IL Fracking

UCAN has joined groups from across the state (IL Environmental Council, IIRON, People’s Lobby ect.) to pressure IL state congress and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) who is tasked with writing fracking regulations, to draft the most stringent rules possible to protect the communities and environment of IL from the dangers of the hydraulic fracking process.

Hydraulic fracturing, more widely known as fracking, is a process in which a fluid is pumped at high pressure into a geologic formation to break up the rock, and release oil or gas trapped within.The dangerous process has caused water pollution, habitation destruction, air pollution and public harm in other states across the US. Learn more about the process & concerns of fracking here.

This past June, the General Assembly passed, and Governor Quinn signed, the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act to regulate fracking (high-volume hydraulic fracturing) in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) submitted a second round of draft rules for fracking in late-summer of 2014 that fall far short from protecting the the people, economy and environment of Illinois and, in many cases, do not meet or even address the intent of the law.

For more information on how you can organize with us to prevent the fracking industry from harming the health and wellbeing of our state, contact Roberta Weiner at