IDNR Opens Registration for Hydraulic Fracturing Permit Application Process
Registration required by law and is separate from permit application
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is accepting online registration from firms and individuals interested in applying for a permit for high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Illinois.
While the registration forms are available to the public, the IDNR will not accept applications for high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing permits, and will not issue permits, until after the draft administrative rules have been submitted and approved by Illinois General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
The registration is required under provisions of Illinois’ new Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. Those interested in applying for hydraulic fracturing permits must submit the registration form at least 30 days prior to submitting their first permit application.
Regulations for high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Illinois are still being developed by the IDNR. The Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act required that the registration form be made available effective Sept. 15, 2013, and the IDNR complied with that provision of the law by posting the registration form on the IDNR website at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/mines/Pages/HydraulicFracturing.aspx
The law requires the registrant to provide the following information as part of the registration:
1. The name and address of the registrant and any parent, subsidiary, or affiliate thereof;
2. Disclosure of all findings of a serious violation or an equivalent violation under federal or state laws or regulations in the development or operation of an oil or gas exploration or production site via hydraulic fracturing by the applicant or any parent, subsidiary, or affiliate thereof within the previous 5 years; and
3. Proof of insurance to cover injuries, damages, or loss related to pollution or diminution in the amount of at least $5,000,000, from an insurance carrier authorized, licensed, or permitted to do this insurance business in this State that holds at least an A- rating by A.M. Best & Co. or any comparable rating service.
Registering with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is a separate and additional requirement of companies wanting to eventually file an application for high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Illinois.
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