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Will Reynolds
Will Reynolds, based in Springfield, Illinois, is a former chair of the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter who blogs on environmental politics.

Entries by Will Reynolds

Who Are the Top Five Fossil Fools in Illinois Politics?

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:08 PM

Illinois may be more famous for imprisoned governors, but as a coal state struggling with its energy future, some of our politicians have wacky things to say about fossil fuels. With the threatened start of fracking plus backlash to EPA proposing new rules on carbon emissions, you can...

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Illinois Rejects Fracking Sacrifice Zones in Latest Victory

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 4:46 PM

Illinois scored a victory this week against an attempt to sacrifice parts of the state to poorly regulated fracking. State Representative John Bradley introduced a bill to cut short the process of writing new regulation while also creating a fracking moratorium only in the Chicagoland area. The response showed that...

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How Much Fracking Will Remain Unregulated in Illinois?

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 7:57 PM

Fracking has begun in Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn's Department of Natural Resources issued a permit for a test well at a site where oil fracking is planned. The well isn't subject to Illinois fracking rules due to loopholes in the law passed last year.

By utilizing methods that require...

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Facing Unprecedented Extraction Crisis, Illinois Environmental Groups Make Call to Action

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 9:48 AM

Illinois is facing an extraction crisis. Expanded coal mining and the looming threat of fracking will create an unprecedented two-pronged threat to southern and central Illinois. Grassroots groups on the front lines of the extraction crisis raised the alarm in a letter to the Illinois General Assembly.

The letter calls...

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Over 5,000 Ask Illinois Attorney General to Investigate Permit at Peabody Strip Mine

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Over 5,000 people signed a CREDO mobile petition in just a few days asking Attorney General Lisa Madigan to halt logging and review the permit for a Peabody Strip Mine near Equality, Illinois. The petitions asks:

Due to the extraordinary number of unaddressed issues and permit inconsistencies and...
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Johnson County Illinois Residents Have Fracking Industry Panicked

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 9:10 AM

Johnson County, Illinois has oil and gas interests panicked about a local effort to stop fracking. They're spending tens of thousands in the rural county to defeat a referendum that opposes fracking and defends local rights. The referendum reads:

"Shall the people's right to local self-government be asserted...
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Illinois Democratic Congressional Candidates Callis, Gollin, Green Talk Climate Change, Fracking

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 12:05 PM

The three Democrats running in Illinois' 13th Congressional district primary recently answered my questions about climate change and energy issues. It's one of the hottest Congressional races in the nation since freshman incumbent Republican Rodney Davis narrowly won with merely 46.5% of the vote in 2012.

The central Illinois...

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Head of Illinois Mine Safety Took Thousands in Campaign Contributions from Coal Baron Chris Cline

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Tony Mayville is a candidate for State Representative in southern Illinois and Chairman of the Washington County Democratic Party. He has also supervised the Mine Safety division and served as acting director of Mines & Minerals at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Over several years, including time while Mayville...

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Video: Why Illinois Regulators Won't Make Fracking Safe

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 3:50 PM

A disturbing new video of poisoned water, leaking oil rigs, and lax enforcement at Illinois oil wells highlights why proposed fracking regulation won't protect the state's environment or people. The Greenpeace interview with a southern Illinois native and former oil worker shows a fracking test well in a...

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Will Illinois Ban Fracking After Disaster Strikes Or Before?

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 12:22 PM

An Illinois ban on fracking is inevitable. The question is whether it will happen before or after a major fracking disaster.

The public comment period on Illinois' draft regulations ended January 3 with groups in potentially impacted areas repeating their call for a ban on fracking. A group of...

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The Statehouse Bubble Bursts: Illinois Revolts Against Fracking

(5) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 9:46 AM

The Statehouse acted in a bubble when they passed Illinois' fracking law in 2013. The cooperation of a few compromising green groups, the support of a Governor who sometimes defends the environment, and the enthusiasm of a few southern Illinois legislators led many to believe the regulatory bill which...

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Chicago and Southern Illinois Hearings Show Unity Against Fracking

(6) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 10:17 AM

At two public hearings on proposed regulation, residents of Chicago and southern Illinois showed they stand united against fracking in the Land of Lincoln. The crowd in Chicago got rowdy when a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hearing officer told a packed room they shouldn't speak out for...

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Southern Illinois Unprepared for Social Costs of Fracking Boom

(10) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 2:32 PM

The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence is concerned southern Illinois is unprepared for the social costs of a potential fracking boom. Most attention is given to the environmental consequences of fracking, but a Pennsylvania study by Food & Water Watch is bringing focus to social impacts on rural areas....

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Governor Quinn's Dirty Coal Plant Waiver Continues Assault on Illinois Environment

(3) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 4:55 PM

The Illinois Pollution Control Board appointed by Governor Pat Quinn approved a waiver to allow five aging coal plants to continue operating without meeting current pollution standards. Dynegy Inc. is purchasing five downstate coal plants from Ameren corp., and successfully sought permission to delay installing overdue pollution controls.

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