An advocacy group against the practice of hydraulic fracturing is attacking the inclusion of other environmental groups on a state task force. The Department of Natural Resources has named representatives of the Sierra Club, Environmental Law and Policy Center, and Natural Resources Defense Council to the task force which will oversee rule making for the so called Fracking law that will go into effect. Dawn Dannenbring of Illinois People's Action criticizes the state agency for its choices not to include opponents of that method of oil and gas extraction.
"You know we're calling foul on a number of different situations. It's who they have on the task force. It's how they are carrying out business. We just don't think they really want to hear what the public has to say."
Dannenbring says the environmental groups named to the task force supported the fracking law that IPA considers a weak measure. She also says none of the representatives are scientists. And she says IPA fears the hearings over proposed rules have already been set for places that will not attract a lot of public input and could happen at inconvenient times.
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