Save the DATES! Public Comment Hearings on Fracking Rules Announced:
The Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act was signed into law last June. Since then the Department of Natural Resources has been drafting the Administrative Rules for interpreting and implementing provisions of the statute. The Department filed the Rules at the Secretary of State’s Office and they were published in the November 15, 2013 edition of the Illinois Register. The 15th marks the commencement of the 45-day First Notice public comment period, which ends January 3, 2014.
Please note: Illinois Chapter Sierra Club will be sending another message next week outlining the weaknesses in the regulations and offering suggestions for key points for strengthening the regulations. In the meantime, please make note of the two public hearing dates and deadline for public comments.
Two public hearings have been scheduled for the following dates:
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
726 S. Halsted Street, Student Center East, Room 302
Chicago, IL 60607
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Rend Lake College Theater
468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846
Your Illinois Chapter Sierra club has joined several other organizations requesting a third hearing in central Illinois and an additional hearing in Chicago that doesn’t fall within 2 days of a major holiday. If additional pubic hearing locations are scheduled we will post a notice as soon as possible.
In addition to attending a public hearing in person, please note that written comments on the proposed rulemaking may be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources until Friday, January 3, 2014.
Written comments should be mailed or delivered to the following address:
Robert G. Mool
Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield IL 62702-1271
Comments may be submitted electronically by visiting the Illinois Department of Natural Resources web site.
IDNR website is at
Additional Information Regarding the Rulemaking Process
First Notice. The general public can submit comment on the rulemaking proposal to the agency and a public hearing may or may not be held during this period. The agency can volunteer to hold a hearing or must conduct one at the request of the Governor, JCAR (Joint Committee on Administrative Rules), an association representing over 100 persons, 25 individuals, or a local government. Requests for hearing must be filed within 14 days after publication of the First Notice.
The agency can modify the rulemaking during First Notice by submitting a First Notice Changes document to JCAR when it gives Second Notice.
Second Notice. The Second Notice period commences upon the agency’s filing of the Second Notice with JCAR and lasts for a maximum of 45 days, unless extended for an additional 45 days by mutual agreement of JCAR and the agency. During the Second Notice Period, legislative review of the rules is conducted first by the JCAR staff and then at a meeting of the legislative members. JCAR reviews the proposed rules for statutory authority, propriety, standards for the exercise of discretion, economic effects, clarity, procedural requirements, technical aspects, etc.
Special Thanks to IL Chapter staff Terri Treacy for this update information.