NC Gov. Vetoes Fracking Bill Over Lack Of Safeguards

Law360, Washington (July 2, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT) -- North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed a bill Sunday to make hydraulic fracturing legal in the state, claiming the legislation didn't contain enough safeguards to protect drinking water, municipalities or residents, a move her Republican opponents dubbed a “flip-flop.”

Perdue, a Democrat, expressed support for lifting the decades-long ban against fracking Sunday, despite vetoing the bill, claiming the state's General Assembly refused to add drinking water, land and regulatory protections to S.B. 820 before sending the bill to her desk.

The legislation would have legalized hydraulic...
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