On May 31, the Illinois Legislature passed SB 1715, which would permit and regulate the hydraulic fracturing procedure utilized in shale oil and gas wells in the state. The bill would require well operators to disclose the chemicals used in fracking, monitor water sources before and after fracking, as well as assume liability for any water pollution from the procedure. The bill is awaiting approval by Gov. Pat Quinn, and will require the state's Department of Natural Resources to hire additional staff to implement and enforce the proposed regulations.
For more information on SB 1715 please visit the Illinois General Assembly site (scroll down to House Committee Amendment 1).
Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Penn State Law, Agricultural Law Center