News

Fracking Opponents Deliver Petitions

Fracking Opponents Deliver Petitions

Photo: clipart.com

On the last day to comment on the draft rules for regulated hydraulic fracturing in Illinois, the forces against “fracking” made their numbers known.

About two dozen people from Southern Illinois brought 1,700 petition signatures, having already submitted more than 20,000 comments online, to Illinois Department of Natural Resources headquarters in Springfield.

“Any atrocity to our well-being, any atrocity to take away our Constitutional rights, any atrocity to possibly give someone cancer – yeah, I would say, impeachment absolutely” is a possibility, said one organizer, Georgia de la Garza of West Frankfort. “I don’t want a governor and a leader taking me and my children to that place.”

“These inadequate rules will leave nothing but legacies of disasters to those who voted on this irresponsible law and abandoned Illinois taxpayers who will indeed foot the bill for public health issues like cancer and leukemia,” said another protestor, Tabitha Tripp of Union County.

De la Garza said those who would comment at public hearings were told “the train has already left the station.” She says she hopes the governor’s office and DNR hear otherwise.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Woman Accused of Fatal Accident Wants New Attorney

Fresh
ANDREA LITTLE 102052

Andrea Little had been expected to plead guilty.

in Local

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 2 Decatur Residents

jail

Two Decatur residents have been charged by a federal grand jury in Springfield.

in Local

House Fails to Override Veto of Union-Backed Bill

rauner

The House voted 68-34 to override Rauner's veto of the bill. It needed 71 votes to become law.

in Local

Child Care Assistance Program Changes Fail By One Vote

local_news_generic

A plan to restore state-subsidized child care assistance for low-income working parents has failed by one vote in the Illinois House.

in Local

Peoria Settles With Man Who Parodied Mayor on Twitter

twitter

The city of Peoria will pay $125,000 to a man whose home was raided after he created a Twitter account to parody the mayor.