Johnson County

11:27 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Johnson County To Vote On Fracking, But Debate Not Likely To End Soon

Kris Pirmann stands in his high tunnel near Tunnel Hill, Ill. Pirmann is one of the Johnson County residents who is trying to ban fracking within the county.
Jacob McCleland KRCU

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 10:34 pm


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5:17 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Anti-Fracking Advocates Claim Media Ban in Johnson County

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As Johnson County, Illinois prepares to vote on a measure that seeks to ban hydraulic fracturing in the county, anti-fracking advocates are accusing the local newspapers of presenting a one-sided argument.

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4:14 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Johnson County, IL. Supports Moratorium on Fracking


Johnson County has joined other counties in southern Illinois supporting a moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing.

Vice Chairman Phil Stewart was the one Johnson County Commissioner who did not support the one-year moratorium. He says the area needs the jobs.

“Johnson County is, you know, a poor county, needs some revenue,” Stewart says. “And I think it would help.”

But, Stewart says most of the jobs would be temporary.

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