An anti-fracking group is pushing lawmakers to halt, or severely limit, the practice in Illinois.
“Fracking” is short for hydraulic fracturing… a process of releasing oil and natural gas that’s concealed in rock formations far below the Earth’s surface. The group “Frack Free Illinois” contends the practice causes pollution and may even trigger earthquakes. It wants to see a moratorium or much stricter regulations.
But the group admits that will be an uphill climb against supporters who say fracking will create jobs and improve America’s energy self-sufficiency.