So what? So I am picking on the frackers by company name now. That is too bad. What have I got to lose? Here is the second comment that IPA released. I am leaving the dates on their actual emails for authenticity’s sake.
Today (Monday, 11/18/2013) is Day 4 of the IDNR 45 day comment period on hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking.” Will you please send IDNR a comment today? It will take less than 5 minutes of your time and we will walk you through the process. If you are opposed to fracking and worried that the weak regulatory bill will not protect Illinois residents and the environment, please take action.
Today’s comment is on the lack of Studies, Reports, or Underlying Data Used to Compose Rulemaking
Here’s what to do to make your comment today:
- Go to: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilandGas/Pages/OnlineCommentSubmittalForm.aspx
- Click the button: Subpart A: General Provisions
- In the “Section” dropdown box, click None
This comment is in reference to Page 3, Paragraph 6 of the Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act administrative rules, which states: “Published studies or reports, and sources of underlying data, used to compose this rulemaking: None”.
Simply put, the State of Illinois cannot have sound regulation without good data.
There is significant need for further study of horizontal hydraulic fracturing technology prior to it’s use in the State of Illinois. If the technology was as safe as the industry is claiming, why do there continue to be so many accidents and violations in states where fracking is already occuring?
Suggested resources include the twenty-four (24) pages of “References” included in U.S. EPA’s December 2012 Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources.
See: U.S. EPA: Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources: Progress Report, (EPA 601/R-12/011 | December 2012), available at: http://www.epa.gov/hfstudy.
We would love it if you would let us know if you made a comment today! And please feel free to call us with questions, comments, or to volunteer your time at (309) 827-9627. Please share this with others you know and encourage them to make comments too.
In solidarity in the struggle for environmental justice,
Your friends at IPA
Bloomington, IL 61701
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