NC GOP rewrites definition of "conservationist"

Stacking the deck in favor of fracking:

Ray Covington, founder of N.C. Oil and Gas, an organization of Lee County landowners whose list of stated goals includes “we want this land drilled,” was appointed by GOP House Speaker Thom Tillis as one of the two conservation members on the board.

And the other "conservation" member owns a company that profits from the cleanup of damage caused by land developers. It's no accident that these two positions were slotted under Tillis' and Berger's contributions to the board. Here are a few snapshots of what this "conservationist" is working for:

By signing our engagement agreement, you are allowing NCOG to represent you through the attorney that we have on retainer. There are any number of events that could take place to ratchet up the bonus and royalty amounts. By signing our engagement agreement, you are able to wait until a later date to work out a lease. When the time comes we will shop this opportunity to a number of Oil and Gas Companies. Then with our Attorney’s guidance we will craft a lease that addresses our landowner rights as well as Royalty and Bonus Payments.

NCOG will receive a small percentage of any bonus negotiated and royalty received.

And just so there's no confusion over who Tillis and Berger should have appointed:

One appointed by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives who is a member of a nongovernmental conservation interest.

One appointed by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate who is a member of a nongovernmental conservation interest.

And here are Governor Perdue's appointment choices:

(12) One appointed by the Governor who shall be a representative of a publicly traded natural gas company.

(13) One appointed by the Governor who shall be a licensed attorney with experience in legal matters associated with oil and gas exploration and development.

(14) One appointed by the Governor who is a representative of the mining industry.

(15) One appointed by the Governor who is a representative of the mining industry.

This commission is a joke, and so is any lawmaker who touts this as a "multiple disciplinary board".

Comments

Hamilton

Thanks for keeping that connection front-and-center. Poor gal. Either she's too stupid to know she's being played for a sucker, or she's just another corporate whore in the NCGA.

Which is it, Representative Hamilton?

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Don't think she's stupid,

but I do think her stance on this issue makes her look stupid. Or hypocritical, if you remove the stupid. Either way, her credibility as an honest lawmaker has been seriously eroded.

But then again that's probably just me posturing...

She has no credibiltiy in my book

She is a lying politician plain and simple. That is what angered me about it. If she had of said, "this was an opportunity for me to get something that was good for my district and while I am not crazy about fracking I felt it was in the best interest of my constituents to bring this film tax credit," she may have credibility. I would still not be happy about her decision but at least she would have been honest and taken ownership. This isn't what she did. She flat out lied to every camera she could put her face in front of. Yes Susi we believe that this corporate welfare that the republicans detest just magically appeared at the 11th hour and was totally unrelated to the fracking change of heart. She also lied about the letter to the governor basically calling Rep. Harrison a liar in the process. Susi, since we already know YOU are a liar, I tend to believe Rep. Harrison in that you meant to sign that letter. We all know that politicians on both sides of the aisle fudge the truth, but this is out right lying and deceit. The would probably need to add another Pinocchio to the Pinocchio scale to cover this amount of lying. Susi you are a disgrace and deserve a primary challenger next time around. For future reference Susi, liars do not deserve respect.