Group Sues to Block Fracking Rules From Being Published
A group of residents from southern Illinois is suing the governor and the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in an attempt to block the publication of rules governing horizontal hydraulic fracturing.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Madison County, says the state agency didn't give the public ample notice during the rule-making process, failed to use scientific studies in crafting its draft of the rules and "left members of the public scrambling" to review and comment on the rules before they were published.
The rules, based on a law passed in June 2013, are expected to be published this week in the Illinois Register so fracking can begin.
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