- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Central Illinois residents are protesting proposed plans for oil drilling near a sand and gravel aquifer in rural Downs.

Pennsylvania-based Minard Run Oil Company visited the village this week to explain how their venture at a site close to the Mahomet Aquifer would follow Illinois Department of Natural Resources regulations. The company’s vice president said it has an excellent track record because its standards are regulated by state agencies and closely adhered to.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1skrcch ) reports a group of protesters attended the three-hour meeting to question Minard Run about the safety of drilling activities near a water source. One resident asked how the company would respond to a potential spill and was told it would address potential issues as they come.

Another zoning board meeting is scheduled later this month.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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