From Food and Water Watch:
For Immediate Release: May 29, 2013
Contact: Rachel Dawn Davis, 201.707.6558
Shrewsbury Residents Pressure Assemblywoman Casagrande on Fracking Waste Ban Bill at Local Action
Action Comes Amid Statewide Campaign to Overturn Governor’s Veto of Bill Protecting State from Toxic Fracking Waste This Legislative Session
Shrewsbury, New Jersey – Local residents joined with activists and community leaders gathered today to call on Assemblywoman Casagrande to support an override of Governor Christie’s veto of the Fracking Waste Ban Bill. This is a call-in-day to demonstrate widespread support of passing this bill. The legislation would protect residents by banning the disposal, treatment and discharge of toxic waste created through the process of fracking, a highly controversial natural gas drilling method. The legislation was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support last year but NJ Governor Christie vetoed the legislation in September, caving to pressure from the oil and gas industry.
At the event activists dressed as ostriches, urging Casagrande not to “bury her head in the sand” but instead take immediate action to protect state residents. We are asking Assemblywoman Casagrande to continue to vote “yes” when legislation is put up for a vote and stay firm if in the event of a veto by Governor Christie in which case an override will be necessary.
This is not a political issue. This is a public health issue and one that poses serious risks to our children. We are due an override of the Governor’s veto by our public officials,” said Rachel Dawn Davis, NJ Organizer with Food & Water Watch.
New Jersey’s wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to handle the toxins found in fracking wastewater and cannot remove all the toxics before discharging the waste into public waterways. Fracking waste is exempted from critical federal protections regulating the disposal of hazardous waste and toxic materials.
“Dean’s Natural Food Markets takes pride in educating our communities about the issues that affect our lives and our planet. It is our responsibility to share our knowledge in an effort to make a difference. We will continue to support people’s right to know, so they may be able to make their own educated choices,” said Dean Nelson, owner.
Analysis from the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services confirms the constitutionality of the legislation, directly refuting the governor’s claims to the contrary. A recent study from Stony Brook University finds that the greatest risk of contamination of drinking water and environmental pollution from the fracking process occurs during the wastewater disposal period.
“Without water we do not exist. It is our duty as humans to do our best to protect it,” said Joy Brody, Small Business Owner