Gov. Pat McCrory’s staff wasn’t pleased with a delivery of anti-fracking petitions that they say included 44 empty boxes.
Environment North Carolina submitted what it says were more than 50,000 petitions collected by environmental groups from opponents of fracking. The petitions were dropped off at McCrory’s office in the state capital.
McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis emailed reporters to complain that the delivery involved a pile of trash. He says the group dropped off six boxes full of petitions along with 44 boxes that were empty.
“Today’s petition drop-off is nothing more than the 44 empty boxes that this left wing group showed up with – a stunt trying to deceive the media and public,” Ellis wrote. “Unlike this extreme political group, the governor’s office cares about the environment, and we will devote our time to cleaning up and recycling the mess of empty political props that were left behind.”
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Liz Kazal of Environment North Carolina said the idea was that each box represented 1,000 signatures.
“The idea was that we wanted a good visual representation to deliver the 59,000 signatures,” Kazal said. “They were spread out among all of the boxes.”