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Heartland Institute Reacts to N.J. Governor’s Fracking Moratorium


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a permanent ban on a natural gas drilling method known as fracking, but imposed a one-year moratorium on the practice to study the issue.
Energy and environment experts at The Heartland Institute, who oppose Christie’s move, offer their statements below for attribution. For additional comments refer to the contact information below:

“Gov. Christie’s moratorium on the hydraulic fracturing of shale gas wells is a terribly unfortunate mistake for the nation and his state. We do not need a year of study, as we have been hydraulically fracturing oil wells for well over 50 years with no significant harm to any groundwater supplies or impact of any kind on the environment.
“Sadly the governor is pandering to environmental zealots who simply oppose inexpensive energy for the nation, which would allow us to move forward economically. It should be obvious that these people oppose coal, off-shore drilling for oil, or development of some 16 billion barrels of oil that could be extracted from a mere 2,000 acres of the 19.3 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They favor only wind and solar for the obvious reason that they know those energy sources cannot move this nation forward – and not moving this nation forward is in fact their goal.
“Gov. Christie has played a very sensible environmental hand up to now, but caving to these people even for a year surely indicates a crack in what was previously an outstanding record of common sense for the citizens he serves. Jobs will be lost in New Jersey for years to come as a result of this decision.”
Jay Lehr
Science Director
The Heartland Institute
[email protected]
312/377-4000
________________________________________
“The production of natural gas through hydraulic fracturing is turning a previously bleak domestic energy outlook into a very promising domestic energy outlook. It is unfortunate that the heavily Democrat New Jersey legislature and Republican Gov. Chris Christie are pandering to fear-mongering rather than the scientific facts. After extensive study of hydraulic fracturing production, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has never found a single instance of drinking water contamination from hydraulic fracturing.
“By pandering to environmental activist groups and their fear-mongering assertions, Christie and the New Jersey legislature are taking the lead in rendering yet another valuable domestic energy source off-limits for environmentally friendly production. Political decisions have consequences. The consequences of moratoria on natural gas production are higher energy prices and lost opportunities to create high-paying private-sector jobs.”
James M. Taylor
Senior Fellow for Environment Policy
The Heartland Institute
[email protected]
941/776-5690
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“Gov. Christie’s conditional veto of the hydraulic fracturing ban is considerably more prudent than the alternative, but is unnecessary given the state’s lack of development potential. This action has little, if any, policy significance and serves only to empower environmental activists in nearby states to prevent safe development of their own proven resources. It would be a mistake if other localities used the governor’s decision to rationalize taking similar actions within their borders.”
John Monaghan
Legislative Specialist for Environment Policy
The Heartland Institute
[email protected]
312/377-4000
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The Heartland Institute is a 27-year-old national nonprofit organization with offices in Chicago, Illinois; Washington, DC; Austin, Texas; Tallahassee, Florida; and Columbus, Ohio. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site or call 312/377-4000.

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Wednesday, August 31 2011 @ 12:23 AM EDT
Dear Mr. President Obama, Gov. Cuomo
and all people who should protect your voters and the nation!

To allow immediately the extraction of natural gas at all places the DEC has already declared outside watersheds is the only way to save the future.
The economy hits rock bottom, the cure is in your hands but you gave the power to a group of environmental extremists. They want a perfect regulation but that is impossible. Not one kind of industry is without risks, not now and not in future. They are talking about environmental impacts caused by natural gas drilling. But they cannot exhibit any evidence, not one. They are just playing for time to find a basement for the own unfounded pronouncements and theses. They are talking about methane in aqueducts. Nobody ask first the person who has drilled the water well on the farm whether it has hit any methane shale. Just for example.
A lot of studies based on canards. That is a modern version of the inquisition.
They do not see more than the own tunnel straight ahead.
They will wait until the economic disaster is irreversible.
The U.S. economy is down.
Smaller companies will become insolvent, not just gas drillers.
A lot more people will be unemployed. Maybe some small town will die.
Infrastructures will be destroyed and the U.S. economy won’t be better.
Alone the current official plan to balance the debt won’t be sufficient, on the contrary.
Investors will be discouraged.
Every child knows that you cannot expect to get juice from a dry pressed fruit.
Certainly you can try other methods, from the other side or with more pressure, but it won’t work.
You have to find another fruit to get juice.
Your fruit is natural gas.
So just take back the responsibility from the DEC and take action, before it is too late.
Every day without natural gas drilling will be a month to repair the economic aftermath.
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