Official: Perdue could veto fracking bill

June 27, 2012 5:55:52 PM PDT
It appears as though Gov. Bev Perdue is leaning toward vetoing the controversial fracking bill.

Senior administration officials have told the ABC11 I-Team that Perdue reached out to the Republican sponsor of the bill, State Senator Bob Rucho, looking for a compromise.

However, any idea of a compromise was essentially shot down by Rucho, and now Perdue is leaning toward a veto.

Sources tell ABC11 that the governor wanted stronger protections specifically for drinking water, land rights, and local government decisions.

Perdue has been generally supportive of the idea of fracking. In fact, she passed an executive order supporting it.

However, she told the I-Team that the bill doesn't do enough to keep people safe and that the state can't put people in jeopardy by rushing fracking without adequate protections.

Rucho said he thought Republicans had made the concessions Perdue wanted but he said Perdue changed her mind Monday and wanted more.

Rucho believes Republicans will have the votes needed to override her veto in the House.

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