Environment

Environment
5:56 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

IL fracking registration begins for companies

It'll likely be next year before oil and gas companies looking to "frack" in Illinois can begin. But the registration process is underway.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:39 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

National report says Bartonville coal plant causes pollution

Area environmental groups say a national report draws attention to Ameren Energy Resources’ coal plant in Bartonville.

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Environment
7:11 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Making household hazardous waste events easier

There's a push in Springfield to create a fund that would make it easier for communities to hold household hazardous waste events, similar to the hugely-successful one in Bloomington-Normal last fall. Walter Willis of Hampshire heads up the Illinois Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. He says his group has lobbied for the Paint Stewardship Law, which would develop a revenue stream through the sale of paint products that could fund community-wide events.

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Environment
3:53 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Groups sue over alleged pollution from Bartonville coal plant

Environmental groups filed a lawsuit against Ameren Energy Resources for alleged air pollution violations at the Edwards coal plant in Bartonville.  The Sierra Club, National Resources Defense Council and other groups filed the lawsuit in federal court.  They say the plant violated the Clean Air Act more than 1,000 times in the last five years.  Kady McFadden is with the Sierra Club.  She says the lawsuit is seeking better pollution controls at the plant:

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Environment
5:56 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Environmentalists pressure advocates on fracking issue

A coalition of environmental groups accuse other advocates of selling out when it comes to the drilling technique known as "hydraulic fracturing."  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.  

 Environmentalists have warned of the dangers of "fracking" - a process that extracts natural gas or oil by pumping millions of gallons of water and chemicals deep underground.That's why it was a big deal a couple weeks ago that the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council stood with business leaders to announce they'd reached an agreement that could pave the way for fracking in Illinois.
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Government
4:13 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Groups reach fracking agreement in Illinois

Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, announces an agreement to regulate the oil and gas extraction process known as “fracking.” Speaking Thursday in the Illinois Statehouse, both business groups and environmentalists say they support the proposal.

Environmentalists and business groups have reached an agreement that paves the way for "fracking" in Illinois. IPR's Brian Mackey has more on Thursday's announcement.  

It was an unusual sight: supporters of the oil and gas industry sharing a podium with environmental activists. They've agreed on legislation that would regulate the oil and gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

Jack Darin, with the Illinois chapter of the Sierra Club, says fracking is coming to Illinois, so it's better to compromise on new rules than to do nothing.

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