To the Editor:

"Fracking in Illinois - Facts and Myths Explained," a continuing legal education program presented by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the 431 Conference Center, 431 S. 4th St., in Springfield.

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a hot topic issue in Illinois – especially with the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act now in place in Illinois. Attorneys who attend this full-day seminar will learn: the geology of the Illinois Basin and the New Albany Shale in southern Illinois; how horizontal drilling and fracking technology has enabled increased development of Illinois’ energy resources; the requirements of Illinois’ Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act; the roles of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the environmental issues associated with fracking, including resource water management, groundwater, disposal, and air emissions; local interests, including real estate and agricultural law issues; risk management and insurance coverage; and much more.

The program, which qualifies for 7.0 hours based on a 60 minute MCLE (minimum continuing legal education) credit hour, is sponsored by the ISBA Environmental Law Section, and co-sponsored by the ISBA Real Estate Law Section, the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section, and the Agricultural Law Section.

Cost, which includes lunch, is $150 for ISBA members and $305 for non-members by Sept. 11; thereafter, prices increase $15. Payment must be made in advance by check, money order, or credit card.  For more information and/or to obtain a registration form, log onto the ISBA web site at, or call toll free1-800-252-8908.

Illinois State Bar Association

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