Hydraulic Fracturing Concerns Discussed

David Morse of the ISGS met in the Lt. Governor's office in the State House with officials from the Illinois EPA, and Illinois Departments of Agriculture, Public Health and Safety, Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Natural Resources to discuss pending legislation and concerns about hydraulic fracturing of gas shales in Illinois. He described the fracturing process and the potential for use of large scale fracturing technology to recover natural gas from the New Albany Shale. Smaller scale fracturing of conventional oil and gas reservoirs has been conducted for the last 50 years without environmental problems. Surface containment of flow-back fluids from the very large fracturing operations and disclosure of the chemical constituents of hydraulic fracturing fluid were the main concerns discussed.