I will keep this short and simple. The Big Greens screwed us. Yah you know who your are, The Sierra Club, The National Resources Defense Fund, The Illinois Environmental Council, The Nature Conservancy, and Environmental Law & Policy Center. Those Chicago based groups shoved fracking down our throats. Now here is a chance to push back.
Fight fracking. Do this one thing today.
IPA’s fracking transparency bill (SB3174) is going before the Senate Subcommittee at 11 AM on this Thursday, March 15. Please take a few minutes and “slip support” for this bill today. Click here to read the bill. The bill amends the Illinois Oil and Gas Act to de-classify information on the length and direction of horizontal or directional extensions from a vertical bore hole. (Right now, they can be kept confidential for up to 2 years). It also provides that all chemicals used during the drilling and completion of these wells be contained in public records.
THEN, Click here to submit your witness slip. Scroll down to SB3174 and then, on the right hand side of that line, click the little icon with the pencil and paper that says “Create Witness Slip.” If you previously set up a witness slip account, you may click the Log On link to auto-add your personal info to the slip, otherwise you will need to add this information (See Witness Slip Personal Info below). In parts III and IV, choose Proponent and Record of Appearance Only. Click the box that says you agree to the terms and then click the Create(Slip) button. You should get a response that has a green checkmark that says “Witness Slip Created” and that a confirmation has been sent to your e-mail. If you do not get that, try again.
Witness Slip Personal Info:
- Enter your name, complete address and phone number
- Firm/Business or Agency:
- Enter Self
- Do not enter the name of an entity such as an organization unless you are authorized to represent that organization
- Enter Self
- If you are representing an organization, enter the name of the organization
- Enter Self or NA. Do NOT type N/A, just NA as special characters such as back-slashes are not allowed.
- If you are representing an organization, enter your title in that organization
FINALLY, plan to attend the hearing at 11 AM this Thursday, March 15 at the State Capitol. We want to pack the hearing room with as many people as we can holding small signs calling for passage the bill. If you are available on Thursday, please join us. We anticipate that the industry will be there testifying to the fact that THEY can and should be the ones to decide what transparency looks like. They are already asking for the bill to be “pulled” in exchange for them to disclose their version of the facts in an industry website. We say NO; the public has a right to all of the information on the IDNR website.
Thank you for joining us in the fight to put People and Planet First,
Dawn Dannenbring, Environmental Organizer
Illinois People’s Action
Bloomington, IL 61701
Be there or be square. Go to the website and read. More next week.