The oil and gas industry, working with big environmental groups, crafted legislation behind closed doors to "regulate" fracking in Illinois. The result is a de-regulation bill--HB2615--that opens the door to all kinds of bad fracking practices in Illinois. Click here to read IPA's analysis of HB2615.
HB2615 denies counties the right to issue or deny permits for drilling. It also takes away all kinds of counties rights if fracking is allowed in the county. For example, counties will have no say over how much of their water is used in fracking. This is a huge issue in many drought-starved and agriculturally rich counties. READ here to find out what questions your county should be asking about HB2615 and the rights it may remove from counties.
Proponents of HB2615 say it is the strictest fracking regulations in the country. IPA says "strict" shouldn't be confused with "safe." There is no safe way to frack. Examination of states that have tried to regulate demonstrate that fracking is an industry that can't be regulated.
Many states have tried to establish hydraulic fracturing regulations that would allow the industry to drill “safely.” The problem is, regulations don’t work. The industry regularly violates the regulations and, if caught, pays the fine as part of standard operating procedure. The map below provides an example of what has happened in Pennsylvania, a state that has tried to allow the industry to operate with regulations. There have been over 3,000 violations in PA since 2009. We cannot afford this outcome in Illinois. We need an outright ban on fracking here. This is possible. Other communities, states and even countries have banned fracking.
Why Regulations Don't Work!
Larger bubbles on the map represent larger violations. A sample of violations include: • 224 violations of “Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of residual waste. • 143 violations of “Discharge of pollutional material to the waters of Commonwealth. • 140 violations of “Pit and tanks not constructed with sufficient capacity to contain pollutional substances. A full report is available here.
Click here to visit an interactive map of fracking disasters accross the country!