From Cohen's Power Point presentation
SPRINGFIELD - "Fire bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, oil is glistening; A terrible sight, the gas drills at night, walking in a fracked up wonderland ..." were the anti-fracking parody lyrics Illinois Department of Natural Resources' department head Mitch Cohen used last month to conclude a Power Point presentation he made at a Chicago bar association meeting.
Since then Cohen, who was responsible for drawing up rules and regulations required to set into motion Illinois fracking industry, quietly moved to a different department.
Concerns about Cohen's objectivity were raised when state lawmakers discovered a Power Point presentation Cohen made at the Kent School of Law included anti-fracking parody lyrics. In the middle of pushing and pulling to get the required rules and regulations into place to open Illinois fracking industry, few were willing to talk on the record about Cohen's behavior.
"Why would you attach that to your presentation if you did not believe that?" State Rep. Brandon Phelps told the Belleville News-Democrat. "I think he showed his true colors by including those songs in his presentation. When you read the verses, it's pretty easy to tell that he's not very friendly to the oil and gas companies, I'll tell you that."
"The Beginning of Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation" was presented March 6 to the Illinois State Bar Association at the 13th Annual Environmental Law Conference at the Chicago Kent College of Law in Chicago on behalf of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
After presenting the topic and a sampling of the IDNR proposed regulations, Cohen's Power Point concluded with lyrics from several anti-fracking songs, including:
The Power Point obtained by Illinois Review is available HERE; Download Fracking document from Environ law conference
Thursday, anti-fracking and anti-coal environmentalists will be rallying at the Capitol.