Area residents say "no" to fracking regulations

By Katherine Tellez

December 17, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Local residents are saying 'no' to the fracking rules and regulations released by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

More than a dozen people headed to Decatur Tuesday afternoon to let the IDNR know they do not approve of the rules and regulations it released regarding fracking.

Oil and gas companies use hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, to get natural gas and oil out of shale rock -- found thousands of feet below ground.

To do this, they use a combination of chemicals, sand and water.

The mixture injected into the ground under high pressure in order to break the shale.

Governor Quinn signed the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act in June.

Those against these regulations say the Governor promised it would be done safely, but claim these policies put in place fall short of that.

"Those will have no deterrent effect whatsoever against these corporations," said Bill Poorman with Illinois People's Action.  "We need tough cops on the beat, we need tough laws, so it is more expensive for them to break the law than to follow it."

The group believes no amount of regulation can make fracking safe.

But they do want revisions put in place that will hold health and safety extremely high.

There is no timetable for when fracking will begin in Illinois.

The IDNR has to address all of the public comments first. Then, a new set of rules and regulations will be released.

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