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Illinois Fracking

State Issues Long-Awaited Fracking Rules

AP | By KERRY LESTER | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Stricter requirements for disclosing the use of chemicals are part of new proposed rules issued by the state Friday as part...

How Much Fracking Will Remain Unregulated in Illinois?

Will Reynolds | Posted 06.30.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Opposition to fracking in southern Illinois continues as people learn more about the inadequacy of a law that was written behind closed doors and rushed through the legislature with very little public scrutiny.

Illinois County Rejects Anti-Fracking Measure

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.19.2014 | Green

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Voters in a struggling southern Illinois county have rejected a ballot referendum meant to pressure the county's governing board to...

Spirit Of Cooperation Frays In Fracking Debate

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — After environmentalists, lawmakers and the oil industry got together last year to draft Illinois' first regulations for hydraulic fra...

Did Illinois Just Undercut Its Own Fracking Law?

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 11.15.2013 | Green

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources published a first draft of Illinois' rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling on Frida...

Governor Signs Tougher Fracking Regulations

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 08.17.2013 | Green

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed into law the nation's strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling. ...

Campaign 2014: Rauner rips unions; Stantis cartoon: Quinn's failed summit; Reboot Illinois Daily Tip-Off

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

CAMPAIGN 2014 Chicago billionaire Bruce Rauner came out swinging against public sector unions as he officially entered the race for governor on Wedn...

Fracking In Illinois: What Comes Next?

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 06.04.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- High-volume oil and gas extraction probably won't begin in earnest in Illinois until next year because the state first must adopt rules and...

Illinois House Advances Controversial Fracking Bill

Belleville News-Democrat | Brian Brueggemann | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- A proposal aimed at creating thousands of jobs in Southern Illinois in high-volume oil and gas drilling, also known as fracking, cleare...

Illinois Fracking Update

Henry Henderson | Posted 07.21.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

With almost no laws in place to protect the public from the known -- and very scary -- dangers associated with the controversial oil and gas extraction technology, communities across Illinois are in harm's way.

Don't Frack Illinois (or North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Virginia, or Florida)

Tony Ingraffea | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Tony Ingraffea

Destroying the land to provide a few years of toxic, temporary jobs and further entrench our nation's dependency on fossil fuel is not a good bargain for New York or for Illinois -- or for any other state proposed for wringing out the last puddles and whiffs of gas and oil.

Illinois' Fracking Deal Could Be The National Model

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 05.07.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — After years of clashing over the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the oil industry and environmentalists ...

Fracking in Illinois: Starting With Standards

Henry Henderson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Unless and until we have strong, protective safeguards on the books, we should not start fracking in Illinois. While we are encouraged by what is currently in bill HB 2615, we will remain vigilant for any weakening of the standards.

Fracking Bill Sees Cooperation Between Environmentalists, Industry

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 02.22.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Illinois would have the strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling in the nation under a proposal introduced Thursday and d...

Fracking Fudged: Looking at Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Job and Economic Numbers

Henry Henderson | Posted 02.17.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Thursday, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce released a remarkably rosy sounding report, speculating on the impacts that fracking might have on Illinois. Having a look at the report, I was disappointed to find that it's not really all that comprehensive.

Regulations Proposed In Illinois House, Senate Before Fracking Begins In May

Posted 04.05.2012 | Chicago

In less than a month, "fracking," a controversial drilling method that involves injecting a chemical compound into the earth to release natural gas, i...