Fracking foes get their wish – Perdue vetoes bill to allow controversial drilling practice

Gov. Bev Perdue issued her third veto in less than a week on Sunday, rejecting legislation that would have permitted a controversial process for extracting natural gas known as “fracking.

In vetoing Senate Bill 820, the governor made it clear she supports hydraulic fracturing, but believes the bill put forth by the legislature failed to provide the necessary safeguards.

“I support energy policies that create jobs and lower costs for businesses and families,” Gov. Perdue said. “Our drinking water and the health and safety of North Carolina’s families are too important; we can’t put them in jeopardy by rushing to allow fracking without proper safeguards.”

In May, Gov. Perdue issued an Executive Order demanding high standards for shale gas development before drilling could begin.

The governor has pledged that if the General Assembly will improve upon SB820, she will sign the bill.


  1. Carol Rawleigh

    July 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Will the bill with higher standards be accommpanied by the budget to enforce them?

  2. david esmay

    July 2, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Carol, you an bet the NC GOTP will not take a measured approach, but try to overrride the Governor’s veto. They do not have the best interests of the state or the people they represent in mind, just their pockets and those of the men who pay them to do their bidding.

  3. Frank Burns

    July 2, 2012 at 9:45 am

    The best interests of the state would be to proceed with all enthusiasm in getting this fracking process approved and started. Fracking has never hurt the environment. This was confirmed by the EPA. This will bring jobs, increased taxes, lower cost energy. There is no good reason to hold up the process.

    Here is a good video for your own education, it’s called Truthland. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTJaaeiuzSU

  4. James

    July 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Frank, you forgot to add that fracking will cure cancer, stop sea-level rise, wipe out toenail fungus, save the rainforests, eliminate obesity, stop abortions, establish English as the official language of god, create democracy in China, and make black people go away.

    It’s truly a miracle.

  5. david esmay

    July 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I don’t watch right-wing propaganda. The number of jobs would be miniscule, most of them temporary. Fracking does hurt the environment, this was confirmed by the EPA, natural gas prices are at all time lows, there is no reason to start this process.

  6. david esmay

    July 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

  7. Frank Burns

    July 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

    A reply comes to mind when I went through Army Airborne school, “you need to get your head out of your forth point of contact.” Look at the economic improvement to the states where fracking is going on. Again I have to constantly advise my liberal friends to look to the data, less on emotions.

  8. Frank Burns

    July 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Truthland is not propanda, Gasland is propoganda. Truthland is a a Pennsyvania farmer searching for the truth and not paying attention to the leftwing propoganda. She actually talks to the scientists and gets the data, not the spin. For instance these chemicals that are used in the facking process don’t amount to much more than dishwashing liquid. Wow, that really sounds hazardous. I’m underwhelmed by the left’s bogus science.

  9. Doug

    July 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Esmay knows as much about fracking as my cat !

  10. James

    July 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I went through Jump School at Benning too, Frank. The lesson I recall is, “Don’t stand in the door without a fucking parachute.”

    The number of homes in Pennsylvania with permanently contaminated wells is large and growing. Even our own Duke University … no bastion of liberal theology … has confirmed the problem. Even worse, the proposed North Carolina puts none of the recommended safeguards in place.

    When a family sells its land for fracking, it might as well be selling its children to pornographers. Short term cash in exchange for long-term misery.


  11. david esmay

    July 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Airborne qualified ‘ 79.

  12. Frank Burns

    July 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I’m pleased to see that you are airborne qualified as well. You therefore understand my message and it rings true. (You too David) The contaminated wells in Pennsyvania have nothing to do with fracking. You intentionally omitted that information.

    Families don’t have to sell their homes for fracking. They lease it for extraction of the natural gas, the land is not impacted by fracking which is a short term process done at the beginning. What I don’t appreciate from the left is making things up to create alarm. You all have learned lessons from the communists.

  13. […] second override was Perdue’s Sunday veto of the fracking […]

  14. Doug

    July 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Now I’ve finally figured out what happened to esmay. He must have hit the ground too hard !

  15. Doug

    July 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    The whole Democratic War on fossil fuels is nothing but a scam !

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