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VIENNA - A group opposed to the idea of hydraulic fracturing in Southern Illinois is hosting a public program tonight at the Vienna Public Library.

The event, sponsored by SAFE (Southern Illinois Against Fracturing our Environment) goes from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the library, located at 401 Poplar Street in Vienna.

Earlier this year, Illinois lawmakers passed legislation that would make the controversial natural gas drilling process open on lands in the region, with oversight from the state's department of natural resources.

SAFE's presentation tonight focuses on potential dangers associated with "fracking" and the role communities have in keeping residents safe.

A social hour will follow the program.

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