[column width=”47%” padding=”6%”]Work for a Moratorium. Ask Your State Senator to Cosponsor SB3386
On February 14, 2014, Senator Ira Silverstein introduced SB3386 “FRACKING-BAN TASK FORCE” bill to the Illinois state legislature. SB3386 places a moratorium on fracking until more is known about its impact to constitutional rights.
Senator Silverstein serves on the Joint Committee on Administrative Review, which will decide whether to reject or adopt the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Rules on the Hydrofracturing Regulatory Act, signed into law this past summer.
Call or write Senator Silverstein and thank him for his leadership on SB3386. Let him know you support a moratorium and why. Then, contact your state senator. Let him know you support a moratorium and why.
Need help? Use these talking points from Fair Economy Illinois.
Visit Stop Hydraulic Fracturing in Illinois for background on the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act and What is Hydraulic Fracturing for information about this extreme method of extracting oil and natural gas.
[/column][column width=”47%” padding=”0″]Support Community Rights Initiatives
In Johnson County, Illinois
Illinois law ensures that its citizens have rights to clean air, clean water, and property rights that include protection against tresspass, including subsurface trespass. Because these rights can be asserted locally, voters in Johnson County, Illinois will decide on an anti-fracking ballot measure this spring that reads:
“Shall the people’s right to local self-government be asserted by Johnson County to ban corporate fracking as a violation of their rights to health, safety and a clean environment?”
The ballot initiative was drawn up by local Johnson County residents and southern Illinois native and resident Natalie Long, a community organizer with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. Johnson County residents opposed to fracking are hoping their three-member county commission will ban the practice by adopting a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance that
- Asserts the rights of the community, including the right to local self-governance, the right to clean air, and the right to clean water; and
- Identifies activities that violate those rights, and therefore are prohibited in the community.
Last year they asked the commissioners to place a fracking-related referendum on the ballot. The commissioners declined to use their power to do so and instead suggested residents collect the 374 valid signatures required for a ballot initiative.
Be sure to watch for the results of this March 18, 2014 ballot initiative. Although more than 100 municipalities have passed bans or restrictions on fracking (not all of them are areas targeted for oil and gas extraction), a local media blackout tries to silence Community Bill of Rights supporters, causing residents to dig deeper into grassroots organizing to protect their County from fracking.