Save Our Illinois Land

Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Land

Our long-term goal is to halt permitting and expansion
of oil and gas pipeline infrastructure in Illinois
and to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
Our immediate target is the Line 61 ‘twin.’
Enbridge has begun initial surveying activities in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Submit a Petition to Intervene


Save Our Illinois Land (SOIL) is a coalition of community members and landowners across the state that is concerned about the impact of pipeline infrastructure on Illinois’ land, waterways and our fellow Illinoisans.

Hello, climate activists,

We are ASKING for your support on two critical issues.

SB 2213 prevents state and local agencies from weakening Illinois environmental or labor standards below the federal standards in place as of January 1, 2017, or “baseline standards” for the following federal statutes:

• Clean Air Act
• Clean Water Act
• Safe Drinking Water Act
• Endangered Species Act
• Occupational Safety and Health Act
• Mine Safety and Health Act
• Federal Labor Standards Act

SB 2213 will be heard in a House committee on Tuesday, May 15. ASK your state representative to co-sponsor or support the bill. This can be done by email or phone.

SJRCA4, the Equal Rights Amendment will be heard in committee on the morning of Wednesday, May 16. The most effective action will be calling your state rep by close of business Tuesday, May 15 to express support for ratifying the ERA in Illinois. It could be on the floor shortly, so time is critical!!

If you don’t know who your rep is you can visit here:


Once you know who your rep is, call the Springfield number provided on the search or 1.855.980.2275

If you are more comfortable emailing, the address can be found on each reps listing here:

Thank you!!

The SOIL Team (Save Our Illinois Land) 


Enbridge likely to wrap protective sleeves around damaged Line 5 portions

LANSING, MI — Protective sleeves will likely be wrapped around dented portions of the Line 5 oil and gas pipeline, which was damaged last month by a suspected anchor strike.

A timeline for the fix is not currently available, as Enbridge Energy still has to confirm plans with regulatory officials, according to company spokesperson Ryan Duffy.

A section of the Line 5 pipeline crosses the Straits of Mackinac in Lake Michigan.

The Line 5 damage occurred April 1, 2018 when a boat owned by an Escanaba-based shipping company dragged its anchor through the Straits, causing the damage.

Rember the headlines in November 2017 of another pipeline failure…….

Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota-November 2017!!

A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota, the pipeline’s operator, TransCanada, said.

Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning, and officials are investigating the cause of the leak, which occurred about three miles southeast of the town of Amherst, said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
This is the largest Keystone oil spill to date in South Dakota, Walsh said. The leak comes just days before Nebraska officials announce a decision on whether the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, a sister project, can move forward.
In April 2016, there was a 400-barrel release — or 16,800 gallons — with the majority of the oil cleanup completed in two months, Walsh said. About 5,000 barrels of oil spilled Thursday.

Upcoming Events (Spring 2018)

Wednesday, May 16

11:00am – 11:00am

ISWS Seminar: Climate Modeling and Impact Assessment in the Midwest and Great Lakes Region Using Multi-Scale Modeling Approach

Prairie Research Institute – Events

Illinois Room, Illinois State Water Survey, 2204 Griffith Dr., Champaign, IL

Sunday, May 20

2:30 – 4:30pm


Ace Naperville Calendar

Community Room at the 1st Congregational ICC, 25 E. Benton Ave., Naperville, IL

Monday, October 29, 2018

8:00am – 6:00pm PDT (Note: this is local time in Eugene, Oregon)

Stand with #youthvgov at the Trial of the Century!

Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse, Eugene, OR 97401, USA


Enbridge line markers

Sign the Petition: Demand JPMorgan Chase Stop Funding the Climate Crisis

JPMorgan Chase continues to fund disastrous projects and companies that drive the climate crisis.

Rainforest Action Network’s most recent report shows that JPMorgan Chase has increased its financing for coal mining by 21x in 2017 and increased funding to one of the dirtiest sources of energy on the planet, tar sands.

Tell JPMorgan Chase we will not stand for their destructive banking practices by signing the petition. Defund Tar Sands and Coal now!

See patterns in bank financing for extreme fossil fuels for several banks here.



"You Can't Drink Oil"

This video gives an intro to the Whiting 41, a group of climate activists who were arrested at the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana (video from 350 Indiana-Calumet).