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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Mar 13, 2013

Anti-Fracking Protesters March On Statehouse, Madigan Supports Moratorium

More than 100 protesters descended on the Illinois Statehouse in Springfield yesterday to rally against a regulatory bill and call for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Illinois.

Opponents to hydraulic fracturing say it has a negative environmental impact, including extreme water and air pollution. Demonstrators yesterday spoke with legislators and passed petitions that urged lawmakers to support a two-year moratorium on fracking in Illinois.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Mar 5, 2013

Aversion To Fracking Continues In Illinois Despite Compromise Bill

As the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act was moved to committee yesterday, a coalition of 15 organizations sent a letter to Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly, asking for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, instead of regulations on the oil and gas drilling technology.

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Mon Feb 25, 2013

Op-Ed: Protecting Illinois From Fracking

The following was written by Jack Darin, director of the Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter.

The prospect of the gas industry coming Illinois to extract gas from beneath our state using high-volume hydraulic fracturing has caused a great deal of controversy and concern, especially in parts of Illinois where leasing for drilling rights has been underway for well over a year. Horror stories from other states about open pits of toxic wastewater, secret brews of toxins injected into the earth, air emissions sickening neighbors, and contaminated drinking water are just a few of the impacts seen elsewhere. 

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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jun 20, 2012

Legislators Look At Environmental Successes, Unfinished Business From Spring Session

The state’s recent legislative session brought about environmental successes from Cook County’s landfill-expansion ban to dry cleaning chemical restrictions, but environmental advocates in the General Assembly and members of the Environmental Law and Policy Center say more work is still needed to protect Illinois.

State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) and State Reps. Elaine Nekritz (D-Des Plaines), Michael Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) and Michael Zalewski (D-Summit) met Tuesday afternoon at the Environmental Law and Policy Center’s office, located at 35 E. Wacker Dr., to recap what did — and didn’t happen — in Springfield this past legislative session.