what′s new : Religious Congregations Lead on Fracking Bill - February 25, 2013

High volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is coming to southern Illinois. Our partner congregations are not excited about this prospect, due to the water, air, and land damage done by fracking in other states.Because of this concern, Faith in Place has been working for the last 3 years to get the best legislation possible passed in our State Legislature to protect communities in southern IL.

With invitation to lead in partnership with a wide coalition of legislators, state agencies, environmental groups, and business groups, Faith in Place is supporting the introduction of HB 2615. While we believe this regulatory bill is not perfect, we do believe the environmental protections we were able to help negotiate into this bill warrant our support. Currently fracking can proceed legally in Illinois with little to no oversight, and this bill is a step in the right direction. Protections of water, air, and the right of citizens to participate in a public hearing, appeal permits, and enforce the law through citizen suits are all a part of this bill. For a more details analysis of the negotiation process and the contents of the bill visit the Illinois Environmental Council’s website.

Representatives Bradley, Currie, Jakobsson, Reis, and Williams all deserve many kudos for their hard work on this piece of legislation. As well as the leadership shown by the Attorney General and her staff.  In the Senate Chamber, Senator Frerichs has also worked tirelessly on this issue and has shown great leadership. With the introduction of this bill, we will continue to work to make sure the environmental protections stay in the bill as it works its way through the legislative process.

We could not be at this point without all of the phone calls, e-mails and postcards. Thank you. And we will continue to keep you up to date as legislation goes forward and when action is needed.

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