Black farming community challenges Illinois gas pipeline

By Clark Mindock (March 25, 2022, 5:10 p.m. EDT) — Community groups in a historically black farming community in Illinois said Friday that Nicor ​​gas pipeline infrastructure approved for the area — though the community has little interest in gas connections – would destroy the soil composition.

The Pembroke Environmental Justice Coalition, Blacks in Green, Green Power Alliance and Environmental Defense Fund are asking an Illinois appeals court to review the Illinois Commerce Commission’s January order giving the green light for the pipeline project, which the groups say would put the community and a rare nearby ecosystem at risk.

The groups said that despite limited opportunities for the community to comment on the proposals,…

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