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by Ellyn Fortino
4:30pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Environmental Group Blasts IDNR For Paying 'Industry Front Groups' To Review Draft Fracking Rules

An environmental group is up in arms after learning that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) apparently paid more than $35,000 to oil and gas "industry front groups" to review draft rules related to the state's Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act, which Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law in June.

IDNR released its first draft of the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act's administrative rules on November 15. The agency is currently weighing some 35,000 public comments it received on the state's proposed rules for the controversial horizontal oil and gas drilling technology. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the practice of releasing Earth's natural gas by horizontally drilling with a high-pressure mixture of water, sand or gravel, and chemicals to create cracks in deep layers of shale rock.

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by Ellyn Fortino
7:29pm
Thu Apr 17, 2014

Schneider, Enviros Discuss Lake Michigan Oil Spill; Great Lakes Infrastructure Initiatives

In the wake of the BP oil spill in Lake Michigan, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL,10) met with local elected officials and environmental leaders in Highland Park to discuss ways to better protect and revitalize the Great Lakes region.

"Our needs are really very basic," Highland Park Mayor Nancy Roterin told the congressman on Thursday. "Keep our water clean and help us improve access to the beaches. [And] whatever you can to do to prevent these oil spills and the things like what happened at Whiting."

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by Ashlee Rezin
5:11pm
Thu Feb 20, 2014

Environmentalists Call For Stricter Regulations On Factory Farms

Factory farms are one of the leading causes of pollution in Illinois’ rivers and lakes, according to a group of environmental activists who called on the state to impose stricter regulations—and even a moratorium—on industrial livestock production.

“Clean water is critical to the environment, to public health, and to the quality of life in Illinois. Factory farms seriously threaten the health of our waterways,” said Lisa Nikodem, campaign director for Environment Illinois Research and Education Center.

Environment Illinois joined organic farmers Wednesday morning at the Heartland Café, located at 7000 N. Glenwood Ave. in Chicago, to put a spotlight on water pollution caused by the large-scale release of animal waste at concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), commonly called factory farms.

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by Ashlee Rezin
11:41am
Sun Dec 1, 2013

IDNR Hosts Public Hearing On Proposed Fracking Administrative Rules (VIDEO)

Proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing in Illinois fell under harsh scrutiny Tuesday night, as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) hosted its first public hearing on draft regulations before the controversial horizontal oil and gas drilling technology comes to the state.

“I know that we need natural gas, but we need to do this in the safest way possible so that we’re not killing ourselves,” said Jessica Bryant, a representative of Greenpeace, in her speech before the panel of five IDNR representatives.

Bryant was one of more than 250 people to attend Tuesday’s meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the first of five public hearings on the state's draft fracking administrative rules.

“There are about a million fracking wells nationwide. Industry itself has admitted that at least 5 percent of those wells have failed, in case you’re not good at math, that’s 50,000 wells ... What are the chances you live close to one of those wells,” asked Bryant, pointing out that the cement casing in the wells could leak, causing the water and chemicals used in fracking to leak and contaminate groundwater.

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by Ashlee Rezin
10:55am
Mon Oct 21, 2013

Protesters Demand That No Fracking Permits Be Issued In Illinois (VIDEO)

Less than one month after the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) opened registration for individuals and firms interested in applying for hydraulic fracturing permits, a group of protesters gathered in Chicago on Friday to say they don’t want the oil and gas drilling technology in their state.

“We want Marc Miller and all of the people at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to be sure they hear our message,” said Jessica Fujan, an organizer with Food & Water Watch. “There is no such thing as safe fracking. For our water, for our air, for our farmers and for our future, we want to ban fracking now.”

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