I do not know about the Dirty Dozen concept but the points are important and well made.
Four weeks ago today, IDNR released their weak fracking rules. Many of you have been making comments every day. THANK YOU!
For today’s comment, we’re switching things up a bit. As we prepare for the Decatur, IL hearing and meetings with JCAR, we have put together what we are calling the “Dirty Dozen.” We believe these are the most egregious rules that pose a significant risk to public health, aquatic life, wildlife, or the environment. Read our “Dirty Dozen” and choose any one of them to make your comment for the day. If you aren’t sure which radio button to choose or which Section is appropriate, just make your best guess. IDNR tells us they will not reject a comment for being in the wrong Subpart or Section.
COME TO THE DECATUR IDNR MEETING
The Decatur hearing will be this coming Tuesday, December 17, at the Decatur Civic Center from 6:30-8:30. Are you coming? We have buses coming from Peoria, Bloomington and Springfield. If you want to ride the bus, scroll down for information on the buses.
Will you testify? Please consider testifying using one of the “Dirty Dozen” as the base of your testimony. Choose a comment from the list, tell the IDNR Hearing Officer what is wrong with that Rule and then explain why this is personal to you in your own words. For example,
- “I am a nurse and the issue of keeping chemicals secret from medical professionals is an issue to me because it will impact the kind of care I can give someone who lives near a fracking operation and comes in with symptoms but doesn’t know what fracking chemical they were exposed to.” OR
- “I am a farmer and I need to protect my farmland from migrating water pollution from horizontal drilling legs that could run under my farm.” OR
- “I am a grandmother and I want to make sure the water my grandchildren drink isn’t laced with chemicals and radioactivity.”
Translate the talking points into your own voice. Write it down so that you can submit it to IDNR at the end of the hearing. Don’t worry about not being an expert on the subject. You are an expert in your own life and IDNR needs to hear that citizens throughout Illinois aren’t happy about what’s happening with fracking.
These are the times that buses will LEAVE for the hearing, so please, plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure with empty bladders and printed copies of your testimony! Please eat before you come or bring a sack dinner.
- 4:00 pm- Peoria – U.U. Church of Peoria – 3000 W. Richwood Blvd.
- 5:00 pm- Bloomington – IPA Office -510 E. Washington
- 5:00 pm- Springfield – First Presbyterian Church – 321 S. 7th St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Go there and comment. More today.