Illinois Approves Secret Fracking Rules: IL Enviro Council Thrown Under Bus, Grassroots Hold Line

Posted by Mike Confino, November 9, 2014

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On the heels of the nation’s fastest growing coal mining rush, a state legislative committee chaired by Sierra Club champion Sen. Don Harmon officially unleashed fracking in Illinois today, approving the final regulatory rules in secret, as legislators essentially dumped the concerns of compromising lobbyists with the Illinois Environmental Council and Sierra Club in closed-door meetings.

Despite the historic and embarrassing loss for the Chicago environmental groups, downstate grassroots group who have rallied tens of thousands of participants to protest fracking regulatory flaws defiantly called for direct actions to “resist this with our bodies, our hearts and our minds,” according to farmer Blaze Smith, and continued to hold the line against the long-time denounced fracking regulatory machinations.

via Illinois Approves Secret Fracking Rules: IL Enviro Council Thrown Under Bus, Grassroots Hold Line | Jeff Biggers.