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(225 ILCS 732/1-65)
Hydraulic fracturing permit; bonds.
(a) An applicant for a high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing permit under this Act shall provide a bond, executed by a surety authorized to transact business in this State. The bond shall be in the amount of $50,000 per permit or a blanket bond of $500,000 for all permits. If the applicant is required to submit a bond to the Department under the Illinois Oil and Gas Act, the applicant's submission of a bond under this Section shall satisfy the bonding requirements provided for in the Illinois Oil and Gas Act. In lieu of a bond, the applicant may provide other collateral securities such as cash, certificates of deposit, or irrevocable letters of credit under the terms and conditions as the Department may provide by rule.
(b) The bond or other collateral securities shall remain in force until the well is plugged and abandoned. Upon abandoning a well to the satisfaction of the Department and in accordance with the Illinois Oil and Gas Act, the bond or other collateral securities shall be promptly released by the Department. Upon the release by the Department of the bond or other collateral securities, any cash or collateral securities deposited shall be returned by the Department to the applicant who deposited it.
(c) If, after notice and hearing, the Department determines that any of the requirements of this Act or rules adopted under this Act or the orders of the Department have not been complied with within the time limit set by any notice of violation issued under this Act, the permittee's bond or other collateral securities shall be forfeited. Forfeiture under this subsection shall not limit any duty of the permittee to mitigate or remediate harms or foreclose enforcement by the Department or the Agency. In no way will payment under this bond exceed the aggregate penalty as specified.
(d) When any bond or other collateral security is forfeited under the provisions of this Act or rules adopted under this Act, the Department shall collect the forfeiture without delay. The surety shall have 30 days to submit payment for the bond after receipt of notice by the permittee of the forfeiture.
(e) All forfeitures shall be deposited in the Oil and Gas Resource Management Fund to be used, as necessary, to mitigate or remediate violations of this Act or rules adopted under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-22, eff. 6-17-13; 99-139, eff. 7-24-15.)