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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Illinois’ Flawed Fracking Law Is Everyone’s Problem, Ecologist Says

Illinois’ Flawed Fracking Law Is Everyone’s Problem, Ecologist Says
June 4, 2013 | Yes Magazine | Jeff Biggers, Ben Evans

The backroom negotiations behind the midwestern state’s new fracking regulations may be a taste of what’s to come in other places.

 
What happens in Illinois, doesn't stay in Illinois. That was the message last week of acclaimed scientist and author Sandra Steingraber, who joined the growing local uprising’s last ditch effort to pass a moratorium on the controversial hydraulic gas drilling operations until the state could conduct a comprehensive scientific and health assessment.

The Illinois House and Senate passed a regulatory bill last Friday, which had been brokered in a backroom deal by Illinois Democrats, gas industry and labor representatives, and a small cadre of environmental groups but—to the consternation of Steingraber and grassroot activists—without any independent scientists, health experts, or impacted downstate residents at the negotiating table.

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