Our mission is to ban fracking in Southern Illinois, most urgently horizontal fracking. To fulfill our needs for energy, employment, and habitation, this implies the need to develop non-polluting technologies which do not threaten our soil, air, or water. Our struggle is against a long-standing trend to intimidate and separate residents and communities from each other, which is antithetical to the basic concepts of democracy.
If we are to succeed in protecting both our resources and our communities, we must re-establish and protect our human rights as granted by the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Illinois, and to fulfill our human duty to protect the soil, water, air, wildlife and human beings so that we might prosper, and that we might be good stewards of these resources.
We have come together as members of Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE) to combat horizontal fracking, the latest and arguably the most environmentally destructive and health-threatening technology to devastate people’s resources, homes, and communities. SAFE is a champion of local people. It tells the truth about the environmental and human destruction from horizontal fracking and stands for people’s rights. The vision of SAFE is a united people of Southern Illinois who work together to support each other and to protect this incredible, precious land on which our future and that of our children depends.
SAFE was founded in early 2012 by two Southern Illinois residents concerned not only about the integrity of their own well water in the face of high-volume fracking, but also about the ramifications of fracking upon families across southern and central Illinois.
After an initial meeting between the two Southern Illinois residents, and the agreement upon the name of SAFE Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment, another meeting including a few more concerned citizens took place, and further plans were made. In March of 2012, the first public meeting of SAFE took place in Marion, IL, and many new folks met each other who shared concerns over fracking.