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Hydraulic Fracturing Rules Delayed in Illinois

As we previously reported, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) originally filed the draft rules for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in November of 2013. An outpouring of public interest resulted in over 31,000 comments that the Agency had to sort through as part of the rule-making process. It took the Agency over 9 months to analyze and review the comments and on August 29, 2014 it filed the second draft of the rules. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules ("JCAR"), the panel charged with approval of the rules, had 45 days to review the second draft. As we anticipated, JCAR requested an additional 45-day period to review and approve the rules. What does that mean for businesses and local governmental bodies who are anxiously watching the rules in preparation of the application process? If JCAR does not approve the rules by November 15, 2014, the rule-making process could start all over again, further delaying the implementation of this law.

We continue to closely monitor this rule-making process. We are in the process of analyzing the comments, responses and corresponding changes that IDNR has published and will have additional information in the near future.

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Ann Barron, Environmental Litigation Attorney, Heyl Roster Law Firm
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Ann concentrates her practice in civil litigation, including environmental and business-related disputes, nursing home litigation, and personal injury defense.

Ann joined Heyl Royster in 2013. Before joining Heyl Royster, Ann served as in-house counsel at Valero in San Antonio, TX, where she managed complex environmental, commercial, class action and tort litigation. While at Valero, Ann also served on the Information Governance Committee, and was responsible for electronic discovery and electronic records implementation, retention and...

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Chrissie's practice is focused on government law, representing municipalities and other public entities in a broad range of issues, including administrative and regulatory law, the operation and governance of critical services, infrastructure construction and financing, council procedures, tax increment financing and economic development. Before joining Heyl Royster, Chrissie served as the City Attorney for Canton, Illinois for seven years where she managed all legal aspects of a municipal corporation.

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