March 20, 2013

Both Sides Agree on Tough New Fracking Standards

In an unlikely partnership between longtime adversaries, some of the nation's biggest energy companies and environmental groups have agreed on a voluntary set of standards for gas and oil fracking in the Northeast that appear to go further than existing state and federal pollution regulations.


March 12, 2013

Fracking Opponents Rally at Illinois Statehouse

Dozens of environmentalists and land owners are meeting with lawmakers in Springfield hoping to persuade them to temporarily ban high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.


Homer Village Board considers mining contract
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
March 12, 2013

Homer Board Reverses February Vote for Coal Mine

A month after trustees in Homer rejected a water contract for a proposed coal mine, trustees have reconsidered and approved the plan with Sunrise Coal on a 4-3 vote.


March 05, 2013

Decatur, ADM Agree on Water Wells

Decatur and its biggest water user have reached a deal to ease strain on the local water supply if a drought like last year's returns. The Decatur City Council on Monday approved a deal with agricultural processor Archer Daniels Midland Co.


February 21, 2013

“Fracking” Bill Filed in Illinois

The controversial oil and gas drilling process known as "fracking" could soon be coming to Illinois. Environmentalists and industry groups Thursday announced they had reached an agreement on legislation to regulate the practice.


February 18, 2013

Gas Prices on the Rise in Recent Weeks

Gasoline prices in Champaign-Urbana were higher than the Illinois average earlier this month, and then started going down, counter to state and national trends.


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