Peoria Public Radio Staff
Wed May 28, 2014
Pro-fracking groups say Quinn administration slow to draft rules
It's been a year since hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, was approved in Illinois. The law was hard-fought, but in the end, industry and environmental interest groups signed off.
But the industry is still waiting on the state's Department of Natural Resources to draft a set of rules. DNR says it's spent substantial time reviewing comments from the public.
But Representative David Reis, a Republican from downstate Willow Hill, says those comments are largely carbon copies of the same environmental-activist script, and that DNR is using that as an excuse.
"Politically driven delays by the governor and his administrations and departments are single-handedly stymieing this process."
The coalition of pro-fracking groups says once fracking begins, thousands of jobs could be created, especially attractive to high-unemployment areas of southern Illinois. But environmental groups say DNR needs time to draft rules that keep up with changing technology.