fracking http://wkms.org en Johnson County To Vote On Fracking, But Debate Not Likely To End Soon http://wkms.org/post/johnson-county-vote-fracking-debate-not-likely-end-soon <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&#160;<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/krcu/audio/2014/03/2014_03_17_JoCoFrack_FEATURE_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Kris </span>Pirmann<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;"> walks through a high tunnel at <a href="http://www.rivertoriverfarm.com/">his farm</a> in rural <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/plac Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:27:35 +0000 Jacob McCleland 39295 at http://wkms.org Johnson County To Vote On Fracking, But Debate Not Likely To End Soon Anti-Fracking Advocates Claim Media Ban in Johnson County http://wkms.org/post/anti-fracking-advocates-claim-media-ban-johnson-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Johnson County, Illinois prepares to vote on a </span><a href="http://wkms.org/post/fracking-debate-ignites-johnson-county-ill" style="line-height: 1.5;">measure that seeks to ban hydraulic fracturing in the county</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>anti-fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> advocates are accusing the local newspapers of presenting a one-sided argument.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:17:04 +0000 John Null 38971 at http://wkms.org Anti-Fracking Advocates Claim Media Ban in Johnson County Kentucky Unemployment Increases Compared to 2012 http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-unemployment-increases-compared-2012 <p>The unemployment rate has risen over the past year in 96 of Kentucky’s 120 counties.&nbsp;</p><p>Data from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training shows that the statewide unemployment rate for November was up slightly over last year at 7.7%, with an increase of three-tenths of a percent.</p><p>Workforce Development Cabinet Economist Manoj&nbsp;Shanker says the increase reflects a particularly devastating year for Eastern Kentucky communities, which have the highest unemployment rates in Kentucky.</p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:59:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37621 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Unemployment Increases Compared to 2012 Can One Southern Illinois County Ban Fracking? http://wkms.org/post/can-one-southern-illinois-county-ban-fracking <div><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/krcu/audio/2013/12/2013_12_18_JohnsonCoFrack_FEATURE.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kris </span>Pirmann<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and a handful of other Johnson County residents stand outside the county commission office in Vienna, Ill., a town of about 1,400 people tucked into southern Illinois’ rolling hills near the Shawnee National Forest.&#160;</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Southern Illinois. I grew up as a Navy brat. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:41:15 +0000 Jacob McCleland 37469 at http://wkms.org Can One Southern Illinois County Ban Fracking? Southern Illinoisans Express Concern About Fracking at Public Hearing http://wkms.org/post/southern-illinoisans-express-concern-about-fracking-public-hearing <p></p><p>Some Southern Illinois residents are concerned about hydraulic fracturing related water quality, chemical trade secrets and the size of fines levied on the industry. &nbsp;</p><p>The comments came from among the 175 present at an Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ public hearing on fracking last night at Rend Lake College in Ina. A six-member panel listened to a range of public comments about the IDNR’s proposed fracking regulations. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:48:07 +0000 Jacob McCleland 37082 at http://wkms.org Southern Illinoisans Express Concern About Fracking at Public Hearing Illinois Environmentalists Pan State’s Proposed Fracking Rules http://wkms.org/post/illinois-environmentalists-pan-state-s-proposed-fracking-rules <div><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/krcu/audio/2013/11/2013_11_22_FrackingRegs_FEATURE1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, the </span><a href="http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Pages/default.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Department of Natural Resources</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span>IDNR<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) released </span><a href="http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilandGas/Documents/ProposedHydraulicFracturing62-245.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">draft rules</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that will regulate hydraulic fract Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:50:40 +0000 Jacob McCleland 36791 at http://wkms.org Illinois Environmentalists Pan State’s Proposed Fracking Rules Coast Guard Considers Changes In Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Transport On Rivers http://wkms.org/post/coast-guard-considers-changes-hydraulic-fracturing-wastewater-transport-rivers <p></p><p>The U.S. Coast Guard is considering a policy change to allow the transport of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on inland waterways.</p><p>Oil and gas companies currently transport most of their wastewater by truck from the shale fields in Ohio and Pennsylvania to states with lighter regulations on storage, like Texas and Louisiana.</p><p>Now companies want to take the river route to save on fuel and personnel costs. But chemicals and other minerals in the wastewater could prove too risky to move by barge. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 17:28:25 +0000 John Walker 36343 at http://wkms.org Coast Guard Considers Changes In Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Transport On Rivers Kentucky Senator Expresses Concern Over Fracking Waste Dumping http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-senator-expresses-concern-over-fracking-waste-dumping <p>A Kentucky lawmaker thinks the legislature should consider some regulations on the disposal of wastes generated by hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.</p><p>State Senator Robin Webb said she’s especially concerned about the potential impact on groundwater.&nbsp; Webb said Kentucky doesn’t have any rules regarding the disposal of such wastes and companies involved in fracking are considering the Commonwealth to locate dump sites. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:30:40 +0000 Dan Conti (KPR) 33021 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Senator Expresses Concern Over Fracking Waste Dumping Johnson County, IL. Supports Moratorium on Fracking http://wkms.org/post/johnson-county-il-supports-moratorium-fracking <p></p><p>Johnson County has joined other counties in southern Illinois supporting a moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing.</p><p>Vice Chairman Phil Stewart was the one Johnson County Commissioner who did not support the one-year moratorium. He says the area needs the jobs.</p><p><em>“Johnson County is, you know, a poor county, needs some revenue,” Stewart says. “And I think it would help.”</em></p><p>But, Stewart says most of the jobs would be temporary. Tue, 21 May 2013 21:14:51 +0000 Whitney Jones 31721 at http://wkms.org Johnson County, IL. Supports Moratorium on Fracking Coalition Says IL 'Fracking' Bill Ready for Vote http://wkms.org/post/coalition-says-il-fracking-bill-ready-vote <p></p><p>Supporters of high-volume oil and gas drilling say a bill to regulate the practice in Illinois is ready for a vote after last-minute negotiations over hiring and environmental concerns.</p><p>The House bill initially had strong support in February but stalled over an amendment requiring energy companies to hire Illinois-licensed water well drillers. Instead, companies will get a break on certain taxes if more than half their workers are from Illinois and receive prevailing wages.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 20:02:40 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 31674 at http://wkms.org Coalition Says IL 'Fracking' Bill Ready for Vote