During a conference call Wednesday about the open letter, Walsh also referenced a recent study from Stony Brook University which found the greatest risk of drinking water contamination occurs during the waste water disposal process.
Sierra Club New Jersey Director Jeff Tittel noted the Governor’s decision to enact first the moratorium and then the full veto on a fracking waste bill demonstrates that “the Governor cares more about the big oil and gas companies than he does about the drinking water of New Jersey.”
“The governor in his signing statement said there’s not enough studies to show what the problems are,” says Tittell, and claims the Christie has it backwards.
“If we don’t know, we shouldn’t allow it to be dumped in our waterways.”
Tittel notes that since many Republicans went against the administration to vote for the bill originally, however those legislators will need to vote for it once again.
“It may not be as easy as for them since the governor vetoed it but they need to decide if they stand for clean water and they stand for protecting New Jersey and protecting public health.”
He adds they are concerned the moratorium on drilling in the Delaware Basin may get lifted after the election, and the flood gates could open for drilling and dumping in New Jersey and the surrounding area.
Sister Joan Kerry from the Group Water Spirit, a faith and ecology ministry, says there has been more than enough data presented to the Governor.
“We believe jeopardizing the life giving system of water is not only unsustainable but from a faith a spirituality prospective morally unacceptable.”