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Category Archives: Environmental Law

How Will OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule Affect Construction and General Industry Employers?

March 8, 2017

Crystalline silica (“silica”) is a mineral found in materials such as sand, concrete, stone and mortar that are used in industrial products and at construction sites. Silica is also used in the manufacture of glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, concrete and artificial stone. Medical studies have concluded that inhalation of silica can cause silicosis (a lung […]

Fracking Update: Environmentalists Seek to Stop Fracking Before it can Start

November 14, 2014

A year after the Illinois Department of Natural Resources proposed the first draft of the administrative rules regulating high-volume hydraulic fracking, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved the final rules on November 6, 2014, which are to be published in the Illinois Register by November 15, 2014. Several Southern Illinois landowners and an environmental […]

Fracking Studies Find That Fracking Operations Are Not Causing Groundwater Contamination

September 25, 2014

Hydraulic fracturing—“fracking”—involves pumping water mixed with sand and chemicals deep underground to create cracks in a shale formation to allow oil or natural gas to be recovered. Concern has been raised that these cracks will allow the fracking chemicals and/or methane gas to contaminate the groundwater near the fracking operation. Two recent studies dispel this […]

It’s About Fracking Time …. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Releases Revised Proposed Fracking Rules

September 11, 2014

It has been over a year since Illinois took the first step towards regulated high-volume hydraulic fracking by passing the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act225 ILCS 732/1-1 et seq.  Under the Act, high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing operations require a permit.  But a permit could not be obtained until the Illinois Department of Natural Resources published […]