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