Natural Gas NOW
Illinois landowners have filed a lawsuit to reclaim their mineral rights from a state that’s more interested in appeasing ideologues and keeps delaying fracking regulations.
Having spent a good part of my life writing land use regulations, I’ve witnessed an evolution in attitude toward regulation in general. It’s particularly evident in land use regulations where “not in my back yard” or NIMBY positioning has replaced all reason. Regulation once regarded as the judicious exercise of police power to protect the public without infringing on property rights any more than absolutely necessary, has become a political bludgeon ideologues and neighbors use to stop others from doing what they merely dislike.
The problem has spread to state and federal regulations as well, as laws and regulations have been turned into blunderbusses with which to shoot down anything resembling progress by those who would prefer things stay as they are. It’s now taking an even worse turn as “moratoriums” and refusals to regulate have been adopted as the weapons of choice by ideologues intent upon stopping that of which they don’t approve.
The public interest in health and safety is a mere bystander today, but there is hope because some landowners are fighting back, including some from Wayne County, Illinois who are suing their state for failure to do its duty and adopt regulations that will allow them to harvest their natural gas. It’s a refreshing backlash for landowner rights.