North Carolina environmentalists are savoring a small victory – knowing that legislators adjourned their July session without overriding Governor Perdue’s veto of Senate Bill 709, the Energy Jobs Act.
The controversial measure, introduced on the anniversary of the BP disaster, would promote offshore drilling and require Perdue to develop a regional compact with the governors of Virginia and South Carolina to advocate for drilling and exploration in federal waters. It also opens the door to fracking.
Sam Pearsall, a senior scientist with Environmental Defense Fund, joins us on News and Views this weekend to discuss the drawbacks of SB 709, which technically can still be considered when the General Assembly returns the week of September 12th.
Pearsall also discusses the Regulatory Reform Act, which did become law this week following a legislative override.
For a preview of Pearsall’s remarks on SB 781, click below: