Springfield, IL - Today, a coalition of concerned landowners, environmental advocates and policy makers will introduce legislation to give landowners the right to know if their land is being fracked, strengthen their property rights, and ban this destructive drilling from happening in Illinois for good.
Last summer, Illinois came dangerously close to initiating fracking, a dangerous drilling practice also known as hydraulic fracturing. Though that project was ultimately stopped, it was a wake up call for Illinoisans about the real threat the oil and gas industry poses on our vulnerable communities, land and climate.
WHAT: Press conference and bill introduction
WHO: Illinois Coalition Against Fracking, State Representative Will Guzzardi, State Representative Scott Drury
WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Blue Room (room 010), Illinois State Capitol Building, 401 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL
BACKGROUND: Fracking is an invasive drilling process that uses high-powered drills and massive amounts of water, sand and dangerous chemicals to obtain otherwise inaccessible oil and natural gas from miles underground. This process has been shown to cause earthquakes, poison water supplies, disrupt local communities and exacerbate climate change. Fracking operations that use less than 300,000 gallons of water are already occurring and are exempt from public disclosure, most often coming to light when something goes wrong. Continuing this drilling and adding larger operations in Illinois would be a deeply dangerous threat to public health and should be stopped before Illinois pays the price.