Business Report: First Fracking Permit Granted; Pillsbury Cleanup; Food Allergy Law

Sep 6, 2017

Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves pumping massive amounts of water and chemicals underground, shattering rock, in order to release oil and natural gas.
Credit WSIU

Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

This week --

* Pillsbury cleanup: A lot more toxic contamination there than first thought, though not entirely surprising. Federal EPA approved another $200,000 toward what will be a $1.6 million project and cleanup now expected to wrap up in October.

* First fracking permit: Woolsey Companies Inc. of Wichita plans to start work soon on first well under 2013 state law; only one well for now. Opponents vow to fight for statewide ban.

* Downtown students: 11 downtown businesses offering discounts to UIS-LLCC students; latest effort to draw students downtown.

* Food allergy law: Restaurants in Illinois must have at least one person on premises certified in food allergy safety as of July 1, 2018; six-month grace period begins Jan. 1.