Currently, HB2615 (regulatory bill) and HB3086 (moratorium and task force) are in the House Revenue and Finance Committee. On Tuesday, over 100 people held a rally in support of a moratorium or ban on hydraulic fracturing. On Wednesday, Speaker Madigan publicly spoke in support of a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, saying he preferred it over the regulatory bill. While it is widely suspected that his support was an effort to force the oil and gas companies to support a tax structure (which the parties agreed to on Wednesday), the speaker has not indicated a change in his position. Last Thursday, the Revenue and Finance Committee heard subject matter testimony on HB2615. Revenue and Finance is scheduled to meet again on March 21 at 8AM.
IEC is opposing HB2759, another bill in the Revenue and Finance Committee, which would make it easier for oil companies to lease highway lands in Illinois. SB1418(moratorium and task force) is in the Senate Energy Committee which is scheduled to meet March 21 at 11AM.
Fracking Updates from our affiliate organizations
- Rev. Clare Butterfield of Faith in Place put together a blog post on the pain of disagreement among friends regarding this fracking issue. Read it here.
- The Illinois Chapter of Sierra Club released a statement last week supporting moratorium legislation. Review the statement and action alert here.
- IEC spoke to the Chicago Tribune about the inadequacy of local control measures in the regulatory bill. You can read the tribune article here.