Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment are presenting a free evening of music and guest speakers to education Southern Illinois residents about the potential dangers of the hydraulic fracturing method of oil and gas extraction.
The Woodbox Gang, Hobo Knife and County Graves will perform 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Trails End Lodge, 1425 Skyline Drive, Cobden, during an outdoor event called Frack Free Fest that will include a raffle, auction and other entertainment.
It is suggested that those attending bring lawn chairs or a blanket.
"Fracking will cause great harm to Southern Illinois families and our way of life. Fracking will use millions of gallons of fresh water that cannot be returned to the water table, create potential water and air contamination, and devastate Southern Illinois's growing tourism industry," SAFE's press release states.
"Injection wells used in the fracking process cause earthquakes. SAFE is adamantly opposed to fracking in the highly volatile New Madrid Fault and Wabash Valley Fault in Southern Illinois."
For more information about the dangers of fracking visit www.DontFractureIllinois.net.
SAFE is also organizing a meeting in Vienna Public Library 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.
Called "What You Should Know About Fracking" the program will present:
An update on what's happening with the rule-making process,
10 things residents should be aware of about fracking,
What residents can do to stay safe,
Question and answer period.
SAFE describes fracking as "a new method of natural gas and oil extraction involving mile long horizontal wells, and injection of water, sand, and toxic chemicals into the ground at high pressure to fracture rock layers and release oil/gas.
"Fracking is exempt from key federal regulations that protect public health and the environment, including air, water and soil. Although the Illinois General Assembly passed regulations on fracking, they are woefully inadequate to protect Southern Illinois from the dangers of fracking."
The program is 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. with social hour 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.