CHICAGO - Despite bi-partisan consensus in the Illinois General Assembly to allow fracking of oil and natural gas in the state, "progressive" protesters chanted "Ban fracking now! Ban fracking now!" Friday at Daley Plaza, the SEIU-funded Progress Illinois reports.
The protesters demanded a meeting with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, asking "Are we so addicted to fossil fuels and the old way of doing things that we are willing to risk our air, our land and our water?"
“That act does not protect the state, it does not protect the citizens and it does not protect the water,” said Beverly Walters, who is a co-founder of Citizens Act to Protect Our Water (CAPOW). “It is absolutely insane for us to pursue fracking. Do we have alternatives? Yes. Renewable energy? Yes. Solar? Yes. Wind? Yes.”
Fracking industry supporters say the law that passed in June has the nation's strongest environmental protections and will bring 47,000 jobs to Illinois.