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