Borough of Highland Park, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Highland Park as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 9-17-2013 by Ord. No. 13-1851]

§ 215-1 Hydraulic fracturing prohibited.

Drilling for natural gas using the drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and exploring for natural gas beyond the reconnaissance phase is prohibited within the Borough of Highland Park, Middlesex County, New Jersey.

§ 215-2 Definition.

[Added 10-20-2015 by Ord. No. 15-1895]
"Hydraulic fracturing" shall mean the drilling technique of expanding existing fractures or creating new fractures in rock by injecting water, often with chemicals, sand, or other substances, and often under pressure, into or underneath the surface of the rock for purposes, including, but not limited to, well drilling and natural gas exploration and production. The term "hydraulic fracturing" shall include "fracking," "hydrofracking," "hydrofracturing," and other colloquial terms for this drilling technique.

§ 215-3 Treatment, discharge, disposal or storage of waste and other byproducts prohibited.

[Added 10-20-2015 by Ord. No. 15-1895]
No wastewater, wastewater solids, sludge, drill cuttings or other byproducts resulting from hydraulic fracturing for the purpose of natural gas exploration or production may be treated, discharged, disposed of, applied to a roadway or otherwise released into the environment, or stored in the Borough of Highland Park.

§ 215-4 Violations and penalties; enforcement.

[Added 10-20-2015 by Ord. No. 15-1895]
A. 
Any person or entity violating the provisions of this article, upon conviction before a Municipal Court Judge of the Borough, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $2,500 and not more than $10,000 at the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.
B. 
In addition to any other remedies provided for in this article, the Borough Attorney, or his or her designee, may commence an action in the Superior Court of New Jersey to enjoin a person or entity that has violated this article and for any other appropriate remedies at law or equity.