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New Jersey governor calls for fracking ban in Delaware Watershed

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy joined the calls for a ban on fracking in the Delaware Watershed.

Murphy made the announcement during a visit to Phillipsburg, Warren County, on Thursday.

Murphy told a crowd of supporters that fracking, a process that injects pressurized liquid into the ground to fracture shale and extract natural gas, is dangerous and threatens the environment.

"It's a direct threat to our water and runs counter to our values,” Murphy said.

There is no fracking happening right now in New Jersey but environmental activists say they're glad to hear the governor wants to stop it before it starts.

"There are ways that we need to make sure we don't get dumped on here in New Jersey because of other states activity,” said Amy Goldsmith of Clean Water Action.

Fracking proponents say they're disappointed in Murphy's stance and say the fracking ban may hurt Pennsylvania economically.

"It flies in the face of settled science and commonsense environmental regulation, and would bring self-inflicted economic harm to the commonwealth,” the Marcellus Shale Coalition said in a statement to 69 News.

The Delaware River Basin Commission voted last year to consider a ban on fracking.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie abstained from the vote.

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