Calhoun residents protest possible fracking


Concern is growing about fracking in Calhoun County.

About 30 people attended a rally Tuesday afternoon at Highway 20 boat landing on the Chipola River. They were showing their support for a fracking ban.

Chipola Petroleum is exploring the idea of drilling to acquire natural gas. Currently, they are doing preliminary work to determine if fracking would be viable in the area.

Environmentalists say this process could cause groundwater contamination. Dr. William Wallace, a Micro Biologist and local farm owner, told News 13, “I’m very, very concerned about fracking coming to our community. The group today is very concerned. Citizens are worried about their drinking water getting contaminated.” He added, “We want to make sure that people know what fracking is and understand the problems that can result from it.”

Calhoun County Activists say nearly every county in the panhandle has passed a fracking ban except Calhoun County.

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