Williams explains recusal on Brunswick Co. seismic testing votes

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County commissioners last night reconsidered a July vote to support seismic testing and oil exploration off the coast of North Carolina, but they wound up right where they started.

A tie vote of 2-2 on a draft resolution to take a neutral stance on the issue left in place the resolution of support from the commission’s July 6 meeting. Last night’s vote ended in a tie because Commissioner Frank Williams recused himself from the vote.

Tuesday morning Williams sent out a news release explaining why he chose not to take part in either vote on the issue.

“The reason is that one of my business interests is a website on which I sell advertising,” Williams, who owns a public relations agency, wrote. “I have current and recent advertisers who are actively engaged in various aspects of this debate.  I consulted with the county legal staff who confirmed that this created a conflict of interest in this matter, which is why I requested recusal.”

More than 75 other governments along the east coast have passed resolutions against seismic testing and oil exploration in the ocean citing environmental concerns and impacts on industries, including tourism.

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