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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) announced today it is rescinding its “Rising Star” award given to Rep. Susi Hamilton on June 20. The award was given to Hamilton for her pro-environmental record in her first term as a legislator at NCLCV’s annual Green Tie Award dinner in Raleigh. Representative Hamilton voted to override Governor Beverly Perdue’s courageous veto of SB 820, an ill-conceived, controversial bill which would allow fracking in North Carolina without insuring the proper safeguards to protect public health, drinking water, and property rights.

This is bold step that the organization is not taking lightly. “Politics is not a zero sum game and other awardees have made choices that we did not agree with. However, the circumstances, timing, and weight of this issue warrants a significant response,” said Nina Szlosberg-Landis, president of NCLCV. “Our members put a lot of trust in this organization, and we do not take that trust lightly,” she went on to say.

Board members, supporters, and past Green Tie award winners began contacting the organization early on Monday after learning Hamilton was brokering a deal with Republican leadership to “trade her vote” on the fracking override to secure an extension of tax incentives for the movie industry, buried in a technical corrections bill. The tax incentive Hamilton sought had been championed by New Hanover County Republican Lawmaker Danny McComas, and likely would have happened regardless of how Hamilton voted.

“Last night Captain America prevailed over clean drinking water and the property rights of North Carolinians,” said Dan Crawford, director of governmental relations for NCLCV. “We found out that even this Green Tie Award winner “has her price.” This was too big of a vote to sell out the environment on an issue that will change the landscape of our state for years to come,” he concluded.

NCLCV works to hold decision makers accountable for their actions through a legislative scorecard and political action. “Green Tie award ceremonies are nice, but we do the bulk of our work in electing pro-conservation minded candidates to the General Assembly. New Hanover County deserves someone that will better balance the environmental impacts of the decisions they make; we will work to ensure that in future elections,” Crawford added.

“I am deeply saddened by Hamilton’s decision. Particularly because we had such high hopes for her in the future,” Szlosberg-Landis said. “Our job now is to look ahead. To continue to recruit, support, and elect lawmakers who respect our citizens’ rights for a clean, healthy and prosperous North Carolina. Mark my words. We will do just that.”

The organization will deliver a letter to Hamilton’s office today, asking that she return the NCLCV Rising Star award plaque.

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  • Five-five

    “apparently, fluid from the well got into an unmapped fault line that was already under stress.”

    …so, it looks like it wasn’t fracking per se, but instead fracking combined with pressure on an unmapped fault line, which is an altogether different issue.

    Thus, a stricter set of fracking rules would seem prudent and reasonable.

    Too many environmental activists want to see fracking and other practices eliminated because of the dangers they pose. They fail to consider that everything we do can cause problems but that we can mitigate these problems with the assistance of science, technology, monitoring, regulation, and review, i.e., human brainpower.

    Too often, environmental activists forget that we possess and can use human brainpower to solve these problems. They grossly overstate their case and grossly understate mitigative measures because their real motivation is the hated of technological civilization.

    This is the real battle line: those who have faith in human achievement and ingenuity and those who do not.

  • eGuest

    Remember those earthquakes in Ohio seismologists from Columbia University thought could be caused by activities related to natural gas fracking? Well it looks like the experts were on the right track. Last week the Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued the strictest set of fracking-related rules in the country, based on a preliminary report linking last December’s seismological events around Youngstown to the injection of fracking wastewater into a fracking brine disposal well.
    Source: Clean Technica (http://s.tt/179tG)We do sit on a fault line people

  • Erlkoenig

    franking sank the Titanic

  • Erlkoenig

    Like the old saying goes, the enemy of America’s enemy is my friend

  • Truthseeker

    Who cares about your award. The only ones are you environmental wacko nut jobs who are so liberal you think Obama is God. Your actions have prevented positive enduring business propositions for this area and I detest your actions. I’ll do my best to ensure Representative Hamilton gets more votes than you nut jobs can muster, believe it!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Finally, someone shallower than me!

  • Guest45879632

    because she’s hot. I wouldn’t care if she wanted to let them do some fracking in the middle of Airlie Gardens as long as she stays hot.

  • Ray James

    Sir, you area a sick puppy!!!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    …petroleum, natural gas, and coal in the ground and place our faith in windmills and battery powered, tiny plastic cars, right?

  • carol montgomery

    I can only hope that she will fully grasp the gravity of this matter and understand how deceived her supporters now feel. I am sad to have to question her integrity.

  • e guesr

    Hydraulic fracturing or fracking involves freeing the gas by injecting water into the earth, but that water needs to be disposed of when companies are done with it. Municipal water treatment plants aren’t designed to remove some of the contaminants found in the wastewater, including radioactive elements. A common practice is to re-inject it into the ground, a practice banned in some states.

  • eGuest

    Is that why they halted fracking in Ohio because ever since they started they started having small earthquakes there read up public avenger.We sit on a fault line should I say DUUUUUH

  • SusanK6461

    If you look between all the “clever” names you’ve conjured up, I can’t find one intelligent thought. I’m guessing you’re either in school or never made it through school. Or you’d just rather go with misinformation spewed by the media. Please do not procreate.

  • PublicAvenger

    Good for her. I’d rather have 10,000 new jobs for people in NC, then some wierdo, hippie, hypricrite, New World Order, tree hugger, giving her some useless award. By the way, fracking has been proven harmless. It is an answer to our prayers. It will make us energy independent, adding billions to our economy.

    They can take their award and give it to some bald, bearded, child-raping, troll, ‘ecologist’. He’s more their type.

  • taxpayer

    more room on her fireplace mantel.

  • eGuest

    So did our brain power come to play in the Gulf where millions of gallons of oil was pumped into our ocean through our faith in human achievement and ingenuity and I guess that was grossly overstated and we see how science fixed that,They still having problems there and will so for many year to come.So by saying that why don’t you have the fracking in your backyard where you see it up close and personal.


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