Downstate Illinois is joining Indiana and neighboring states in growing its natural gas industry in 2014. But not without continuing opposition from fracking opponents.
The Illinois Department of Resources held a hearing over the weekend, and a small group of environmentalists spoke out in opposition. In addition, a press conference by several organizations was held to deliver comments and a petition against fracking rules proposed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Resident Tabitha Tripp said a ban is the only way to make fracking safe: