Goreville High School to host fracking program
While the news surrounding high-volume horizontal fracturing in Johnson County has slowed since legislation was recently signed to oversee its practice, members of Southern Illinois Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE) said the fight against fracking here is far from over.
Members of SAFE will present a program on fracking tonight from 7-8 p.m. at the Goreville High School as it continues its goal in addressing fracking’s purported health and safety issues.
“High-volume horizontal fracturing for natural gas and oil has caused many health and safety issues where it’s currently being used,” SAFE media relations director Annette McMichael said. “A fracking bill was passed in the Illinois General Assembly last May opening the door for this controversial drilling process.”
McMichael said the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is responsible for drafting the rules for regulating fracking in Illinois before the practice begins.
The program presented tonight will look at the dangers associated with fracking, what role communities could have in keeping residents safe and provide more information on baseline testing guidelines, McMichael said.
McMichael said members of Southern Illinois Against Fracturing Our Environment are not going to just “go away” because the “fight” looks to be over. She said the group believes that the recent regulation legislation passed would not adequately protect communities from the unintended consequences of people looking to improve their economy. The grass-roots group is planning additional events in Johnson County to keep attention focused on the dangers of fracking.
A free concert on Oct. 12, which is likely to take place at Egyptian Hills with four bands but is yet to be confirmed, is just one of the additional events SAFE has planned for the area. The members are also hiring a community rights advocate and have joined Illinois People’s Action group to help strengthen their fight for individual rights.
For additional information on SAFE or its presentation tonight at the Goreville High School, point your browser to dontfractureillinois.net.