April 26, 2012 – Pennsylvania farmers, Ron Gulla and Terry Greenwood, are coming to Southern Illinois to speak at two events on May 4 and 5.   Both farmers have experienced first-hand the impacts of a type of natural gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing.  They will relate how hydraulic fracturing affected

  • Fracking bill clears with industry, environmental support

    SPRINGFIELD — A proposal updating Illinois’ oil and gas law to regulate the latest evolution in drilling technology passed the Senate Environment Committee on Thursday with rare support from industry and environmental groups. As energy companies secure leases to extract oil and gas from the New Albany shale in southern

  • EPA issues air pollution rules for fracking wells – USATODAY.com

    Federal regulators issued first-ever air pollution rules for “fracking” wells on Wednesday, requiring that drillers burn or capture the gas and its smog-producing compounds released when the wells are first tapped. Environmental Protection Agency official Gina McCarthy announced the long-anticipated rules, the first to cover some of the 13,000 wells

  • Oil and gas: Benefits, opportunities and challenges

    U. S. oil and natural gas production is higher today than it has been for many years, providing a big boost to the economy at a time of sluggish job and income growth. Natural gas prices are at 10-year lows, reflecting this surge in production. While oil prices, and most

  • “Fracking” Debate Comes to Southern Illinois | WUIS – My Source for News

    The controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing could be coming to Southern Illinois as soon as next month. The energy industry says that’s good news for people living above the natural gas deposits, millions of dollars have already been spent leasing mineral and land rights. But as Rachel Otwell

  • Carbondale, IL Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Concerns About Fracking April 11, 2012

    Webcast of the first official SAFE Town Hall Meeting on Fracking in Carbondale, Illinois.  More than 150 people attended live and online through live-streaming on ustream.tv. Using this link to the playlist is the closest we can get to watching the whole thing in one chunk. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBC44654CD4730BC1&feature=view_all SAFE has a

  • Fracking Fairfield: New technology moving in southern Illinois – Chicago Tribune

    FAIRFIELD, Ill. — — BMWs, Lincolns and other cars with Louisiana, Texas and Colorado license plates fill so many parking spaces around the Wayne County Courthouse that it’s tough for residents to find spots for their pickups. Two blocks west, lunchtime business at Jemini Coffee House nearly doubles on some

  • Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells Threaten Drinking Water, Homes Across U.S.

    SAFE Admin’s note: Illinois currently has over 6,000 abandoned wells. From ProPublica’s Nicholas Kusnetz: A version of this story was co-published with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In the last 150 years, prospectors and energy companies have drilled as many as 12 million holes across the United States in search of oil

  • Scientific American: The Truth about Fracking | Risks to Drinking Water

      The Truth about Fracking : Scientific American.

  • A Mysterious Patch Of Light Shows Up In The North Dakota Dark

    by Robert Krulwich for NPR January 16, 2013 1:58 PM This is odd. Take a look at this map of America at night. As you’d expect, the cities are ablaze, the Great Lakes and the oceans dark, but if you look at the center, where the Eastern lights give way