Princeton, NJ Looks to Ban Fracking

On Monday, in response to a USGS survey that indicates that there may be oil and gas reserves underneath Princeton, NJ, the town’s city council introduced an ordinance that would ban fracking.

The Princeton Packet reports that “Mayor [Liz] Lempert said the Environmental Commission recommended the ordinance as a way to prevent this potential threat. Other communities around the country have become vulnerable to drilling companies coming in and trying to access the gas, she said. The possibility of fracking is not an immediate threat, she said, but it is simple to pass the ordinance now and be protected.”

A public hearing on the proposed ordinance is scheduled for August 25.