Senate overrides two of Governor’s vetoes

It took the NC Senate less than an hour to override two of Governor Perdue’s vetoes on Monday.

First the Senate overturned Perdue’s veto of Senate Bill 416, the Racial Justice Act repeal, along party lines, 31-11. Senate President Phil Berger  called the bill a “backdoor attempt to end the death penalty.”

The second override was Perdue’s Sunday veto of the fracking bill.

The 29-13 vote came despite emotional appeals by Senators Floyd McKissick and Ellie Kinnaird for lawmakers to be “exceedingly cautious” and make sure the necessary safeguards were in place before permitting this controversial type of drilling.

Both measures now head to the House for consideration.



  1. sundance kidd

    July 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Dalton said he supports fracking bill, N&O. What are he and his campaign staff smoking this morning? Walk this statement back, now.

  2. Frank Burns

    July 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    All sensible citizens (even Democrats) support fracking. It’s the environmentalist nuts (advocacy groups) that are against fracking.

  3. Dallas Woodhouse

    July 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Americans for Prosperity today applauds Lt. Governor Walter Dalton on his stance that the state of North Carolina should begin a process that could eventually allow for exploration of our homegrown energy resources.

    Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory has long had strong position in support of creating energy jobs in North Carolina and lowering energy costs. As the North Carolina State House moves to consider Governor Perdue’s veto of the Clean Energy and Economic Security Act, we urge all members of the State House to stand with their political parties nominees for Governor and support the override to create safe clean energy jobs.”

    Dallas Woodhouse
    Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina State Director

  4. Doug

    July 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    The Democratic War on fossil fuels is a huge job killer in this country. With the right leadership we could become energy independent in 3 years !

  5. William Dean

    July 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    To Frank Burns: I’m not an “environmental nut”, but my farm that supports and supplies my family and 21 animals clean drinking water, lies directly over the shale deposits in northern Moore County. I am concerned that the gas companies (like in MANY DOCUMENTED CASES before) are not going to respect my land or water supply and it will be contaminated. So, my question is this, in a few years when my water is unsafe to drink, will you come over and have a glass with me? Or are you going to sit where you live and dictate the use of my land by majority rule?

  6. david esmay

    July 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    William, they don’t care, the GOP and the right wing nuts who support them , see the Earth as a milf. Conservatives don’t conserve, it’s an oxymoron.

  7. Frank Burns

    July 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    To William Dean: You are fortunate and will be able to get additional income from your farm by collecting the natural gas. THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTED CASES WHERE THE GROUNDWATER HAS BEEN CONTAMINATED BY FRACKING. NONE.

    So you haven’t got a thing to worry about. I’ll be pleased to have a glass of water with you. Watch this video, it will clear up a lot of the nonsense that’s going around on fracking.


  8. david esmay

    July 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    The Clean Energy and Economic Security Act is a disingenuous monicker for a bill that provides neither.

  9. david esmay

    July 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    William, Frank’s youtube video is complete b.s.

  10. Jeff S

    July 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Oh really Frank?


    Honestly, I’m not sure why I bother. The idiocy in these comments are over the top. Energy Independence… pollution free mining… Next you’re going to try to tell me there’s a magic man in the sky who wants me to give him 10%. You guys are hilarious.

  11. Frank Burns

    July 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Jeff, you found one draft EPA report with lots of maybe’s and might’s, where are all these studies concluding that fracking pollutes the groundwater?

    Maybe you are going to try and convince me their is a magic gaia lady who rules mother earth and we all have return to our caves and let mother earth heal. You give me a break with your nonsense! Your green mythology is pathetic. Even Lovelock, your patron saint, admits this has become your religion.

  12. gregflynn

    July 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    You mentioned a movie (sorry I don’t watch documentaries) and other things not pertinent. – Frank Burns, June 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

    “Truthland” produced Energy In Depth, a project of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the national trade association representing 6,000 U.S. oil and gas companies that drill 95% of the nation’s wells.
    2011 Total Federal Lobbying Expenditures: $1,323,609
    2010 Total Federal Lobbying Expenditures: $1,185,774
    2009 Total Federal Lobbying Expenditures: $1,759,146
    2008 Total Federal Lobbying Expenditures: $1,274,286

    Fracking Industry’s Answer to “Gasland”: Devised by Astroturf Lobbying Group and Political Ad Agency

    The EID planning document also reveals that Truthland was produced by Fred Davis, a prominent political ad maker who has filmed TV spots for George W. Bush and John McCain and was the leading strategist behind an inflammatory advertising campaign (“The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama”) prepared for the 2012 general election that attracted so much negative attention that Mitt Romney publicly distanced himself from its makers.

    Unfortunately, the environmental and health concerns about fracking that Truthland’s protagonist, Shelly Depue, determined to be “unfounded” after her trip have become a reality on her own property. In March, after a DePue neighbor outside Montrose, PA reported sludgy water and an “erupting” water well that was also determined to have unusually high methane levels, the Scranton Times-Tribune investigated and found that Tulsa, OK-based drilling company WPX Energy had been cited for environmental violations on multiple nearby wells in 2011, including on the Depues’ property, which they had leased to WPX (then Williams Production Appalachia) in July 2010. The violations were for “defective casing or cement … meant to protect aquifers [which contain drinking water] from gas and other fluids.”

    An industry infomercial doesn’t qualify as a documentary.

  13. Jeff S

    July 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Maybe you’re right Frank. Maybe natural gas fracking is the first mining drilling industry that doesn’t pollute. Anything’s possible right?

    The truth, and one that we both know, it that it doesn’t matter. Fracking proponents don’t care. There is a dollar to be made by people who will likely be dead by the time any consequences are felt. What’s more, even if it were felt sooner, you would gladly pass the burden of a cleanup back to the government. Not because you actually wanted it cleaned up, but because it would remove the financial liability. All profit, no personal risk. What’s not to like right?

  14. Frank Burns

    July 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Fracking proponents do care and citizens who want progress for the state like myself care. Everything we do has risks. When you cross the stree there is a risk. Risks can be eliminated by proper installation. The NC office of the environment agrees. Gov Perdue agreed as well until all of you nattering nabobs of negativity started whining. It’s a win win for the state and we should proceed.

  15. Rip

    July 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm


    When I see a video of someone lighting the gas fumes coming from their kitchen sink faucet, I don’t need documentation.

    Common sense tells me there is contamination.

  16. Frank Burns

    July 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    You could use a refresher course on common sense. That just proved that there is gas within the groundwater already in the soil. A modest suggestion is to remove all that gas below the ground water so that it doesn’t continue to contaminate.

  17. Rip

    July 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Well Frank if the sink didn’t become a fire hazard until after fracking started then….?

    You are grasping at straws as usual.

  18. Nora Gardner

    July 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Allowing fracking in North Carolina isn’t going to create any jobs for actual North Carolinians. The jobs are going to be given to people out of state that work for the companies.

  19. Nora Gardner

    July 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    And Frank, extracting gas that’s underground does cause sinks and increases the chance of earth tremors. This is fact regardless of your political stance.

  20. sundance kidd

    July 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    We must stand at midnight tonight or we have no democratic party in NC.

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