The sponsors of legislation to dictate fracking regulations to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have said that it will not be called for a vote before the end of the General Assembly’s spring session.
This is a big victory for opponents of fracking – thank everyone who reacted quickly, especially over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, to reach out to their State Representative in opposition. The outcry helped make the bill so unpopular among lawmakers that it was clear there were nowhere near the votes needed for passage.
With this threat seemingly out of the way, Illinois DNR can continue its work to revise the flawed first draft of fracking rules, issued in November of 2013. The many problems with those roles generated a major outcry from tens of thousands of Illinois citizens demanding major changes to make the rules as strong as possible.
Illinois DNR has indicated that they intend to complete the rulemaking process by November 15th, the deadline under law. With the threat of SB649 out of the way, we call on IDNR to listen to the public and make the major changes that are essential to making Illinois’ fracking rules a strong as possible.
Thanks again to everyone who responded to our calls to action, contacted your state legislator, and made this win possible!