Fracking the US: Some Recent News

As the clock continues to tick toward the January 3rd deadline here in Illinois, when the public commenting period ends for the initial review of the IDNR’s draft regulations for fracking the Prairie State, news about the economics and environmental impacts of this oil/gas extraction boom seemingly pop up every day. Here are a few highlights from recent weeks.

Elfin activists from Rising Tide Chicago erect a fracking rig in Gov. Pat Quinn's front yard on Chicago's NW Side in protest of the IL legislature's support of fracking in the Prairie State  (photo: Rising Tide Chicago)

Elfin activists from Rising Tide Chicago erect a fracking rig in Gov. Pat Quinn’s front yard on Chicago’s NW Side in protest of the IL legislature’s support of fracking in the Prairie State
(photo: Rising Tide Chicago)

“‘Elves’ Protest Fracking on IL Governor’s Lawn” (Chicago Tribune, 24 Dec 2013)

Fracking Hell: What It’s Really Like To Live Next to a Shale Gas Well” (The Guardian, 13 Dec 2013)

EPA Report on Fracking in Texas Raises New Concerns” (LA Times, 24 Dec 2013)

In Big Victory, PA Supreme Court Rules Local Towns Retain Zoning Power” (Earth Justice, 19 Dec 2013)

Americans Uninformed about Fracking, Says New Study” (Climate Central, 21 Nov 2013); access the report here from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing in New York state attend a news conference and rally against fracking 11 Jan 2012 in New York City. (photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing in New York state attend a news conference and rally against fracking 11 Jan 2012 in New York City.
(photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Found At Fracking Sites Linked To Cancer, Infertility: Study” (The Huffington Post, 20 Dec 2013)

And last but not least, this post from out blog provides links to information about the status of fracking here in Illinois and explains how readers can submit comments on the IL Department of Natural Resource’s draft regulations on fracking. The deadline for comments ends on January 3rd, and the more IL citizens who submit comments the better, both in terms of supplying IDNR with constructive criticism on the draft regs and demonstrating that the citizenry is fully engaged with this effort.

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