Rep. Susi Hamilton issues statement on fracking vote

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Submitted: Sat, 07/07/2012 - 1:41am
Updated: Mon, 07/09/2012 - 11:00am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rep. Susi Hamilton has issued a statement, clarifying why she voted to override Governor Perdue’s veto on fracking.

“I did not vote to support fracking, I voted to regulate fracking,” Hamilton said. “A huge difference – but one that tends to get lost in sound bites. I wanted the politics taken out of the debate, and have it instead turned over to a multiple disciplinary board to develop regulations and restriction that must be approved by the NCGA before any permits will be issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.”

Hamilton goes on to say, “It is easy to pound your fist and stand on supposed principle when you are wealthy. The well-to-do environmental lobby of the general assembly lacks the ability to see a bill for what it is. Posturing is not governing, it is advocacy, and the two are very different. I was elected to govern, not advocate.”

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

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30 Comments on "Rep. Susi Hamilton issues statement on fracking vote"

Rodney W. Moore
2015 years 8 months ago

Susi, it has been an honor to serve with you in the North Carolina House of Representatives. I have great comfort and assurance that my home county of New Hanover has such a passionate and intelligent Representative in Raleigh. I look forward to continuing our mutual service to the Great State of North Carolina in the 2013-2014 Session.

2015 years 8 months ago

Give Susi a break. Fracking is not going to hurt North Carolina but help it. All the enviros running around like a bunch of scared children. Fracking does not hurt the environment. It has been around for half a century with no issues. Stop coming up with non issues when North Carolina and our country is heading towards Greece. Fracking gives us jobs, movies give us jobs…Susi is doing what is best for our state and I would look like her too if I had to listen to all you liberal whiners all day…she needs to become a republican because WE ARE TAKING THIS STATE IN NOVEMBER!!!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

I’m just grateful that after an uninterrupted series of idiotic votes, you finally got one right!

2015 years 8 months ago

Govern? I’m afraid not. you are Representative. You were elected to represent your constituents. They are not the same.

2015 years 8 months ago

There is no natural gas bearing geology in (below) Wilmington. Also if you spoke for ALL the people in wilmington, no one would be able to understand us. your grammar am bad.