(225 ILCS 732/1-40)
(a) Within 5 calendar days after the Department's receipt of the high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing application, the Department shall post notice of its receipt and a copy of the permit application on its website. The notice shall include the dates of the public comment period and directions for interested parties to submit comments.
(b) Within 5 calendar days after the Department's receipt of the permit application and notice to the applicant that the high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing permit application was received, the Department shall provide the Agency, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Illinois State Water Survey, and the Illinois State Geological Survey with notice of the application.
(c) The applicant shall provide the following public notice:
(1) Applicants shall mail specific public notice by
U.S. Postal Service certified mail, return receipt requested, within 3 calendar days after submittal of the high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing permit application to the Department, to all persons identified as owners of real property within 1,500 feet of the proposed well site, as disclosed by the records in the office of the recorder of the county or counties, and to each municipality and county in which the well site is proposed to be located.
(2) Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph
(2) of subsection (c), applicants shall provide general public notice by publication, once each week for 2 consecutive weeks, beginning no later than 3 calendar days after submittal of the high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing permit application to the Department, in a newspaper of general circulation published in each county where the well proposed for high volume hydraulic fracturing operations is proposed to be located.
If a well is proposed for high volume hydraulic
fracturing operations in a county where there is no daily newspaper of general circulation, the applicant shall provide general public notice, by publication, once each week for 2 consecutive weeks, in a weekly newspaper of general circulation in that county beginning as soon as the publication schedule of the weekly newspaper permits, but in no case later than 10 days after submittal of the high volume hydraulic fracturing permit application to the Department.
(3) The specific and general public notices required
under this subsection shall contain the following information:
(A) the name and address of the applicant;
(B) the date the application for a high volume
horizontal hydraulic fracturing permit was filed;
(C) the dates for the public comment period and a
statement that anyone may file written comments about any portion of the applicant's submitted high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing permit application with the Department during the public comment period;
(D) the proposed well name, reference number
assigned by the Department, and the address and legal description of the well site and its unit area;
(E) a statement that the information filed by the
applicant in their application for a high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing permit is available from the Department through its website;
(F) the Department's website and the address and
telephone number for the Department's Oil and Gas Division;
(G) a statement that any person having an
interest that is or may be adversely affected, any government agency that is or may be affected, or the county board of a county to be affected under a proposed permit, may file written objections to a permit application and may request a public hearing.
(d) After providing the public notice as required under paragraph (2) of subsection (c) of this Section, the applicant shall supplement its permit application by providing the Department with a certification and documentation that the applicant fulfilled the public notice requirements of this Section. The Department shall not issue a permit until the applicant has provided the supplemental material required under this subsection.
(e) If multiple applications are submitted at the same time for wells located on the same well site, the applicant may use one public notice for all applications provided the notice is clear that it pertains to multiple applications and conforms to the requirements of this Section. Notice shall not constitute standing for purposes of requesting a public hearing or for standing to appeal the decision of the Department in accordance with the Administrative Review Law.
(Source: P.A. 98-22, eff. 6-17-13; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)