Johnson County Supports Delay In 'Fracking'
VIENNA, ILL - Another Illinois county has passed a resolution supporting a statewide moratorium on large scale oil and gas drilling.
The Johnson County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 on Monday to support a one-year pause before hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," begins. Board Chairman Jeff Mears says residents need more time to learn about it, and county officials want to prepare for its impact on infrastructure, including roads.
House and Senate bills that impose a 2-year moratorium have stalled, and a regulatory bill that would kick start fracking has received widespread support among lawmakers. Although opponents worry about the amount of pollution it will cause, supporters say it will create much needed jobs.
Johnson County joins officials in Hardin, Jackson, Pope and Union in supporting the statewide moratorium.
Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack rock and release oil and natural gas.