'Merry Frackmess!': Elves Erect Rig on Governor's Lawn

'Merry Frackmess!': Elves Erect Rig on Governor's Lawn

Postby Oscar » Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:06 pm

'Merry Frackmess!': Elves Erect Gas Drilling Rig on Governor's Front Lawn

[ http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/24-2 ]

If Illinois Gov. Quinn wants fracking in his state, Santa thinks he should see what it's like to live next to a fracking rig

Andrea Germanos, staff writer Published on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 by Common Dreams

A group of "elves" delivered Santa's "Merry Frackmess" present to the Chicago home of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Monday.

The "elves"—activists with the climate activism group Rising Tide Chicago—delivered a red bow-adorned mock fracking rig to his lawn "because if Gov. Quinn and the other people that have opened up our state to fracking had to live next to fracking and had to obtain their water from a well I think they would not bring fracking to our state," said Mike Durshmid of the group.

"Fracking puts corporate interests above the health and well-being of people and ecosystems, and that is naughty!"

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources held its last public hearing on "proposed regulations to implement provisions of the state’s new Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act" last week in Carbondale, and the hearing was dominated by anti-fracking voices. Written comments will be accepted until Jan. 3.

Reading a statement from Gov. Quinn's lawn, one elf said that "Santa has closely been watching how the threat of hyrdraulic fracturing or fracking has become closer and closer to reality in Illinois."

"We stand here in solidarity with [others] who have suffered and are going to suffer if we keep pumping greenhouse gases, like the methane that comes from fracking, into our atmosphere. The elves have been impacted, as have people that have experienced Hurricane Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan and the extreme drought in southern Illinois."

"We are at a critical juncture with regards to our climate, and bringing in a destructive fossil fuel industry is moving us in the wrong direction."

"Fracking puts corporate interests above the health and well-being of people and ecosystems, and that is naughty!" the activist said.

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