The Senate gave final approval with no debate. This follows House passage earlier this afternoon. Fracking should start in North Carolina in early 2015.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes does a great job exposing the shenanigans in ramrodding this legislation through with little or no public input. As I have written earlier, this is an ALEC bill written by and for the Gas and Oil Lobby.
Most disturbing is the bill is being passed long before the State Mining and Exploration Board completes it's rulemaking on fracking. In other words, they could hypothetically permit fracking in State Parks and no one could vote to oppose this in the General Assembly.
North Carolina Rep. Pricey Harrison takes the NCGOP to task in this interview.
The crazy thing is that the NCGOP had the votes all along. Why then did they have to
eliminate public input and rush this through with smoke and mirrors? Today, in the House debate, 3 amendments that would have made difficult votes for the GOP were tabled by Republicans, preventing debate.
For those playing along at home, the fracking bill went from house committee debut to senate concurrence and off to gov in 48 hrs. #ncga— WRAL Gov't Coverage (@NCCapitol) May 29, 2014