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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A state representative from Wilmington is defending her vote that helped override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a bill on fracking. The vote is also earning Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) a lot of criticism.

“I think what we’ve done is traded clean water for North Carolina for unsure promises and for other issues,” Cape Fear Sierra Club Chairman Mac Montgomery said.

Despite what some environmentalists think, Hamilton says she voted monday night in the best interest of the environment. Hamilton, who has voted against proposals to explore fracking in the past, decided to vote against the governor’s veto. Depending on how you look at it, that vote made the difference.

“I believe very strongly that had we not compromised and passed this bill that, they would resurrect Senate Bill 709, or what I like to call ‘Drill, baby, drill,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton’s name was on a letter to Perdue last week, asking for her to veto the fracking bill. She says that was a miscommunication, and that she only wanted Perdue to veto one of the bills the letter addressed, not the fracking bill.

“I never saw the letter before it was sent out,” Hamilton said. “There was no malice intended there. Had I seen the letter before it went over to the governor’s office, I would have asked that my name be removed.”

Hamilton’s vote was also rumored to be part of a deal to extended state film incentives. She says that bill is a separate issue.

“There’s not a whole lot of trust between the parties up there right now,” Hamilton said. “I’ve been very plain my entire political career about wanting film incentives to stay in place.”

A Charlotte-area Democrat also voted for the override. Rep. Becky Carney says she hit the wrong voting button.

Meanwhile, Hamilton was recently named a “Rising Star” by the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters. Today that organization rescinded the award.

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  • Chuck L.

    What a JOKE she’s turned out to be!! She’s a GOP in hiding!
    May be the film people should film now before All hell breaks lose!!
    REMEMBER her NAME people!! The “FLIP-FLOP!! Don’t let up on her like she let up on us!! GREED won her over! She’s a LOSER NOW and a PROVEN LOSER!!

  • Guest9743

    You can now thank Chief Justice John Roberts, a repulican appointee for giving you the priviledge of reading it and knowing what’s in it….he really, really let a lot of republicans down but only a few have the testicular fortitude to admit it.

  • Will Ming

    She may be saying this, but she had to change the setting on her facebook wall so that people would stop posting negative comments like “sell out” and “I’m so disappointed.”

    She’s been around for one term and many, many other senior leaders completely disagree with her position. She has no idea what would be best for the environment in the longer term and only voted that way so that Wilmington would get $60 million in film incentives.

  • taxpayer

    the Dems in Congress said we have to pass this bill (Obamacare) to know what’s in it.

  • Rich

    I hope she’s ready to change her party affiliation before the next election. Hamilton whored away our water quality and land rights for one year of financial incentives. Very Republican, Susi.

  • Erlkoenig

    why stop there? Go ahead and blame fracking for the heat wave and Dawsons Creek being cancelled.

  • Vog46

    I don’t dislike Hamilton for flip flopping or compromising that’s what politicians should do.
    She voted without even reading what she was voting for. This is a reprehensible act of stupidity on any politicians part IMHO.
    I am all for energy independence but I’m not convinced that fracking is the answer as of yet. I would prefer they do the standard oil drilling off the coast to look for more oil. Heck they should erect wind farms off the coast as well.
    In this case we’re looking at 5 years worth(?) of gas. I wonder if that is worth the environmental risk. This is different then the situation in North Dakota where the known oil shale deposits contain millions of barrels of frackable oil and gas.
    Our level of importing oil has fallen over the last couple of years due in part to increases in domestic production – most of which is from fracking.
    Anyway, Hamilton is an idiot – not for voting FOR fracking but for not reading what she was voting for.

    Best Regards

  • KrisC

    An earthquake last year was thought to have been the result of fracking. Is this what we want, to blow up the world, because that is what is going to happen. If you want to see ecological disaster, just go and take a look at what strip mining in WVA did. They’ve hidden it pretty well from the road with landscaping, but it’s still there. The oil and gas people are one in the same. Blow everything to smithereens.

  • Erlkoenig

    Given that she is a Democrat I’m sure this is part of some back door deal. However, supporting America’s energy independence is always a good thing. Of course that will alienate the America-haters, AKA, liberals, Islamofascists, Obummunists, Bruce K.

  • Truthseeker

    Anything those environmental wackos support I am against so good job, you got my vote. These people are the ones who try to stop anything positive for the economy over their concern for their perverted view of how we should live. They try to stop Titan, the tire plant, caterpillar and have the southern end of the state void of anything positive for new business. To hell with them and I vote for anyone who goes opposite their cause. Chop a tree down and burn some plastic!

