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Rural county to take Illinois fracking debate to the ballot box

Main Street in Vienna, Johnson County, Illinois where voters will decide on an anti-fracking ballot measure this spring. (Photo by J. Stephen Conn via Creative Commons)

“Shall the people’s right to local self-government be asserted by Johnson County to ban corporate fracking as a violation of their rights to health, safety and a clean environment?”

The question, which will show up on the March primary ballot in the southern Illinois county, is an example of an increasingly popular tactic among fracking opponents: trying to assert local control over a practice that in most cases is not specifically addressed by federal or state laws.

The move is especially significant in Illinois, where state regulators are refining fracking rules that critics say are way too lenient.: For the rest of this important story please click the link to Midwest Energy News;


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