‘Long overdue’ or environmental hazard? Bill to fund Hopkins Park natural gas pipelines heads to Pritzker’s desk

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‘Long overdue’ or environmental hazard? Bill to fund Hopkins Park natural gas pipelines heads to Pritzker’s desk (Springfield, IL) – A controversial bill, that would fund more natural gas pipelines is making its way to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk and is causing an uproar in a village outside Kankakee.

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The bill, titled HB3404, would contribute funding for a suggested Nicor natural gas pipeline that would be located in the village of Hopkins Park in Pembroke Township, WTTW reported.

“Energy access in this community is long overdue. It’s time for Gov. Pritzker to sign House Bill 3404,” Rep. Jackie Haas wrote in a Facebook post.

Supporters of the pipeline say it could provide essential economic growth for the township and surrounding areas, according to WTTW.

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But others are worried about the possible environmental impact. The mayor of the village of Hopkins Park, Mark Hodge, said he is certain that the pipeline could bring numerous jobs and improve the economy in the community.

Naomi Davis, the founder and president of Blacks in Green, called the idea that the pipeline could bring jobs to the community fiction, according to WTTW. She added that in order to bring the pipeline into the community, there would be a severe need for broadband internet and a fire department.

‘Long overdue’ or environmental hazard? Bill to fund Hopkins Park natural gas pipelines heads to Pritzker’s desk

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