MSC Statement on NJ Gov. Christie’s One-Year Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium

FLASHBACK: Christie Pulls New Jersey From 10-State Climate Initiative “because [state] is relying more on natural gas…to fill its energy needs” (5/26/11)

Canonsburg, PA – Marcellus Shale Coalition president and executive director Kathryn Z. Klaber issued the following statement regarding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to enact a one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing:

“Our industry is deeply disappointed by Gov. Christie’s decision. While the Marcellus Shale formation does not underlie enough of New Jersey to make it economical to produce, and no natural gas producers are actively seeking to explore for natural gas in the Garden State, this policy sends the wrong message to an entire nation benefitting from the responsible production of clean-burning, American natural gas. Further, the governor’s decision runs contrary to his understandable and laudable promotion of the expanded use of natural gas in his state’s energy mix.”

NOTE: In May, Klaber wrote the governor, urging him to veto the legislation.