramapo , Passaic & Wanaque waterways. This bill which has changed more than Lady GaGa’s wardrobe is the ultimate middle finger to myself & fellow New Jerseyans from our back stabbing , back peddling ,grotesque figure head who calls himself the Governor. This has nothing to do with our states commerce it has everything to do with SPECIAL INTEREST & the many , many $’s DuPont & other major polluter’s use to “lobby” I mean line our “leader’s ” pockets for pushing this environmental DISASTER bill through & essentially compromising the health & well being of all who live & work in my home state of NJ. Am I opposed to cheaper energy ? – no , am I willing to support the grossly negligent & sure fire catastrophic bill that all but assures a HUGE irreversible impact on our fellow citizens health & well being NO !, I am not. I cannot even find the word’s to truly express my regret in this very stupid , short sighted , greedy Michelin Man doppleganger who calls himself NJ’s governor. WTG there Chrissy let’s just throw all the data & lessons learned out your Trenton window , ignore all our past mistakes & proceed to stockpile “the Garden state” with some of the most environmentally threatening chemicals & bi products known to science ! That’s really progress there ! Hey PA & OH don’t worry if you have ran out of room for your fracking waste bring it on down here it’s not like we are the most densely populated state in the union per square mile …oh wait , we are the most densely populated state in this country. This is not a fumble or gaffe , this is a strategic two face & double talk move on the NJ Michelin man’s part. He is a walking contradiction of politics & obviously is just another polluter’s puppet pulling the strings to raise the almighty profit BEFORE the health & safety of current & future generations of NJ residents. “Et tu Chrissy!?” I have been to Trenton , we have begged , pleaded , protested , amassed over 10,00 signatures coming close to 11 K at this time – yet he has no time to meet with us & sends us packing with the dumbest message I have ever heard. “PL residents to You I would say be careful what you wish for !” OK here is it what I wish. I wish for clean air , clean water & clean soil ….or is that too much. If so my 2nd wish is that we could take all the fracking waste & store it in your grotesque gullet instead of my beloved home state. History will not be kind to you Chrissy Christine , not at all, nor should it be, you backstabbing, back peddling, special interest lap dog.

    btw You can definitely count on me to fight this “environmental killer bill” the entire way & all the while using every single outlet at my disposal to STOP you from further poisoning myself & my neighbors. Oh Chrissy imo we should just kick you right the hell outta Trenton b/c you give politicians a bad name & that is no easy task there Michelin Man- now go hurry & book our helicopter so You can attend to personal business other than NJ legislature.

  2. September 24th, 2012 at 11:24 | #2

    Last I checked we have enough problems with pollution/contamination in NJ? I thought it was the job of our State Leader to keep our citizens and environment safe? Wow!!! I hope our State Senate and Assembly will override his veto!!!

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