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Perdue vetoes fracking bill

Gov. Beverly Perdue has vetoed a bill that would have moved the state closer to allowing a controversial process to extract onshore reserves of natural gas.

Senate Bill 709, which Perdue vetoed this afternoon, would have allowed the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources to explore the commercial potential of shale gas and regulations.

The bill was unconstitutional, Perdue said in her written explanation for her veto, because it directed the governor to enter into a compact with governors in other states, an intrusion “on the constitutional power of the executive branch.”

Energy companies use a process called fracking to remove shale gas. Critics say the cocktail of chemicals used in the process are not made public and, therefore, raise concerns about public safety.

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