New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation to permanently outlaw hydraulic fracturing, saying more studies are needed before the state proceeds with such an action. "I am placing a one-year moratorium on fracking so that the [state Department of Environmental Protection] can further evaluate the potential environmental impacts of this practice in New Jersey as well as evaluate the findings of still outstanding and ongoing federal studies," Christie said. The policy "sends the wrong message to an entire nation," said Kathryn Klaber, the Marcellus Shale Coalition's president and executive director.

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