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Judge: Illinois Fracking Rules Can Be Published

Chicago Tribune: A southern Illinois circuit judge Friday struck down a move that would have prevented the start of fracking in Illinois. Madison County Judge Barbara Crowder said she won't stop rules governing the practice from taking effect because the southern Illinois residents who requested the preliminary injunction failed to establish that they would suffer "irreparable harm." "Conclusory allegations that some of the plaintiffs have land near some areas where someone may file an application for a permit...

Fracking opponents take their fight to Chicago

Chicago Tribune: Hundreds of miles from the shale oil of southern Illinois, nearly 300 people jammed into a hearing room in Chicago this week in an attempt to turn the tide against horizontal hydraulic fracturing. "This is where the majority of the people are. This is where the majority of the legislators are. There is a lot of political weight in this area," said Tabitha Tripp, who drove six hours from southern Illinois to speak for two minutes at a pre-hearing news conference. Though the law regulating fracking...

United States: Gov. Pat Quinn vetoes coal-to-gas plants

Chicago Tribune: In vetoing two bills Monday that would have paved the way for two coal-to-gas plants to be built in the state, Gov. Pat Quinn signaled his support for cleaner uses of Illinois coal but said he would not support the technology at the expense of consumers. The bills would have forced state utilities to buy synthetic natural gas, which was expected to be more expensive than natural gas for the next two decades, from a $3 billion plant on Chicago's Southeast Side proposed by New York-based Leucadia...