- The Progressive Pulse - http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org -

This morning’s most outrageous statement by a corporate lobbyist

Posted By Rob Schofield On June 4, 2014 @ 8:49 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Sometimes, you just can’t make this stuff up.

Reporter Tyler Dukes of WRAL.com has a story this morning [1] about how developers are pushing hard from “reform” legislation that would further decimate North Carolina’s already rapidly disappearing wetlands. As Dukes reports:

“A proposal to roll back environmental rules long loathed by developers would remove protections for critical amphibian nurseries sprinkled across the state, environmental advocates say.

The General Assembly’s 60-page regulatory reform package [2], approved by the state Senate last week, affects so-called isolated wetlands, tiny plots of land disconnected from other waterways. Environmentalists say the habitats serve a vital function for wildlife and pollution control, especially farther from the coast, where other types of wetlands are more rare.”

But here’s the kicker — check out the response of state Home Builders Association lobbyist Lisa Martin:

There aren’t many isolated wetlands that are worth keeping. This has nothing to do with swampy, marshy, boggy, wetlands most people think of when they think of wetlands.” (Emphasis supplied.)
Gee, thanks, Lisa. We can’t think of anyone we’d trust more to issue the definitive assessment on which wetlands are “worth keeping.”

Article printed from The Progressive Pulse: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org

URL to article: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/04/this-mornings-most-outrageous-statement-by-a-corporate-lobbyist/

URLs in this post:

[1] a story this morning: http://www.wral.com/reforms-would-remove-most-isolated-wetland-protections/13697958/

[2] 60-page regulatory reform package: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=S734

[3] Surprise! Last minute “regulatory reform” bill includes polluter wish list : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/15/surprise-last-minute-regulatory-reform-bill-includes-polluter-wish-list/

[4] NC clean water rules under review…for being too tough : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/24/nc-clean-water-rules-under-review-for-being-too-tough/

[5] Your tax dollars at work…promoting specific religious beliefs : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/22/your-tax-dollars-at-work-promoting-specific-religious-beliefs/

Copyright © 2014 The Progressive Pulse. All rights reserved.