Posts Tagged ‘Hydraulic Fracturing’

Opponents of ballot initiative announce formation of committee

Update Feb. 21:  After first publishing this article with the headline “Proponents for fracking announce formation of committee,” the Gazette was contacted for a correction as the committee emphasized they are neit...


Johnson County is four weeks away from deciding on a Community Bill of Rights

Fracking the Vote: when ‘yes’ means ‘no’ When voters in Johnson County head to the polls March 18, to cast their ballots, they will have an opportunity to express their opinion on hydraulic fracturing in the region. But...


Candidates for Fracking Oversight Committee under consideration

The Johnson County commissioners had little more than a “thank you” in response to a pair of residents speaking at Monday’s meeting about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing and the imposition it presents for landowners a...


Commissioners approve fracking oversight committee

After having chosen to remove further discussion on the formation of a Johnson County Fracking Oversight Committee until February, commissioner Ernie Henshaw said he wanted the debate on the committee to come to an end and put ...



Residents, Commissioners committed to protecting Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting Monday after severe weather the previous week shut down much of the region closing businesses, schools and scheduled events. The postponement of the regularly sch...


More than 20,000 comments sent to IDNR over fracking regulations

With the deadline to submit comments regarding draft rules governing the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act coming to a close last Friday, several groups opposed to the practice said the rules do not do enough to protect Illin...


Fracking question to appear on March ballot

Commissioners to have final say in fight for local control in debate over fracking Holding a picture of her grandchildren in one hand and a picture of her cat in the other, Johnson County resident Belinda Halvorsen joined nearl...


Fracking opposition group calls ‘foul’ on IDNR Fracking Task Force

The Illinois People’s Action group recently issued a press statement calling out the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) saying it shut out the public and scientific community from the Statewide Hydraulic Fracturi...



Commissioners take no vote on fracking referendum request

The Johnson County commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday in which a community rights’ group opposing fracking returned in hopes of leaving with a referendum for local control approved for the March ballot...


Opposition to fracking in region remains resilient

The Johnson County commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday in which members of the grass-roots organization SAFE, Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment, spoke before the board in hopes of pa...