Fracking bill faces one more vote in the Senate, then moves to the NC House (video)

The NC Senate could give final approval as early as Thursday to a bill that would lift the state’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. Members passed the Energy Modernization Act Wednesday 33-13, despite appeals that more study was needed before allowing the state to begin issuing fracking permits in July of 2015.

Senator Buck Newton, a chief sponsor of the bill, criticized Democrats who repeatedly tried to amend the legislation:

“If five years isn’t long enough to figure out how to do it, when all the other states in the country
are figuring our how to do it, how long does it take? 100 years? 200 years? Never? Eternity?” questioned Newton.

Senator Gene McLaurin, an oil and gas company president representing Richmond County, acknowledged the energy bill had led to some soul-searching:

“I love this state too much to make what could be a hasty decision.”

McLaurin was among those voting against the bill Wednesday.

One more vote on Senate Bill 786, and the measure is off to the NC House.

To hear a portion of  the debate on the Senate floor, click below.

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2 Comments

  1. Dr. Robert Beck

    May 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I have two things to say: all of you teachers and state employees who support the majority party have your heads in the sand and why has the Richmond County Board of Education not signed on to challenge the voucher law? I wonder why?

  2. Purser William

    May 23, 2014 at 4:47 am

    It is unknown what long term effects fracturing the earths crust at depths will have on the stability of our region. Possibly more seismic activity or a sinking of the water table thru these fractures. This is unknown as fracking is so new. These studies should be done before we hop on the gold rush train!!!