Eco-Justice Collaborative is working with the Community Futures Initiative, a state-wide effort whose purpose is to build support for an Illinois coal severance tax that would bring the majority of revenues back to coal-producing communities.
With its increased production, Illinois now ranks 4th among all coal-producing states in the country. Recoverable reserves at producing mines have been estimated to be 2.5 billion short tons, greater than those of any other state east of the Mississippi River.
Dim Future Boom and Bust Just Transition Coal Costs Illinois Back Why Transition from Coal? Illinois has the largest known coal reserves in the country, and production in the Illinois coal basin is expected to recover in 2017 despite the recent glut in natural gas. With its easy to access coal, large reserves, and high btu […]
ILLINOIS – BRIGHT SPOT IN A DECLINING ECONOMYWhy Illinois? Illinois has vast reserves of high-energy, high-sulfur coal that lay under much of our state. But when the Clean Air Act was amended in the 1990’s, Illinois’ coal was determined to be too polluting to burn, putting an end to much of that state’s coal mining […]