Hundreds of people came out to a meeting last night in Decatur to weigh in on future rules for hydraulic fracturing in the state. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources' proposed rules on fracking are the result of legislation signed into law to regulate high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing. But before those recommendations are submitted to a legislative committee in Springfield, the department is getting public feedback in a series of forums. The vast majority of those speaking last night in Decatur oppose fracking. Ron Wojtanowski lives in the Bloomington-Normal area, and he blasted the department for not doing enough research before drafting its rules:
"If the governor and legislature were sincere about having the strictest rules in the nation, than IDNR violated their trust by drafting some of the weakest. Again and again these rules pose significant hazard to public health, aquatic life, wildlife, and the environment."
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it'll likely revise its proposed regulations based on what it hears from the public. The department is holding one more forum on fracking rules this Thursday in Carbondale, and will continue accepting comments on its website until January 3rd.
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