TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Republican who represents Monmouth County shore communities is sponsoring legislation to extend a ban on gas drilling by hydraulic fracturing until the environmental consequences are determined.
Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon's bill would extend the ban on gas drilling or exploration by a technique known as fracking until federal regulators conclude an environmental impact study and the state Environmental Protection Department determines the moratorium can safely end.
Gov. Chris Christie signed a one-year fracking ban that is set to expire next month. The ban would end before the federal Environmental Protection Agency releases results of its study.
In New Jersey, environmentalists sought a permanent ban on fracking and on treating fracking wastewater from other states.
The measures are largely symbolic since New Jersey is not sitting on vast natural gas reserves.