IL Landowners Sue State Over Fracking Delay

Posted October 17, 2014 at 5:00am

The Chicago Tribune reports that “Amy Pollard is one of thousands of landowners in Southern Illinois who leased land to oil drillers two years ago for horizontal hydraulic fracturing. By now, she thought the money and the oil would be flowing.”  

“But on Tuesday, Marc Miller, the head of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, testified that the agency would not issue fracking permits until rules governing fracking are codified.”  

“On Wednesday, Pollard and a dozen other landowners filed suit against Miller and Gov. Pat Quinn in Wayne County circuit court, claiming the state’s delay in issuing fracking permits is akin to an illegal land grab.”