With today’s adoption of hydraulic fracturing regulations in Illinois by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) and State Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) praised the good people of Southern Illinois for their unwavering commitment for making today’s fracking milestone a reality.
“I am pleased regulations for fracking in Illinois were approved by JCAR,” Senator Righter said. “Fracking can be an economic boom for our state. It will not only create thousands of jobs, it has the potential to create billions of dollars in economic impact. It’s also great to see our state utilizing our natural resources to benefit the world.”
“Illinois will reap the financial gains of fracking because of the hard-working people of Southern Illinois who stood up for what’s good and fair,” Rep. Reis said. “Their outspoken advocacy, dedication and unyielding commitment to fracking will make a difference in Illinois for years to come.”
Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly referred to as fracking, is the extraction of natural gas and oil from the earth through horizontal drilling. The extraction technique involves injecting water, sand and chemicals into rock to release the natural gas.
“Fracking will also provide energy stability for Illinoisans,” Righter said. “New fracking technology has reduced natural gas prices which has had a direct effect on heating and electric prices.”
“Today we are ready to move forward and get started,” Reis said. “Fracking is imperative to reigniting our state’s lagging economy by possibly creating an upwards of 45,000 new jobs and $9 billion in economic impact. I’m pleased the final rules were adopted and look forward to getting fracking underway.”
Fracking was an agreement between mainstream environmental groups and oil and gas groups. Fracking legislation passed overwhelmingly in both chambers. Fee money from fracking permits will go to DNR and EPA for staff additions.