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Johnson County group will turn in petitions to get fracking on the ballot

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Hydraulic Fracturing or "fracking" may soon be on the ballot in Johnson County, IL. The group Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE) plans to turn in more than enough signatures to get a question put to voters in March.

The group will present the signed petitions to the County Clerk Thursday afternoon in Vienna. If all the signatures collected are confirmed as legitimate, election officials will place an advisory question on that ballot that will ask voters the following:

“Shall the people’s right to local self-government be asserted by Johnson County to ban corporate fracking as a violation of their rights to health, safety and a clean environment?”

Whatever voters decide – the ballot measure will not force a change in policy. The advisory question will simply advise county leaders of the community’s opinion of fracking.

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