Group gathers in Springfield to rally against "fracking"

By WEEK Producer

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 10:48 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- They didn't number in the thousands or even in the hundreds but an environmental group that rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday said their opposition to "fracking" needs to be heard.

Those that came out said the process, which calls for the pressurized release of chemicals deep underground to force out trapped petroleum and natural gas, is bad for the environment.

Fracking has a lot of supporters in central Illinois. Realizing that, this
group is pushing the general assembly to pass a moratorium on the practice. That would allow experts time to examine the risks to local economies, tourism, health and the environment before they begin drilling.

Proponents of the bill say all the environmental concerns have been dealt
with. They say fracking will create thousands of high paying, badly needed,
jobs throughout the state.

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