CHICAGO - Environmentalists committed to thwarting the hydraulic fracturing industry in Illinois won yet another victory Tuesday as the legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted to allow 45 more days to revisit the rules and regulations needed to move forward.
The members of the pro-fracturing GROW-IL Coalition responded, saying, "The GROW-IL Coalition understands JCAR's decision to delay the hydraulic fracturing rule-making process by an additional 45 days. We hope this extra time will ensure a fair and comprehensive analysis of the proposed regulations. It is our expectation these rules will resemble the spirit of the common-sense, negotiations and subsequent legislation that was signed into law.
But the kind-sounding response closed with a clear note of irritation and warning that companies interested in hydraulic fracturing on southern Illinois property are quickly losing interest as their company capital evaporates as it is spent on non-producing leases.
"At this point, several companies have expressed the concern about their ability to operate under these conditions. Our state desperately needs job creation and revenue, rules that stick to the legislation should accomplish that," the coalition's statement said.