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Tag Archives: Fracking

Coalition pushes for state to enact hydraulic fracturing regulations after more than a year

  Four hundred days have passed since the state legislature in Illinois passed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act in 2013, but as yet the law has not been enacted. That leaves the legislators and environmental groups in Illinois who worked closely together on the bill scratching their heads and wondering …

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Opponents of ballot initiative announce formation of committee

Update Feb. 21:  After first publishing this article with the headline “Proponents for fracking announce formation of committee,” the Times was contacted for a correction as the committee emphasized they are neither “for” nor “against” fracking: First, we made it really clear that our group has nothing to do with …

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SIU to host one of three additional IDNR fracking hearings

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has scheduled three additional public hearings on its proposed regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling after it originally scheduled only two public hearings with the first of those to be held Nov. 26 in Chicago and the second to be held Dec. 3 …

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Protestors seek audience with Quinn over fracking

Saline County resident Dayna Conner, from Stonefort, is not alone in her desire to have an audience with Illinois lawmakers on the subject of proposed hydraulic fracturing in southern Illinois. Conner and two others began a sit-in at Gov. Pat Quinn’s office Tuesday morning, returning Wednesday as they sought an …

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Commissioners approve moratorium on fracking

After many months of debate and a collection of concerns voiced at a recent town hall held in Goreville, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 on Monday in support of a one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. While the approval is largely symbolic, Johnson County’s measure aligns it with …

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Commissioners to hold public forum in Goreville on fracking

The Johnson County commissioners voted Monday at a regularly scheduled commissioners meeting to hold a public dialogue forum on May 8, at the Goreville High School cafeteria on the subject of hydraulic fracturing. According to a press release issued by the University of Illinois Extension office in Vienna, “The commissioners …

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County Commissioners: more time needed to debate fracking

The Johnson County commissioners said more time was needed to debate their position on a proposal to sign a letter of support in asking the state of Illinois to place a two-year moratorium on the process of hydraulic fracturing. Speaking at the County Commissioner’s meeting Monday,  commissioner Phil Stewart said …

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Massive fracks in Illinois: Speculation or reality?

By Susan Odum, Extension Educator, Community Economic Development, University of Illinois Extension If you have been keeping up with current events, you most likely are aware that energy company representatives are researching land records at our local courthouses and working to secure oil and gas leases from mineral rights owners …

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Workshop helps landowners better understand fracking

When a pair of presenters from Ohio State University Extension finished an educational workshop last Thursday in the Gambit Event Center entitled, “Leasing Farmland for Oil and Gas Production,” Johnson County resident and landowner Verna Taylor left with as many questions as she arrived with. Taylor took notes and listened …

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Fracking finds opponents in Johnson County

Author’s note: In the course of writing this article, outside of those interviewed for the story, nearly 100 percent of the people I’ve spoken to this past week regarding the issue of Fracking have never heard of the process and knew next to nothing of its probable proximity in Johnson …

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