natural gas

Hydraulic Fracturing
5:22 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Public Comment Period Opens For Illinois 'Fracking' Legislation

Illustration of water cycle for hydraulic fracturing.
Credit (via U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking public feedback on the state's first-ever regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.

The DNR published proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing today, which begins a public comment period that will last until Jan. 3.

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Fracking
2:15 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Gov. Quinn Signs New Fracking Regulations

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. (via Flickr/jglazer75)
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday giving the state the nation's strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.


In a news release, Quinn says the law will "unlock the potential" for thousands of jobs in southern Illinois while protecting the environment. Quinn's signature was expected after the measure sailed through the Illinois Legislature.

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Natural Gas
4:11 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Lambert Upgrading Vehicle Fleet To Run On Natural Gas

Groundbreaking for a new CNG station at Lambert Airport.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Lambert St. Louis Airport is upgrading the way it fuels its fleet of vehicles. Monday the Laclede Group and Siemens held a groundbreaking for a new natural gas fueling station at the airport.

The station will serve 160 fleet vehicles that run on compressed natural gas - a fuel that's considerably cheaper than gasoline.

Laclede Group CEO Suzanne Sitherwood says the station will also be available for the public to use.

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Utility rates
3:33 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Ameren Illinois Seeks $50M Gas Rate Increase

(via Flickr/Fergus Randall)

One of Illinois's largest natural gas providers is seeking a $50 million rate increase for its 813,000 customers.

Ameren Illinois filed the paperwork requesting the rate case with the Illinois Commerce Commission today. The company says it needs the additional revenue to recoup infrastructure investments and cover the rising costs of delivering natural gas.

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Natural Gas
3:50 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Quinn vetoes synthetic gas plant legislation

A gas stove burner, a familiar sight to some natural gas customers.

Will be updated further. Updated 5:06 p.m. with Associated Press story of Quinn's veto.

Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would have forced Illinois natural gas utilities to buy synthetic gas from a proposed plant on Chicago's South Side.

The governor vetoed the bill on Friday. It would have forced Nicor Gas and Ameren Corp. to buy synthetic natural gas from the Leucadia Corp. gasification plant for 30 years to help pay for its construction.

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Ameren Rate Increase
3:08 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Ameren rate increase OK'd; watchdog group will appeal

(via Flickr/Fergus Randall)

Illinois regulators have given Ameren Corp. permission to raise natural gas rates by about $32 million but a watchdog group says it will appeal the decision.

The Illinois Commerce Commission said Wednesday that it will allow Missouri-based Ameren to raise its natural gas rates by 1.2 percent to 5.4 percent depending where customers live. They would go up starting later this month.

The Citizens Utility Board said Thursday it will appeal the decision.

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Ameren Missouri
3:27 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Rates rising for Ameren Mo. natural gas customers

Natural gas customers of Ameren Missouri soon will see their rates go up, but not by much.

The monthly bill for a typical residential customer is projected to rise by about $3.30 under a plan approved by state regulators.

The increase will take effect Feb. 1.

The Missouri Public Service Commission said Thursday the rate agreement will generate about $5.6 million annually for Ameren Missouri. The company had requested an $11.9 million rate increase.

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