Oops: North Carolina Lawmaker Accidentally Legalized Fracking By Pressing Wrong Button
July 5, 2012 at 7:55 am
North Carolina State Representative Becky Carney, a staunch opponent of the state’s fracking bill, turned out to be the deciding vote in the matter. No, the bill wasn’t defeated. Turns out, she pressed the wrong button and became the crucial 72nd vote. Yes, really.
The state had passed a bill regarding hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling for oil previously, but it was vetoed by Gov. Bev Purdue. Today’s vote aimed to override that veto. The mistake as described by WRAL:
Just after the vote, Carney’s voice could be heard on her microphone, saying “Oh my gosh. I pushed green.”