New York is considering allowing hydraulic fracturing in the Catskills. “Fracking” is a controversial method of drilling for natural gas beneath shale rock.
Environmentalists say gas drilling risks contaminated water wells and air pollution. The industry says those fears are exaggerated and that the process been used safely on tens of thousands of wells.
The measure before the Garden State’s Senate Environment Committee bans shipping, transporting, treating or disposing of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
The state Legislature passed a bill in June to permanently ban the procedure known as “fracking.” On Thursday, Christie sent it back with a conditional veto recommending that the ban be lifted in a year.
The process, called hydraulic fracturing or fracking, releases natural gas from rock thousands of feet underground.