Group fights fracking
CARBONDALE, Il.---There is a debate raging across the country over a relatively new way to drill for natural gas. It's called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking." It promises to bring new jobs, a cleaner energy source, all while reducing our nation's dependence on foreign energy.
Sounds like a win-win, except critics say the process endangers the one resource we absolutely can't live without; water.
This is how fracking works: crews dig a well, first vertically, then horizontally through rock into what are called shale formations. A perforating gun fires, creating holes in the metal piping and through the rock. Then a mixture of sand, water, and chemicals is pumped in at high pressure, expanding the cracks. The liquid is removed but the sand remains in the cracks, propping them open.
That allows natural gas to flow to the surface and be captured. The methods been used for years in a handful of states, and natural gas companies now have their eyes on Southern Illinois. Tuesday, a group of people against fracking rallied in Carbondale to get your attention.
Right now, it's up to the states to regulate fracking. There are four bills in Springfield that would put regulations in place, but most of the people in this group don't want fracking at all. Tuesday they used some rather funny costumes to convey a serious message on a Carbondale corner that was sure to catch your eye.