On May 22, 2017, Kansas-based Woolsey Operating Company filed an application to frack in White County, Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reviewed the submission and, declaring it insufficient, required a revised proposal from Woolsey on June 5th, which was provided and is now under assessment.

In recognition of the variety of public health and environmental threats posed by this kind of high-intensity fracking, the IDNR accepted public comments on the fracking application until June 28th. Given the multiple deficiencies of the original application and the potential harmful effects of hydraulic fracturing, our staff at IEC combed through the application and compiled a list of some of the most concerning aspects of Woolsey’s plan.

IEC and many of our member organizations submitted a public comment outlining these concerns, which can be found here. The IDNR will decide on whether or not to issue the permit by late August.

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