Anti-fracking groups continue to call for a moratorium. Several anti-fracking groups voiced their concerns about fracking Friday outside the Thompson Center in Chicago. They claim there must be more studies on the process, which is a method of gathering oil and natural gas by fracturing rocks beneath the earth’s surface.
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The bill that is under consideration in Springfield does not address the handling of radioactive waste water, says Dave Kraft, director of the Nuclear Energy Information Service. He says fracking also releases large amounts of radon gas, the No. 2 cause of lung cancer in the United States. Water pollution is also a concern, as the drilling companies aren’t required to disclose proprietary chemicals used in the fracking process.
Groups urging the moratorium include Stop the Frack Attack on Illinois, The Illinois Coalition for a Moratorium on Fracking, Nuclear Energy Information Service and Rising Tide Chicago. The bill that would regulate fracking is stalled in the House.