First fracking measure of the year fizzles out, voters say no to Johnson County anti-fracking advisory question
By Josh Altic
The first measure of the year seeking a ban on hydraulic fracturing, which was also the first local measure ever in the state of Illinois on this issue, was defeated on Tuesday, March 18. This measure was an advisory measure asking voters the following question:
If it had been approved, it would have put pressure on county commissioners to pass an ordinance prohibiting the contentious process of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, within county boundaries in order to prevent harmful health and environmental side effects that anti-fracking activists claim are a byproduct of the process. Of the 8,452 registered voters in Johnson County, 3,825 actually voted on this question, yielding a voter turnout of a little over 45 percent. The results showed almost three fifths of voters saying "no" to the question:
|Johnson County Fracking Measure|
- Election results from Johnson County Election Department.
County Commissioner Ernie Henshaw was very pleased with the outcome of the ballot measure. He said, "There was a lot at stake with this proposition. Had it passed, it would have threatened jobs, diminished farming, and tied our county into expensive legal knots."
- Local fracking on the ballot
- Notable local measures on the ballot
- March 18, 2014 ballot measures in Illinois
- The Southern Illinoisan, "Local control being petitioned: No fracking referendum in Johnson County, yet," November 5, 2031
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- Southeast Missourian, "Illinois county votes against curbs on fracking," March 19, 2014