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The Illinois legislature could vote at any time on the controversial bill to regulate fracking in Illinois, SB 1715. It is true that the Sierra Club and other environmental groups had input on this bill. But that does not mean that they support fracking. They do not want fracking in Illinois.

What they support is a two-year moratorium on fracking, until the experience of other states with fracking can be adequately studied. If there is no moratorium, they want the best regulations they can get because at the present time there are absolutely no regulations on fracking in Illinois, and fracking is coming.

The experience of other states with fracking is worth considering. In Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming, people have been forced from their homes because their water became undrinkable (flammable, in some cases). Families have become ill; property values have plummeted; and precious woodlands, farmland and ranchland have been sacrificed to drilling rigs and pipelines.

Right now there is a glut of natural gas, so there is no compelling need for fracking to begin in Illinois. As for the much-touted jobs, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show not the 125 jobs per well — which the industry promises — but instead 1.7 jobs per well.

Last summer we learned how precious ample, clean water is. If you would prefer that we not risk this irreplaceable resource, please ask your representatives to vote for a moratorium on fracking in Illinois: HB 3086 and SB 1418. Thank you for caring!

Meredith Schroeer  

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