After tabling an ordinance to allow for oil extraction at Du Quoin City Lake last month for lack of support, Mayor Guy Alongi said he’s directed the city attorney to prepare the lake and surrounding city-owned land for sale.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Oil and Gas Resource Management last week received an application notice for high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing permit from Wichita, Kansas-based Woolsey Operating Co. LLC, HVHHF, according to a news release.
Environmentalists are again touting a severance tax on Illinois's coal production. Coal industry lobbyists said the tax would be another attack on an already-embattled economic driver.
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CARBONDALE — Some state representatives and a state coal association are calling for brakes on a government agency that is trying to update its rules governing the impact of mining on surface and ground waters, wildlife and the environment.
MOUNT VERNON — Low oil prices and strict regulations have made Illinois undesirable for fracking, but at least one oil company is still interested in pursing that possibility in the state.
CARBONDALE -- Almost half of Illinois voters — 48.6 percent — tend to oppose hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” because of concerns about the environment, according to a new poll released Monday by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University.
ST. LOUIS — The oil and gas drilling technique known as "fracking," once trumpeted as a job-creating boon for Southern Illinois, is off to a feeble start in the state as slumping oil prices and the rigors of Illinois' new regulations have energy interests cautiously waiting on the sidelines.
Plunging oil prices sparked largely by surging U.S. production on the global market are not expected to slow prospecting energy companies that have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Southern Illinois.
Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment filed an appeal Monday to a judge's denial of an injunction that would prevent the fracking permitting process from moving forward.
A request for a preliminary injunction to stop fracking rules from being enacted has been denied by a Madison County judge.
State fracking rules were approved Thursday by a legislative committee, green lighting the controversial gas and oil drilling process more than 16 months after Gov. Quinn signed the legislation.
O.IL (Opportunity In Land) will be hosting a county hall meeting at 7 p.m. today in First Baptist Church in McLeansboro. The church is located at 302 Market St. and the meeting is open to the public.
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More than 250 filled the White County Fairgrounds building Tuesday as attorneys, political leaders and oil industry leaders voiced their support for hydraulic fracturing in an event sponsored by Opportunity in Land.
SPRINGFIELD -- Even though it could further delay the launch of fracking in Illinois, a coalition of business and labor groups wants the Quinn administration to redraft rules regulating the controversial oil and gas drilling process.
Despite the fact that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources increased fines tenfold for violation of the state’s fracking regulations in its latest round of rulemaking, environmentalists say that’s not enough to deter the industry from breaking the rules.
Marc Miller, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, sat down with The Southern's Editorial Board to discuss new rules for hydraulic fracturing and other issues related to the state's plans to implement fracking.
The revised rules necessary to implement the state’s Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act are in the hands of the committee that will ultimately decide their fate.
These documents were provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and pertain to public comments and decisions regarding the implementation of the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act.
News of the impending release Friday of long-awaited rules needed to implement fracking drew reactions ranging from cautious optimism to outright outrage.
SPRINGFIELD -- When Gov. Pat Quinn signed sweeping legislation last year to regulate hydraulic fracturing, he was joined by business groups in saying the controversial oil and natural gas drilling process would mean thousands of jobs in hard-hit rural areas of downstate Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD -- Armed with a 15-foot puppet of Gov. Pat Quinn, groups hoping to stop fracking in Illinois attempted to disrupt a breakfast meeting of top state Democrats on Wednesday.
Anti-fracking groups are taking their message to the state capital this week.
In three years of working in the fracking fields of North Dakota, Rick Tippett has witnessed two accidents, he said.
If state rule delays or the anti-horizontal fracking movement doesn't drive oil and gas companies away, coal mines might, a Southern Illinois petroleum broker said.