Illinois Passes Fracking Law
Governor Quinn Signs Bill, June 2013
Despite massive organizing efforts this past spring in support of a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas in Illinois, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act in May 2013 – a law that allows and regulates the hydraulic fracturing process in Illinois. Governor Quinn signed the Bill into law the following month.
Rules Required to Enforce the Law
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is empowered by state statute to write and enforce the rules for fracking in Illinois. Their first draft of these rules was published on November 15, 2013, opening up a 45-day comment period.
Written in accordance with the regulatory bill passed in June, many groups believe that the rules endanger the health and safety of Illinois residents and create new loopholes that will only further devastate the environment and negatively affect the health and quality of life of residents who live near wells. Even environmental groups that supported and co-wrote the regulatory bill, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), say the rules are unacceptable, and many concerns by the environmental community at large have been raised.
Groups and Concerned Residents Flood IDNR with Comments
Click here to read about the ambitious campaign carried out to flood the IDNR and the Joint Administrative Committee on Rules with comments and concerns related to hydraulic fracturing. Over 32,000 comments were submitted to the IDNR on January 3, 2014. The IDNR is reviewing comments, and will release an updated set of rules for review and comment in September or October 2014.
Eco-Justice Collaborative (EJC) supports grassroots efforts by Illinois communities to work for a moratorium or ban on hydrofracking. They are the ones who will be impacted most by this technology.
EJC works primarily on awareness-raising and education, but also participates in campaigns targeted at slowing the fast-track process that would allow unconventional, industrial-scale hydrofracturing in Illinois – with the goal of replacing this technology with safe, clean, renewable energy that would meet the needs of IL residents. For information on the current campaign in Illinois – and to get involved – click here. To learn more about concerns over hydrofracking in Illinois, visit: