No Petcoke in Chicago, or Anywhere
We are currently working with a coalition of grassroots groups in Chicago South East Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke to fight for the closure of a petcoke terminal on the southeast side of Chicago. Community members want safe, green jobs and not dirty, climate killing petcoke.
Protecting Chicago from the Threat of Oil by Rail
Oil that has been obtained by hydraulic fracturing is put into oil cars and shipped all over the U.S. This oil is mixed with methane gas and is highly explosive. In 2013 an oil train exploded in Lac Megantic, Quebec and killed 47 people. A oil train headed for Chicago, derailed and exploded in Galena, IL and caused a fire that raged for three days. Chicago has more oil car train traffic than any other city in the U.S. The rails that carry these cars are situated in extremely dense neighborhoods, putting many people at risk. We are working to stop the shipment of oil by rail and transition to cleaner, safer energy.
Preventing Hydraulic Fracturing in Illinois
Since the summer of 2013, we’ve been working to prevent hydraulic fracturing from coming to Illinois. Protests, non-violent direct action, and flooding the state with public comments, has significantly delayed the start of hydraulic fracturing in Illinois. In November of 2014, the state finalized the rules for hydraulic fracturing, allowing companies to start applying for permits. Immediately after this, the price of oil plummeted, and as a result there have been very few permits applications. Due to the volume limits in the law, we could however witness hydraulic fracturing that is not covered by regulations and fracking could start on a large scale in the state if oil prices go back up.
For more information, contact local groups:
Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE)
Shawnee Forest Sentinels