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Illinois Fracking Rules Out. Take Action!

November 15, 2013

Forwarded from our friends at Illinois People Action.

Dear Members and Friends of Illinois People’s Action,

IDNR has published the Fracking Rules.  This starts the clock ticking.  We will have 14 days to formally request hearings and until January 3 to make comments.  We will need your help in the following ways:

  • Send IDNR a postcard or letter  or call them requesting a hearing in Central Illinois after January 3. IPA will be sending a formal letter but we need each of you to back us up.  Two hearings have been scheduled so far: One in Chicago on November 26 and one in Southern IL (Rend Lake College) on December 3.  Both are 2 hour hearings that run from 6:30 – 8:30.  This leaves out any person in central Illinois who works a day job.  Send a letter or postcard requesting a hearing to:
    • Robert G. Mool
      Department of Natural Resources
      One Natural Resources Way
      Springfield IL 62702-1271
      217/782-1809
  • Send comments on the drafted rules.  Send one today!  Please see the attached document for the suggested topic of today’s comments.  Feel free to cut and paste the italicized comment BUT please add your own sentence or two to personalize the comment.  Make your comment by going to:
  • http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilandGas/Pages/OnlineCommentSubmittalForm.aspx  Fill out the information required, click on the Section B radial button and then submit the comments we have attached (or write your own).  Make sure if you submit your own comments on a different section of the rules that you click the correct radial button associated with the section of the rules you are addressing.
  • NOTE:   New Yorkers sent in 200,000 comments on their proposed rules.  There were so many, it put a cog in the wheel.  We want EVERYONE receiving this email to to make comments.

Now is when the rubber meets the road.  We told IDNR and our legislators that the public is not happy about the weak regulations.  We need to act now and demonstrate we are not going away!

Please stay tuned to upcoming emails from IPA and be ready to take action!

In solidarity for our health and environment,

Your IPA staff

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