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(WRXX) – The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has approved the Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline expansion in the Prairie State.
The approval comes after a court decision vacating the previous approval, because the prior approval did not demonstrate how the expansion benefited Illinoisians and the ICC failed to consider the troubling record of the pipeline operator.
In January 2022, the Illinois 4th District Appellate Court vacated the approval of the pipeline expansion and remanded it back to the ICC.
The suit was brought by Save Our Illinois Land (SOIL), the Sierra Club, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), and area landowner William Klingele.
J.C. Kibbey, Ilinois clean energy advocate at NRDC says there are few, if any, benefits to the people of Illinois, but the massive risks to Illinois are clear.
While the state bears the risk, big out-of-state fossil fuel companies reap the profits.