Also known as the Drill Bill, SB 709 was vetoed by Gov. Perdue in June 2011. As observed by NC Policy Watch,
“[NC environmental groups] worried this piece of legislation would promote offshore drilling, open the door to fracking, and restructure the NC Energy Policy Council into a one-sided panel of industry representatives.”
Fears remain that the NC GOP will over-ride this veto.
Rep. Marilyn Avila (R-40 Wake), attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting. NCGA Member info.
Rep. Darrell McCormick (R-92 Iredell, Surry, Yadkin), attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting. NCGA Member info.
Rep. Mike Stone (R-51 Harnett, Lee), attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting. NCGA Member info.
All these legislators attended the reportedly lavish ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting in New Orleans in August, 2011. As a major highlight, ALEC celebrated the advancement of the whole ALEC agenda in North Carolina during 2011. For more information about that meeting, see ALEC likes Tillis.