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New Jersey and Fracking

Water Resources at Stake: Delaware River Basin, drinking water source for 3 million state residents

To date, no shale gas reserves have been identified in New Jersey. But the drinking water for millions of New Jerseyans comes from the Delaware River Basin – where fracking for gas is being considered. Which mean residents of the most densely populated state in the country have a lot to lose if an accident happens in frack-friendly Pennsylvania. Another reason New Jersey residents are up in arms about gas development: proposed gas pipelines that would crisscross the state and could help pave the way for a massive overseas export of gas from the Northeast.

Below is a map of some of the high profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's gas drilling boom that have already occurred in and around New Jersey. Click on any fraccident to learn more.

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Close Fracking Pollution Loopholes:

Tell Congress: It's time for them to stand up to industry and stand up for public health.

Thanks to exemptions from our bedrock environmental laws, oil and gas drilling operations don't have to follow the same rules as everyone else. Three bills introduced in Congress would change this: The FRESHER, BREATHE and FRAC Acts.

These bills would eliminate exemptions and loopholes in the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and Safe Drinking Water Act being exploited by the oil and gas industry. Please ask your member of Congress to support these bills! Take Action.

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