fracking http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Public Comment Period Opens For Illinois 'Fracking' Legislation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/public-comment-period-opens-illinois-fracking-legislation <p>The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking public feedback on the state's first-ever regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilandGas/Pages/Hydraulicfracturing.aspx">DNR</a> published<a href="http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume37_issue46.pdf"> proposed regulations</a> for hydraulic fracturing today, which begins a public comment period that will last until Jan. 3.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:22:37 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin & Associated Press 31502 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Public Comment Period Opens For Illinois 'Fracking' Legislation Gov. Quinn Signs New Fracking Regulations http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-signs-new-fracking-regulations <P>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn <A href="http://www3.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=2&amp;RecNum=11278">signed legislation Monday </A>giving the state the nation's strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.</P> <P>In a news release, Quinn says the law will "unlock the potential" for thousands of jobs in southern Illinois while protecting the environment. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:15:05 +0000 The Associated Press & The Associated Press 27474 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gov. Quinn Signs New Fracking Regulations Fracking Regulation Measure Advances To Full Ill. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fracking-regulation-measure-advances-full-ill-house <p><em>Reporting from Chris Slaby.</em></p><p>A measure that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” heads to the full Illinois House after Representatives approved it at a hearing Tuesday.</p><p>The plan, which passed unanimously, comes two months after a previous version appeared to have enough momentum to go before the House. It stalled over environmentalists’ raised concern there was not enough protection to keep water wells from becoming contaminated.</p><p>Unions were also divided over a labor dispute.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 19:36:23 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 26601 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fracking Regulation Measure Advances To Full Ill. House Friction Over Fracking Continues In Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/friction-over-fracking-continues-illinois <p>Dozens of environmentalists and land owners are meeting with lawmakers in Springfield hoping to persuade them to temporarily ban high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.<br>&nbsp;<br>Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," held a rally and lobbied Illinois legislators yesterday. They're hoping to win support for a two-year moratorium on the practice instead of regulations that would allow it.<br>&nbsp;<br>Fracking opponents say they were ignored during negotiations over a regulatory bill, which proponents say would give Illinois the nation's toughest regulations. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:19:22 +0000 The Associated Press 10154 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Friction Over Fracking Continues In Illinois Environmentalists, Business Groups Reach Deal On Fracking In Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/environmentalists-business-groups-reach-deal-fracking-illinois <p><em>Brian Mackey contributed reporting from Springfield, Ill.</em></p><p>It was an odd sight at the Illinois state Capitol today -&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">supporters of the oil and gas industry sharing a podium with environmental activists.</span></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:55:54 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 9532 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Environmentalists, Business Groups Reach Deal On Fracking In Illinois Ill. legislation regulating 'fracking' advances http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-legislation-regulating-fracking-advances <p>Illinois legislation is advancing that&nbsp;would regulate decades-old but debated technology used to reach&nbsp;previously inaccessible natural gas reserves deep underground.</p><p>The state Senate on Thursday unanimously sent to the House a&nbsp;bill addressing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That technology&nbsp;involves using mixtures of water, sand and chemicals to free&nbsp;below-ground energy reserves.</p><p>Senate Bill 3280 comes as energy companies are pushing to prospect possible drilling sites using fracking in southern&nbsp;Illinois.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:22:47 +0000 The Associated Press 3580 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. legislation regulating 'fracking' advances