WJBD Radio

Images

Now Playing

Local News

WJBD - Local News - Fifth Illinois County Supports 'Fracking' Moratorium

Fifth Illinois County Supports 'Fracking' Moratorium

VIENNA, Ill. (AP) - The Johnson County Board of Commissioners has passed a resolution supporting a statewide moratorium on high-volume oil and gas drilling.

Board Chairman Jeff Mears says commissioners voted 2-1 on Monday to support a one-year pause before hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," begins. He says residents need more time to learn about it and county officials want to prepare for the affect infrastructure, such as roads.

Officials in Hardin, Jackson, Pope and Union also support a moratorium.

Bills calling for a 2-year moratorium have stalled in the House and Senate. Another bill to regulate fracking has received widespread lawmaker support.

Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack rock formations and release oil and natural gas. Supporters say it'll create thousands of jobs. Opponents worry about pollution.

See other LocalNews news:

Salem Township Hospital Receives Top Rating From Federal Agency
Salem Hospital Board Approves Purchase of New Cat Scan Unit
Salem Hospital Board Says Goodbye To Doctor; Interviews for Presidents Job
New Illinois Schools Chief Says Funding Fix Could Take Years
Fatal Metropolis Police Shooting Deemed Justified




Loyal Listener Club

Club Login

Follow Us At

This Site logo