Illinois People’s Action (IPA) is pushing ahead in efforts to oppose fracking in Illinois.
Last Spring, the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Bill (2013) gave the green light to fracking operations in Illinois through its provision of a weak regulatory framework, and just recently this month, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) proposed even weaker rules that spell out how the law is to be implemented.
As expected, the proposed rules are a boon to the gas industry. Grassroots environmentalists have two opportunities, one ongoing and the other upcoming, to help build the movement against fracking.
First, IPA is organizing people to comment daily on the proposed rules, a strategy that could at least help slow down the process. Visit the IPA website daily to check out the updated rule analysis, and then make a comment! Already 100s of comments have been made!
Secondly, join us in attending the nearest public hearing on the proposed fracking rules, the one to be held in Decatur, Illinois on Tuesday, December 17th. The hearing begins at 6:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm). The location for the event is the Decatur Civic Center, at 1 Gary K Anderson Plaza.
Together we can stop extreme energy extraction, first by stopping fracking in Illinois!