• Silverstein Introduces New Fracking Moratorium Bill SB3386

    2/21/14, Sabrina Hardenbergh, SAFE Newsletter/Web Team. This may not exactly be  Valentine’s Day true love, but on Friday, February 14, 2014, representative Ira Silverstein introduced a new SB3386 “FRACKING-BAN TASK FORCE” bill to the Illinois state legislature.  The new SB3386 bill is interesting in a few ways, but read and analyse the detail, and think about […]

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  • The New Fracking Statute: A Huge Loophole and, worse yet, a Trojan Horse

    by Vito A. Mastrangelo February 12, 2014 During the recent debate about new methods of fracking, the oil and gas industry used the term “fracking” as in “We’ve been fracking for 50 years.”  What they meant, at that time, by “fracking” was vertical “hydraulic fracturing,” the process of cracking open shale or other underground formations, […]

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  • SAFE’s Rebuttal to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Job Estimates from Fracking Illinois

    SAFE attorney Richard Fedder explains the flaws in the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s report on job estimates from fracking Illinois: 1. Professor Considine pioneered the original method of calculating how many jobs might be created using a computer program called IMPLAN. 2. This method does not rely upon any empirical data to determine how many […]

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  • Letter from 10-year-old Southern Illinois Resident Makes More Sense than All the Propaganda

    The following letter is written by a 10-year-old Southern Illinois resident, addressed to President Obama.  Note the letter’s wisdom and concern for future generations in Illinois, and beyond.       Dear Mr. President, My name is Layla Wendt and I am 10 years old. I know I am kind of young, but I you […]

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  • Foul Water and Fracked Politics

    Foul Water and Fracked Politics People’s Tribune February 2, 2013 By Cliff Protest against fracking in Southern Illinois. Crossville, IL, lost their public water supply due to the oil and gas practices. The area now has a water quality of 20 out of 100 in the nation. Photo/Southern Illinoisans against fracturing our environment (SAFE) By […]

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  • BIG OIL TELLS BIG LIES ABOUT FRACKING

    In a recent guest column in the Southern Illinoisan, I argued that: Water for Oil is a Fool’s Trade.  Kyna Legner, identified as “field director for Illinois Energy in Depth (EID)” responded with a column calling for: “Facts not fear, needed in fracking debate”. I agree.  That’s why I presented explicit facts in my column, […]

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  • SAFE responds to IPAA: Accuses SAFE of Misleading the Public

    On October 25th, in their publication “Energy in Depth” the Independent Petroleum Association of America singled out SAFE as an organization in Illinois that rejects science, overlooks the oil and gas industry’s “high standards” of safety regarding fracking, and refuses to acknowledge that the state of Illinois already regulates fracking effectively. The article entitled “Bans, […]

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  • WATER FOR OIL – A FOOL’S TRADE Richard Fedder | SAFE

    This editorial ran in the Southern Illinoisan, November 13,2012. My family often discussed politics at the dinner table. When we got too rowdy, my grandmother would just say: “Whatchya gonna do when the well runs dry?”   That always brought us back down to earth.  Because, conservative or liberal, clean water is our most precious […]

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  • How You and I Inadvertently Support Fracking

    As the legislative session begins, and lobbyists pony up to legislators, it’s time to reflect upon activism at its deepest level. SAFE and many other dedicated activists from across the state have spent a great deal of energy educating the public and legislators about the dangers of fracking. Yet despite long hours and ceaseless rallying, […]

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