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Illinois Appellate Court Concludes No Irreparable Harm From Implementation of New Hydraulic Fracturing Rules

The nascent Illinois shale oil and gas industry won a preliminary victory in the courtroom last week. The Appellate Court of Illinois for the Fifth District affirmed the denial of a preliminary injunction against the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR’s) new hydraulic fracturing regulations. Although the DNR’s regulations must still survive a decision on … Continue Reading

Illinois Drilling Rules Dodge First Blow in Latest Lawsuit

Illinois’ fledgling hydraulic fracturing industry avoided another delay last week. The rules, which adopt a regulatory framework to facilitate and regulate unconventional drilling, were finally published after over a year in the works. Last week, the rules faced a preliminary injunction in a pending lawsuit brought by Illinois landowners, who oppose unconventional drilling. However, Judge Barbara … Continue Reading

Study Linking Earthquakes to Fracing May Shake the Ballots

On October 15, seismologist Paul A. Friberg published an article in the journal Seismological Research Letters that links earthquakes to hydraulic fracturing. The report was published less than a month before today’s vote, in which several communities will make decisions affecting the burgeoning domestic energy business. The article links hydraulic fracturing, not only to the … Continue Reading

Uncertainty Prevails as Illinois Delays a Decision on Fracing Regulations

Last week, Illinois’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted to push back its decision about whether to approve proposed rules governing horizontal fracturing operations until November 6.  The delay promises to fuel uncertainty among fracing supporters and opponents alike about the legality of conducting unconventional drilling operations within the State if the draft rules are … Continue Reading

Industry Group Opposes Illinois Fracking Rules

Labor groups and members of the oil and gas industry have joined together in calling for the overhaul of recently proposed rules governing fracking in the state.  The pro-fracking coalition, known as Grow-IL, argues that the revised regulations, which the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (“IDNR”) released on August 29, significantly deviate from the hydraulic … Continue Reading

Illinois Releases New Draft of Hydraulic Fracturing Rules

Last Friday, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) released its highly anticipated revised hydraulic fracturing rules. The IDNR had taken the past year to “re-tool” its oil and gas regulations, and took into consideration more than 31,000 comments. The revisions attempt to address many of the issues typically raised by environmentalists in opposition to … Continue Reading

Illinois Voters Defeat Local Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing after Controversial Campaign

On Tuesday, Voters in Johnson County, Illinois rejected a local referendum designed to pressure county commissioners into enacting a ban on hydraulic fracturing. Specifically, the referendum—technically a non-binding recommendation to the county commissioners—asked: “Shall the people’s right to local self-government be asserted by Johnson County to ban corporate fracking as a violation of their rights … Continue Reading
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