  • Guest 50

    Hamilton is an idiot. There is no nice way to put it except tell it like it is.

    Carny needs to get her act together. Something like this you don’t just accidentally hit the wrong button. When your mind isn’t on what you are suppose to be doing you mess up.

  • guesty

    Isn’t it odd she put her name on a letter she never saw or took the time to read.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Try to keep it up, okay? There may be hope for you yet.

  • Guesttoo

    Keep what up? Voting for something she didn’t read…or selling her vote to get film incentives extended?

    Her vote wasn’t driven by “common sense”, it was purely by accident that it went the way you wanted.

  • Very Sad Individual

    The environmental trade off for a measly 12 months of extended film incentives is just sad. It shows how a newly elected official who wants to have the title of “saving the film industry” was boxed in by a Republican controlled House and Senate. This would have been a good deal if the incentive was locked in on a permanent basis, but since fracking will be going on forever pandoras box has been opened. It is proven in other states that fracking is worse than anything the Titan Cement plant would be doing in our backyard, but this bill effects the entire state of NC and the 9 million residence who drink water. The film industry is extremely environmentally conscience, and having the film industry slipped in to this bill having the governors veto overridden is a slap in the face to everyone working in the film industry. Movies and television shows are flourishing across this beautiful state, not just in New Hanover County. 2011 will be one the biggest years for films and tv in NC. The economic impact and employment for thousands will be incredible. When a movie or television show comes to town there is no environmental impact. This is the second time Hamilton has helped override a veto by the governor, and this time turning her back on 9 million North Carolinians. Matt Damon a Democrat and Clint Eastwood a Republican just wrapped a movie in Ohio based on fracking and the dangers it poses to the environment. They both have different ideologies, but came together to make a film based on the horrors of fracking. Their film is a political hot potato and for good reason. I encourage everyone to watch the documentary “Gasland” that their film is loosely based on. I no longer support Hamilton for this decision. Great way to give the gas companies another way to rape this beautiful state, give our children tainted drinking water, and risk homes being set a blaze from flammable drinking water. Gas companies have pulled in a record $167 billion in 2011 so far. After the 12 month extension of the film incentive is up, and fracking is ripping apart North Carolina…..what else will you get suckered into to extend the incentives again? 12 months was a slap in the face to the film industry and opening flood gates for fracking across the state was the upper cut to the stomach. Thanks, but no thanks Hamilton. You deserve the backlash you are receiving.

  • won’tgetfooledagain

    Her statements alone show she didn’t care at all about fracking and this was a deal to get her precious incentives. S709 pales in comparison to S820. S709 was a study to look at a regualtory framework for fracking. S820 legalizes fracking, sets the rulemaking in place and puts it in the hands of a newly formed industry laden commission. She can rationalize this all she wants but the facts speak for themselves.

  • Immediately after telling WWAY that her flop was not a sellout in exchange for film incentives for her county, Susi went back to counting the $60 million in film incentives.

    Funny how they resemble 30 pieces of silver.

  • SusanK6461

    Not everybody is all about the money. Some of us would like to leave a legacy for their children that doesn’t taint their drinking water or strip the land for what will amount to very little financial gain (though that seems to be what it’s all about). And mark my words, the film industry is not going to appreciate this. About the only gain they get from this is new scenery to film Apocalyptic films. Great job. Woohoo.

  • taxpayer

    the Sierra Club and tree-huggers.

  • Bruce K.

    I was glad to move to NC from Louisiana where bribery and corruption is the norm. It was refreshing to have substance of legislation outweigh selfishness. I am sorry the Rep. Hamilton has prostituted herself and set the new example for NC. Highest bidder gets to put “Love Canal 2” on the border of their district and leave the mess for the next generation.

  • ElvisD

    To get her vote, she was offered an extension of incentives for the film industry in NH County.

    She took the bribe and sold the people of North Carolina down the river.

    Absolutely Disgusting.

  • Vog46

    Can we say you didn’t give a frack about this vote?

    We didn’t elect you to make mistakes even when bills re moving at lightening speed.

    We expect you to “keep up”

    That just cost you a vote – MINE

    Best Regards

  • Guest327

    Seems as if our elected officials should be somewhat better informed as to what they put their names on. Total irresponsibility.


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