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Say for the moment you own property in Illinois under which there’s oil or gas you could access using the process of high volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. What stands between you and the start of your fracking operation? A two-page application and a $100 fee, payable to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
A bill recently introduced in the Illinois House, HB 2615, would change that. The bill was crafted over the past eight months by a team of house members led by John Bradley, a Democrat from Carbondale, and including Naomi Jakobsson of Urbana. Also involved in the crafting of the bill were representatives of the oil and gas industry, as well as four statewide environmental groups.