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Group against fracking holds festival to spread awareness

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ALTO PASS -- Right now, fracking hasn't gained much traction in Illinois; and a group called Southern Illinoisans Against Fracking Our Environment (SAFE) considers that a victory. 

"We want to make sure people know that just because fracking isn't happening right now doesn't mean it's completely off the table," said SAFE member, Tabitha Tripp. 

Members like Tripp have worked for two years to make their voices heard. Sunday's Frack Free Festival was just another way of spreading their message.

"What we really want people to do is reach out to their elected representatives about the issues that are concerning them, because if they don't write a handwritten note, most likely those petitions you fill out online really aren't getting the point across," said Tripp. 

SAFE had a booths set up where everyone could write letters to politicians, and several stands with information about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing.

Business owners like Ken Rhude with Little Egypt Beer know how important it is to keep our water safe.

"The struggle is not over, there could be fracking in the future, and we'd like to keep it the way it is with our nice drinking water in our pristine wilderness that we have out here," said Rhude. 

"There are big loop holes in the Hydraulic Fracturing Act that we would like to close down," said Tripp. 

Although Sunday was more about celebrating, Tripp and Rhude say their fight isn't over and plan to continue campaigning against fracking.

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