A recent study completed by the Illinois Chamber Foundation showed that new natural gas production in Illinois could create more than 47-thousand jobs and $9-billion in economic development. That news has motivated lawmakers, including State Representative Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon, to call for a full vote on H.B. 2615 in the Illinois House.
He says that supporting this measure was an easy decision to make for several reasons.
H.B. 2615 establishes the permit process, property owner identification, defines prevention standards and public input time lines and allows for the expansion of high volume fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, while also enforcing some of the nation's strictest water and air protections. The measure has spent the last year in the House Rules Committee and has garnered bipartisan support from more than 50 representatives in the Illinois House.