Friday, January 3rd, marked the deadline to submit comments regarding draft rules governing the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. At 4:00 pm on Friday the Illinois Chapter’s comment letter along with the 3,515 comments you, our membership generated, were hand-delivered to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in Springfield. Sierra Club joined citizens and organizations… Continue reading Sierra Club sends a strong message–fracking rules must be strengthed
Sierra Club Releases “Tales from the Pit,” A Collection of Firsthand Accounts of Illinois’ Resource Extraction Rush
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 Contact: Terri Treacy, firstname.lastname@example.org CHICAGO, IL—It’s the scary season, but some horror stories are no fun at all. This month Sierra Club launched a spooky series of stories, ‘Tales from the Pit,’ about resource extraction threats casting shadows across the Illinois countryside. The stories are submitted by citizens who live near… Continue reading Sierra Club Releases “Tales from the Pit,” A Collection of Firsthand Accounts of Illinois’ Resource Extraction Rush
Protecting Illinois From Fracking
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… Continue reading Protecting Illinois From Fracking
Don’t Frack With Illinois!
That’s the message a growing coalition of organizations and concerned citizens is sending to industry and decision-makers regarding the proposal to open Illinois to high-volume hydraulic fracturing–or fracking. Gas leasing speculation has been quite a spectacle in Illinois, especially in the southeastern counties where shale gas development is thought to be the most promising. We… Continue reading Don’t Frack With Illinois!
Water Issues Targeted at this Year’s Illinois Hunting and Fishing Day Celebrations
This year’s National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebrations in northern and southern Illinois were a great opportunity for Illinois Chapter Sierra Club staff and volunteers to engage the public on many water-centric issues in Illinois. Armed with buttons, stickers, flyers, and fact sheets our volunteers and staff cast their lines and reeled in a sizable… Continue reading Water Issues Targeted at this Year’s Illinois Hunting and Fishing Day Celebrations
Southern Illinois Judge Grants Natural Gas Rights From More Than 1000 People Without Their Permission
Just two weeks ago the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft report linking hydraulic fracturing to groundwater contamination. Yet, despite this report, yesterday a Saline County, Illinois judge granted Colorado-based Next Energy, LLC the right to lease mineral rights from more than a thousand people without their permission! Deep beneath the coal seams… Continue reading Southern Illinois Judge Grants Natural Gas Rights From More Than 1000 People Without Their Permission