Last week on Thursday, March 29th, 150 environmental advocates from across Illinois took to the Capitol in Springfield. They spoke to their representatives and senators about the importance of regulating hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”) in Illinois as well as the need to ensure that the Department of Natural Resources receives adequate funding to maintain state parks, openlands, and their capacity to serve as regulators for various industries in Illinois.
PCG staff, volunteers, and advocates were so pleased to have been a part of this successful day! This was our fourth annual environmental lobby day and with each passing year, the number of participants grows. Despite being a deadline week for legislators, advocates were able to speak with over seventy legislators and left information with those they weren’t able to meet with. PCG’s very own photographer, Dir. of Communications Betsy Neely, took photos of the days happenings. Take a look at what we did!
For those of you who couldn’t come, there are still ways to get involved! The legislation regulating fracking (SB3280) is still in the Senate. Take a moment to call or email your state senator and ask them to support this important bill. You legislators will be in their district offices this coming week so be sure to call their local offices or consider setting up an in-district visit!
We are hopeful that when the legislature reconvenes on April 16th, the Senate will vote to pass this bill. We’ll certainly keep you updated and hope that when the time is right that you’ll contact your state representative as well.