Stop Fracking Away Our Future!- Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Featuring Tabitha Tripp, Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE)
and Jessica Fujan, Food and Water Watch Illinois
Just weeks ago, the Illinois House and Senate approved bills that will regulate hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”. This Halliburton-developed drilling technology of shale gas extraction has the potential to unlock a “Saudi Arabia of natural gas” in Illinois. But at what cost? And who would bear the brunt of the impacts?
Join EJC and Tabitha Tripp, and Jessica Fujan at Wellington Avenue UCC on Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00 pm to learn about the health impacts and safety concerns associated with fracking, and why southern Illinois residents are opposing regulations. First watch Josh Fox’s Gasland, Part I. Then meet Tabitha (via Skype) and Jessica who will talk with us about:
- The campaign for a moratorium, which would have allowed time to study and assess impacts from fracking.
- Regulations that were moved forward by our elected officials, despite concerns raised by residents, activists, and environmental organizations.
- What’s next in the fight to protect natural resources and the people of Illinois from this highly controversial method of natural gas extraction.
In this video, Tabitha Tripp of SAFE (Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment) protests SB1715 – a bill to open up Illinois to fracking – outside the Illinois Governor’s Office.
Watch Dr. Steingraber’s testimony before the Illinois House Executive Committee on the fracking regulatory bill, May 22, 2013. Sandra Steingraber is an American biologist, author, and cancer survivor in the tradition of Rachel Carson. She also is an anti-fracking activist, who worked to secure a two-year moratorium on fracking in New York State, while the health impacts and safety concerns of hydraulic fracturing are fully studied and assessed.