This article briefly discusses the history of legislative action and negotiations that led up to the negotiation and promulgation of the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act (the Act) in June 2013. It also summarizes and discusses numerous provisions in the Act that were of particular interest to environmental groups engaged in negotiating the Act, as well as the Act’s implementing regulations finalized in November 2014. Finally, it provides a brief discussion of the status of fracking activity in Illinois right now and a forecast for the near future.
Jennifer L. Cassel, Illinois’s Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act: A Successful Compromise, 49 J. Marshall L. Rev. 315 (2015)