SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has added three additional public hearings throughout Illinois to capture public comments on proposed regulations to implement provisions of the state’s new Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act.
In addition to hearings already scheduled for Nov. 26 at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Student Center East, and Dec. 3 at the Rend Lake College Theatre in Ina, the IDNR has also scheduled hearings on Dec. 5 at the Holiday Inn Effingham in Effingham, Dec. 17 at the Decatur Civic Center in Decatur, and Dec. 19 at the Southern Illinois University (SIUC) Student Center in Carbondale (6:00 p.m. start). All hearings will begin at 6:30 p.m. unless noted. For more information please visit the IDNR website at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilandGas/Pages/PublicHearings.aspx
The regulations, when adopted, will include the most stringent environmental protections in the U.S. for high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The proposed regulations are now available for public review and comment through the IDNR website at: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilandGas/Pages/Hydraulicfracturing.aspx
The proposed regulations include amendments to 62 Ill. Adm. Code 240 (Illinois Oil and Gas Act), and the new 62 Ill. Adm. Code 245 (Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Act).
The proposed regulations have been submitted by IDNR to the Illinois Secretary of State, and were published Nov. 15 in the Illinois Register. The “First Notice” period will allow for public review and comment on the proposal through Jan. 3, 2014.
Written comments can be submitted to the IDNR by mail (Attn: IDNR Office of Legal Counsel - 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield Illinois 62702), or through an online comment option on the IDNR website at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilandGas/Pages/OnlineCommentSubmittalForm.aspx
For meeting details and location information, check the IDNR website at: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilandGas/Pages/PublicHearings.aspx
Following the “First Notice” review period, the IDNR will submit the proposed regulations to the Legislative Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) for a 45-day “Second Notice” review. The committee will decide whether IDNR can proceed to adopt the rules.