Check the status of this bill: SB3484
- Colorado’s historic floods in the fall of 2013 resulted in the deaths of nine people and over $2 billion in damages! Almost two thousand oil and natural gas wells were affected! Over 43,000 gallons of Hydraulic Fracturing produced waste water was spilled into the flood waters and 48,000 gallons of leaked oil, as well as other contaminants were spilled, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV4wbWkustg
- Is there a risk to human and animal health and crops from flooding in areas with oil and natural gas wells, open storage pits and infrastructure? The residents of Colorado were extremely concerned after the floods about contamination, and the studies and best practices are still being evaluated, http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-11653-boulder-county-floods-whats-in-the-water.html
- The flood plain, sometimes called the 100-year flood plain, is defined as the areas where there is at least a 1 percent chance that flooding will occur in any given year. An illustrative map of Illinois flood plains can be found at: http://ediillinois.org/ppa/docs/00/00/00/02/32/35/20091221205059_floodzone09.pdf Flood plains are determined by a computer model, it is a key element in flood management. The Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act, HFRA, has no provisions to protect Illinois lands, water and citizens from possible threat of contaminants from fracturing operations in a flood-prone area.
- Regulators in Colorado are considering whether new rules are needed after the historic flooding last fall and the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and other state officials, held a meeting to review lessons learned from the flood. http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25074496/colo-oil-gas-regulators-discuss-flood-damage
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has published flood hazard maps on their web site: Preliminary Flood Hazard Data page athttp://www.fema.gov/view-your-communitys-preliminary-flood-hazard-data-0, with corresponding maps on the Preliminary FEMA Map products page at http://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/, to assist in identifying areas of concern. However, these maps are in a constant state of flux and revision.
Purpose of bill:
- The purpose of this bill is to halt permits for fracturing operations in the 100 year flood plains of Illinois while a Task Force investigates the best practices in the oil and natural gas industry learned in Colorado after the historic floods of 2013, and to apply them in the 100 year flood plains of Illinois.
- To establish a usable map of 100 year floodplains in consultation with the Illinois State Geological Survey.
- Co-sponsor and support the passage of SB3484.
- Implement the findings of the Floodplain Investigative Task Force created by this legislation to protect Illinois lands and citizens from accidents related to fracturing operations.