Illinois Revises Fracking Regs

In August, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) submitted an extensive draft of rules regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling to the Illinois legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. The committee has 77 days to approve the rules after they are submitted. The regulations contain modifications that have raised concerns from both anti-fracking activists… More »

Michigan Gov. Forms Panel on Fracking Waste

Following public concern regarding storage of radioactive waste in Michigan, the Detroit News reports that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced plans “to create an expert panel to review how low-activity radioactive materials are disposed of following criticism of the state’s waste-handling policies.” As a result, EQ, the private company operating the Wayne Disposal facility that… More »

NC Regulatory Hearings Draw Crowds

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission is holding a series of hearings on proposed oil and gas regulations and hundreds from the state have come out to attend and testify before the commission. The Associated Press reports that “Nearly 400 people filled an auditorium at North Carolina State University for the first of four… More »

Fracking Fights Stay Local

An article by AlterNet outlines how battles over fracking are being fought largely at the local level in areas like New York and Colorado. In towns like Vestal, New York, landowners are forming collectives to counter efforts of anti-fracking activists pushing for limits on oil and gas drilling. AlterNet reports that “in areas like Vestal,… More »