Two Arrested So Far in Sit-in to Ban Fracking in IL
Day Two of Sit-In at Governor Quinn’s Office to Demand a Moratorium on Fracking brings a Second Arrest
May 23, 2013
Springfield, IL-- An anti-fracking sit-in at Governor Quinn’s office Tuesday continued Wednesday and resulted in another arrest. To date, two people have been arrested for refusing to leave the Governor’s office. He has yet to fulfill their request that he meet with community members in Central and Southern Illinois, areas that will be most affected by his plans to bring hydraulic fracturing to the state and that he support a moratorium on the practice.
The sit-in began after an Ilinois House of Representatives committee voted unanimously to support a hydraulic fracturing bill. The bill is scheduled to go to the house for a vote Thursday at noon.
Governor Quinn stated that he plans to sign the bill once it reaches his desk.
While proponents of state bill SB1715 claim this the “strongest regulatory bill in the nation” critics claim it has minimal protections. The bill prohibits revealing the amounts and types of toxic fracking solutions used to the public. In addition, the bills horizontal setbacks are only 500 feet from schools and 300 feet from rivers, although at least a 3,300 foot buffer zone is recommended.
When asked why she was arrested today, Dayna Conner said, “We know fracking is shown to cause direct harm to people and communities. It destroys land and homes. We'll do whatever it takes to keep this destructive means of extraction from harming our families and the land.”
Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Union and Jackson counties in Southern Illinois have voted for a moratorium on fracking as well as the cities of Carbondale, Murphysboro, Alto Pass and Carlyle.
Citizens will continue to put pressure on Quinn to support a moratorium. The sit-in at the governor’s office will continue Thursdaywith Occupy Springfield joining in. Illinois Peoples Action is organizing a protest at Governor Quinn’s office this Friday at noon.
More information on fracking may be found at www.dontfractureillinois.net
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