Southern Illinois counties are gearing up for what could be a second oil boom using the controversial recovery method, fracking, which involves blasting underground rock formations with water, sand and chemicals to release oil and natural gas.
The City of Fairfield has about 5,400 residents, but that number is expected to grow with the oil recovery process called 'fracking.'
Officials say they're being proactive about preparing what could be a complete transformation of the city.
"our area needs an economic boom and shot in the arm and this we believe will provide that," says Fairfield Mayor, Chuck Griswold.
In what the Mayor calls the first wave of economic impact, land surveyors spent several months in Fairfield leasing Wayne County farm land, not for crops, but for oil.
"We haven't really seen what I call the second wave now," says Mayor Griswold. "There's been one well drilled, they moved that rig to another well, but I don't think they've actually undergone the high pressure hydraulic fracking yet."
But when the frack does begin...
"I would say more area businesses will sell more goods and services, restaurants, clothing stores, hardware stores, automotive dealers," says Griswold.
John Williams says hit butcher shop saw an increase in business with more people visiting for sandwiches and steaks. The type he says will fit in well with their small community.
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