Public meeting on fracking held in Carbondale - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Public meeting on fracking held in Carbondale

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Hundreds of people came out to put in their two cents on the possibility of hydraulic fracturing in Illinois.

The state Department of Natural Resources was all ears during the meeting Thursday night at the student center.

Fracking uses a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to crack and hold open thick rock formations, which releases trapped oil and gas.

Opponents say it pollutes the atmosphere, contaminates drinking water and destroys the ecosystem. Gas companies say that's not true.

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