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To the South: BREAKING–NC Gov Perdue Vetoes Fracking Bill

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This is big. NC Governor Bev Perdue has again taken on the state’s TeaPublicans. A pro-fracking bill to allow the process without any protections whatsoever goes down with today’s veto by Perdue of the state’s entry into fracking, currently prohibited by state law. The Tea/Big Oil/Gas  Republicans pushed the bill to the Governor’s desk.  

They did so despite environmental concerns, despite the proximity of a huge reservoir for drinking water serving populous Central North Carolina, despite that industry hacks would oversee the state’s entry into fracking, and despite an absence of any protections whatsover written in the law. They did so despite the proximity of a nuclear facility housing a nuclear power facility and the nations largest repository for spent fuel rods.  An earthquake near the Sharon Harris plant could be disastrous.

Perdue was not satisfied that drinking water, landowners, municipal and county governments and health and safety were protected in the bill. And she demanded that the General Assembly put such protections in the bill for her to sign it. So, unfortunately, Governor Perdue doesn’t totally oppose fracking.    

  • we have politicians – both Republicans and (disgracefully/sadly) Democrats – whose only question is how sloppy a wet kiss to plant on the hindquarters of the fossil fuel (or uranium for that matter) industry.

  • Dan Sullivan

    On the product (oil and gas), not the process even though no one has indicated an intention to frack just yet (it is happening next door in Rockingham). Apparently not a concern in the world about regulations or consequences.

  • Frankly, even if the ban is lifted eventually, having a good Democrat in the governor’s mansion can mean the difference between having protections for “drinking water, landowners, municipal and county governments and health and safety,” or not.

  • Progressive

    Good for Governor Perdue.

  • Pain

    Democrat votes to override governors veto.  By mistake.

    http://www.newsobserver.com/20

    Way to go, friend!  WooHoo.  Frack You!