Some environmentalists warn that a recent federal report on greenhouse gases doesn’t tell the full story. The Environmental Protection Agency says natural gas producers have significantly reduced emissions of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas that could decide whether the fossil fuel is a viable short-term option for fighting climate change.
So far there is no high-volume fracking in Illinois, but the House Speaker’s proposal pre-empts the passage of a regulatory bill that would set up a permitting process and potentially permit drilling in a matter of months.
Starved Rock is located in Utica, Illinois - a two hour drive southwest from Chicago. It's a popular destination for fishing, rock climbing, hiking and picnicking.Tony Giordano said a new silica sand mine adjacent to the park would mean new jobs and could inject $9 million into the local economy.