Peoria Public Radio Staff
Tue March 12, 2013
Environmentalists pressure advocates on fracking issue
A coalition of environmental groups accuse other advocates of selling out when it comes to the drilling technique known as "hydraulic fracturing." IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.
"I say to those so-called environmental groups who have given up the fight and sold their souls to the frackers, I say shame on you! How dare you work to compromise the health and welfare of our fellow citizens? How dare you cooperate with the destroyers of our planet?"
The activists say fracking could contaminate the state's water supplies, or spur man-made earthquakes in southern Illinois. They're calling for a fracking moratorium. Illinois Sierra Club Director Jack Darin says he too would like at least a two-year time out. But he says there's no guarantee lawmakers would support that. He says in lieu of a ban, it's better to have negotiated for regulations than to have none at all.