Attempts at a statewide fracking moratorium failed last year, and legislators were ready to allow it in Southern Illinois, the state's poorest region, so the Natural Resources Defense Council "wanted to ensure there were significant safeguards, including making drillers liable for water pollution, requiring them to disclose the chemicals used and enabling residents to sue for damages," Webber writes.
Some other environmental groups still oppose the deal because they don't want any fracking at all, and the compromise is "very precarious," Mark Denzler, vice president of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, told Webber. It still needs legislative approval.
Webber writes, "Although Illinois' proposed regulations might not work for every state, the unusual model of cooperation might, depending on the relationship between industry and environmentalists, Denzler said." (Read more)