How to Comment on the IDNR’s Fracking Regulations

The IDNR’s draft rules and regulations for fracking in IL, at 135 pages, is long and complex. How best to wade through this technical document in order to make substantive comments about it during the current review period now underway? More importantly, what are some of the problems with the proposed rules now open to public critique and review?

Jen Walling of the IL Environmental Council non-profit has provided a handy list of the following action tools created by several of IEC’s member organizations.  Please take the time to choose one and make a comment to the IDNR.

  • Ann Alexander of Natural Resources Defense Council provides an initial review of the rules in her blog here. This blog details serious concerns and the many ways in which the rules do not meet the intention of the statute.
  • Sierra Club Illinois Chapter has put together an information page and action alert here. They have organized the categories of changes that they’d like to see into: Stronger Protections Against Water Pollution, Closing Loopholes To Ensure All High-Volume Fracking Is Covered, and Stricter Penalties And Disclosure.
  • The Environmental Law and Policy Center has created an important fact sheet on five of the top problems with the rules.  Read more and take action at their site.
  • Faith in Place has designed an action site for congregations and people of faith.  Click here to view the site and take action.

The first of several public meetings on the draft IDNR fracking rules, held yesterday at the University of IL at Chicago, was packed to capacity; and more citizens were turned away at the door. For more information on fracking from the SUST at RU blog, click here.

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