by Wade Dickey
Widener University Political Science Major
Fracking is a highly profitable industry, and a very cheap but efficient way to extract natural gas and oil from the earth. But the drilling and pumping of chemicals into the ground to extract oil causes major harm to our water sources, and that is why the people of New Jersey want fracking to be banned here. The New Jersey State Senate just passed legislation to ban fracking in the state by a 30-5 margin, and is now pressuring Governor Christie to make this into a law as soon as possible. This piece of legislation gained supporters when it was brought to light that fracking waste is already being shipped over to Jersey from Pennsylvania by chemical companies like DuPont. And if we decide to add to that contamination as a state I think it will only harm the people of New Jersey in a long run.
I think this is a good idea to sign this recently passed legislation into a law, because fracking in Pennsylvania has created 1.3 billion gallons of contaminated wastewater and their environment is paying the price for it. We should keep our water sources clean and the environment fracking free.