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Town hall meeting on fracking held at Goreville H.S.

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Fracking meeting in Goreville. (Source: Arnold Wyrick, Heartland News) Fracking meeting in Goreville. (Source: Arnold Wyrick, Heartland News)

Lawmakers in Illinois are working on legislation to regulate the practice of fracking, a controversial method to drill for oil and natural gas.

A town hall meeting in Johnson County at Goreville High School Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. brought out supporters and naysayers of fracking.

"I think it can be good for the economy but I believe that there should be some regulations put into place before they allow them just to have free roam," Justin Lingle said.

"It could bring jobs and everything but I fear they start digging and doing things like that property could start falling in and I'm not real looking forward to that," Monica Gibbs said.

But, they aren't the only ones in Johnson County who voiced concerns over the process of injecting water, chemicals and sand deep into the ground to push out oil and gas deposits.

"We're worried about the water, this fracking uses billions and billions of gallons of water," said Richard Fedder of SAFE, Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment. "We're not talking about one well, we're talking about ten thousand wells. And it takes 5-million gallons of water per well, per frack. And the water is completely poisoned when it comes back up. And it has to be disposed of. And where is it going to be disposed of hundreds of billions of gallons of toxic waste water?"

During the question and answer portion of the town hall meeting several people had some questions for the oil and gas industry representatives.

"It is my belief that Hydraulic Fracturing is not dangerous," said Kevin Reimer a consulting geologist. "It is a process that has been employed for many many years. The difference about what had been done in the past, and what they are planning to do with the shale resource plate is only the size of the frack, it will be larger."

Ron Duncan from the Illinois Extension Office moderated the event.

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