The Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act (HFRA) became effective June 17, 2013 in the State of Illinois. HFRA regulates the high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations in the State of Illinois. This act also provides the permitting process and other requirements for fracking activity in the State of Illinois. The HFRA authorizes the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to take action and adopt rules as necessary to achieve the purposes of this act; and therefore, IDNR has the primary authority to administer the HFRA along with the assistance of other Illinois state agencies like the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois Water Survey and the State Fire Marshal.
The IDNR has recently proposed administrative rules for the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act and Seismicity. These HFRA rules are proposed and codified under Title 62 IAC 245 and the seismic activity rules are proposed to be incorporated into Title 62 IAC (Illinois Oil and Gas Act) under 240.796.
The proposed administrative rules for HFRA will regulate permitting, drilling, construction, operation, plugging and restoration of well sites where fracking operations have been or will be conducted after June 17, 2013.
A public hearing will be held on December 3, 2013. More information about the location and procedures for public hearings can be found at the IDNR website.
IDNR will accept public comments submitted online or via mail through January 3, 2013. Instruction and more information about this submittal can be found on the IDNR website.