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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gubernatorial nominee Walter Dalton says he disagrees with fellow Democrat Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a bill that would authorize a form of shale gas exploration in North Carolina called fracking.

The lieutenant governor said Monday the legislation Perdue vetoed is not perfect but is a “proactive step” that contained environmental safeguards and would require the Legislature to vote again before fracking permits could be issued.

The measure would legalize the process called hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas but would require a state panel and other agencies to form rules and regulations by October 2014.

Republican nominee Pat McCrory said he was disappointed by the veto and accused Perdue and Dalton of doing nothing over the past four years to advance energy exploration.

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