Some Southern Illinois residents are concerned about hydraulic fracturing related water quality, chemical trade secrets and the size of fines levied on the industry.
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.
Illinois officials say they will improve all-terrain vehicle recreational access by selling usage stamps beginning early next year.
The Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that $15 "off-highway vehicle" stamps will be issued by approved vendors along with hunting and fishing licenses. They will be valid from April 1 through March 31, 2015.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be able to hire more veterans under new legislation signed into law. Governor Pat Quinn signed four veterans-related bills yesterday in honor of the Illinois State Fair's Veterans Day. One law allows the agency to hire more veterans as conservation police by waiving the four-year college requirement and goes into effect immediately. Another bill doubles the number of days allotted for military service-related hospital visits for some state employees from two to four days annually. The other laws deal with treatment records of veterans i
A bill regulating hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is advancing in the Illinois legislature. The state Senate unanimously passed a bill yesterday addressing the decades-old but debated technology used to reach previously inaccessible natural gas reserves deep underground. The bill comes as energy companies are pushing to prospect possible drilling sites using fracking in southern Illinois. The legislation allows the state's Department of Natural Resources to regulate fracking.