On Monday afternoon, a group of protestors outside the James
R. Thompson Center called for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in southern
At the rally, Southern
Illinoisians Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE) protested the practice
of hydraulic fracturing. Known as fracking for short, the oil and gas drilling
technique injects a mix of water, sand, and chemicals into the ground to create
cracks in deep rock layers. The cracks release natural gas. (Read PI’s previous
reporting on fracking here.)
Proponents of fracking say it will supply America with its
own source of natural gas, but SAFE contends the process contaminates drinking
water and pollutes farmland. The group doesn’t believe enough information has
been gathered on the effect fracking has on the environment, and its members
met with one of Gov.
Pat Quinn’s representatives before the rally.
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