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.


  • Rodney W. Moore says:

    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.

  • Hsquared says:

    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!!!!!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

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

  • Guestwho says:

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

  • Guestwho says:

    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.

  • Scott MacKenzie says:

    May You, (Rodney Moore) and Susi Hamilton CHOKE on the money you steal.

    You are both embarrassing yourselves and this state.

    What we voters want to know, is What Did You Two and Becky Carney Personally Gain from your Rotten Behavior?

  • brendle says:

    That “Holier than thou look” say’s it all. Susi, you screwed up and got caught. Like the kid that lied and had to tell another one to cover up for the first one, then tell another one, etc…

  • James E. Lewis says:

    I supported her in the last election and she has proven herself to be a liar like Mike McIntyre. These are two people that I have crossed off the list for my vote.

  • Terry Mohn says:

    What a two faced twit!.. and I thought brunettes dyed their hair blonde, not the other way around.. (no offense you natural blondes…lol)

  • GuestHowrad says:

    We dont want no more moovies in Wilminoton NO MORE! Get them out and startd the drilllin! I speak for alll the peeple of this town! Jobs are not whut we elected this peepl;e for.

  • Bill Abshire says:

    New jobs in NC? We can’t have any of that !

    Thank you for voting for job creation!!!

  • Shirley Wiggins says:

    Rep. Susi Hamilton please tell me one thing. How do you take politics out of debates when it is active on the
    NC General Assembly floor??????????? Lady in all sincerity, I suggest that you posture yourself right off the floor.

  • John C says:

    When the price of gas goes over $5.00 a gallon is when you will realize that this was the ight vote

  • Erlkoenig says:

    I see the eco communists are really peeved. Now you how Republicans feel when some Rep abandons American values and caves into the Socialst Peoples Democrat Workers Party just to get invited to some swanky socialite party.

  • brad says:

    sure the movie vote is another issue, one she does not want to mention has put money in her pocket due to movie industry people renting her house, nah thats another issue susie !!!!!!

  • DonL says:

    Looking at the picture accompanying the story, I would say that she has the look that say’s that we are too stupid and that she is smarter than the rest of us. Kinda like the look all “Liberals” give to the peasants in society. with her head in the current position, if it rains, she will drown. Not a flattering picture of “our” little Susi.

  • Leslie Godbold says:

    Voting to regulate fracking is supporting and agreeing to allow fracking.Opposition is just that,,we OPPOSE fracking.I was under the impression that Hamilton did too…guess those of us who care about the quality of out environment and safety of water were wrong about where she stands on this issue. Very disappointing Susi.

  • Vog46 says:

    You arrogant self serving fool
    You would have been far better off to stay silent! Instead you open your mouth and make things worse.
    You have no right to another term.

    You see Susie you VOTE for the betterment of your constituents the people you represent. You don’t voter FOR something to get something else. You vote Yay or Nay based upon what you perceive your district wants.
    Please shut up and let this blow over.

    Best Regards

  • SusanK6461 says:

    …I am strongly opposed to anything that opens the door to fracking, which is what this does. How dare she suggest it’s the environmental groups that are the wealthy: HOW DARE SHE???!!! We’re talking about generations who haven’t been born yet. We’re talking about the future of North Carolina’s natural resources. I guess she takes us for schoolchildren who need to be talked at? Who REALLY benefits from this? The wealthy. Appalling she’d attempt to throw that worn-out smokescreen out to defend herself.

  • Guest7969 says:

    down!…explain to me, with scientific FACT, why you are opposed to fracking…

  • Guest28403 says:

    let me know when you get that whole wind turbine stuff figured out since Europe has a nightmare with them. You complain about ever bloody source of energy. Solar sure as heck isnt viable around here. You’d rather continue to keep selling our souls to the middle eastern despots who would just as soon explode a suitcase nuke in our major cities as sell us oil.. We need to get back to our own energy independance and until other options are viable we need to use the resources we have available to us and quit with this damn tree hugging crap you keep shoving down our throats. You morons are half the reason this economy (thanks to Obama) is in the crapper to begin with. You do realize by our continued dependance on foreign sources of oil (oh well yeah we could have been at least getting it from Canada but your all mighty idol and messiah Obama jammed up the Keystone pipeline so now Canada is probably gonna sell oil to China (who we owe monster debt to thanks to your same exalted one). You wanna complain about the price of gas how about the price of EVERYTHING going up because of the increase of fuel prices of nearly 100% since your idiot in chief took office. Diesel fuel goes up so does the price of everythingelse because it adds to infrastructure costs to get products to market which is passed on consumers but I guess your left wing public education failed to teach you basic economics 101 that prices go up for various reasons and not just supply and demand capitalism as you so revile as EVIL..

  • forreal? says:

    all the money at the General Assembly is with the “well-to-do” environmental lobby, thank goodness there is finally a representative to speak up for the poor oil and gas companies.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    “well-to-do environmental lobby” This is a huge confession. A true lib has just outed the lear jet liberal crowd. This is amazing. She’s rejecting the nonsense of Gore and Decaprio for American energy independence.

  • Methane Pockets says:

    There is your one fact. When you inject chemicals to fracture, in order to extract carbon, you can release methane pockets and other chemicals into the acquifer. Since many areas in this state rely solely on groundwater for their drinking water supply, what are you going to do, Mr. Deep Pockets, when that acquifer becomes contaminated.

  • Fred says:

    So Hamilton’s deciding vote to legalize fracking wasn’t FOR fracking, but to “regulate” it? Does she even understand that there’s no regulation needed in NC because it wasn’t legal until her vote? Also, she should just admit she sold her vote for $60 million tax credit for film industry because she just looks like a dishonest politician now. Does anyone really think that those poor oil and gas companies were up against wealthy environmentalists in the legislature, or the reverse?

  • frontpaige says:

    I cannot remember all the responses, so I am only asking for clarification.
    Initially I thought Rep Hamilton said she did not know fracking was in the bill so she voted for it. Then she said fracking was part of the film incentive bill, so she voted for the bill to gain the incentives for Wilmington. Now she explains that she voted for fracking in order to regulate it. ?????

  • Fluf says:

    And we will be electing you right out. Anymore lies before you go. I’m sure there are a few more

  • Mac says:

    Yes, you are the moron. Before you make statements like you have it would be best if you went to the public library and read up on our
    recent Presidents. Who was the first one to cosy up to China so that our American jobs could be sent there? Who helped make it possible for us to get steel from China and shut our mills down? How about the close ties the Bush family has to certain wealthy middle eastern families & companies? And the Bush family…papa didn’t finish what he started over in Iraq before pulling troops out, in the years that followed the taliban grew in numbers instead of being nearly wiped out while we were there. Then W and his VP make up the WMD scheme and go back to finish what papa didn’t. We were there fighting long after he declared victory. And lets not forget letting the banks operate with less oversight…that worked out well. In October 2008 George W approved a 700 billion dollar bail out for the banks before he left office. But yet we put all the bail outs on President Obama.

    As far as being dependent on the Middle East for oil…we get 1/4 of our oil from them the rest comes from our wells, Mexico, and Canada.
    We don’t need the pipeline or fracking, we need to be less dependent on oil. We’ve known that for a long time, plus any intellegent person knows you always need a plan B.

    Here is a fact for you to look up…and you will hate this one… Spending has risen slower than at any other time in the last 60 years with Obama as President!

  • Guest08 says:

    Library operating hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m.See you there.

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