The legislature and governor this year approved a set of regulations for the process, which shoots water, sand, and chemicals into the ground to force out oil and gas deposits. It’s lucrative, with one business leader quoted as saying Illinois could become the next Saudi Arabia.
Annette McMichael, communications director for the group Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE), says anybody that feels like they are going to be within a mile of a fracking site should have their water tested, adding that she would do that as soon as a permit has been issued for your specific area.
McMichael says the test would serve as a baseline against which the effects of fracking, provided there are any, can be measured.
She adds that fracturing won’t be simply a southern Illinois thing, saying explorations have gone as far north as Mattoon, Decatur, Peoria, and La Salle county.