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We need to ban fracking in Illinois.
A ban on fracking is the best way to prevent this reckless drilling practice. Fracking imperils communities and poisons air, water, and climate.
Six big reasons why we must ban fracking as soon as possible:
➊ Fracking Endangers the Environment & Communities
Methane, fracking fluids and wastewater contaminate water supplies and imperil the livelihoods of farmers that rely on clean water. Increased truck traffic and drilling emissions reduce air quality, methane leaks contribute to climate change, and the proliferation of oil and gas infrastructure destroys pristine landscapes and related tourism and recreation industries. Truck accidents, spills, well blowouts and leaks can release hazardous fracking chemicals into nearby freshwater bodies, jeopardizing farmland and private property.
➋ Secret, Risky Chemicals in Fracking Fluid
States regulate fracking, but most allow oil and gas companies to withhold the identity of the chemicals used because they are "trade secret. Of the known chemicals, 14 are known or possible human carcinogens, and many are linked to developmental health and reproductive problems.
➌ Toxic, Radioactive Water
Fracking creates wastewater that contains potentially dangerous levels of harmful underground contaminants and radioactive materials. These chemicals cause cancer, disrupt the endocrine system, affect the nervous, immune and cardiovascular systems, and affect sensory organs and the respiratory system.
➍ Fracking Causes Earthquakes
➎ Drillers Seize Private Property And Mineral Rights
Frackers commonly use a contentious legal tool known as "forced pooling" to force resistant landowners to submit to drilling. Under current Illinois law, oil and gas companies can impose drilling on alndowners if more than half of neighboring properties have agreed to gas or oil leases.
➏ False Jobs Promises
The energy industry deceptively promotes fracking as an engine for economic and job growth, but the job creation estimates have been sometimes overestimated by nine-fold. Almost all fracking jobs are short-term, occurring during the drilling phase; they are often filled by out-of-state workers.
Now That You're Totally Convinced, Here's How To Help
Today, three times more Illinois workers are employed in renewable energy and efficiency sectors than in fossil fuels (97,633 jobs and 32,668 jobs, respectively). And three new bills are on the table to protect Illinois, its people and its environment from fracking:
- Representative Scott Drury introduced HB 5743, which would effectively ban fracking in Illinois.
- Senator David Koehler introduced SB 3174, which would publicly disclose all fracking chemicals and drilling routes.
- Representative Will Guzzardi introduced HB 5716, which would prevent landowners from being forced to accept fracking on their property due to forced pooling.
Take Action: Contact your state legislators today and urge them to support these three bills.