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University of illinois extension fracking task force

University Of Illinois Extension “Fracking” Task Force

Presented By Task Force Co-Chairs

Adam Feig & Connie Beck


The “Fracking” Task Force at the University of Illinois Extension seeks to facilitate the dissemination of unbiased, scientific-based, information resulting in improved and informed decision making for our local stakeholders and clientele.


  • Task Force was created in March 2012 when leasing efforts became prevalent in Wayne County.

  • Hosted 10+ informational sessions throughout Southern Illinois on leasing, current issues, legislative updates, and provided audiences with opportunities to have questions answered.


  • Conducted a site visit to southeastern Ohio in December of 2012 in partnership with representatives of Ohio State University Extension.

  • Visited numerous well sites in Ohio and spoke with local landowners and community leaders.

Task force team members
Task Force Team Members

  • Adam Feig, Extension Director, Co-Chair

  • Connie Beck, Extension Director, Co-Chair

  • Susan Odum, Extension Educator, CED

  • Zachary Kennedy, Extension Educator, CED

  • Matt Rush, Program Coordinator, ANR

  • Nathan Johanning, Extension Educator, ANR

  • Jason Haupt, Extension Educator, ANR

  • Dr. Dale Law, Regional Director

  • Dr. Mike Gray, Professor/Assistant Dean, ANR


  • Presentations/Informational Meetings

  • Fact Sheets

  • Gathering Unbiased Research

  • Review of Best Practices

  • Money Management Programs

  • Informational Website (Under Development)

  • Staying Abreast of Issues & Developments

    (i.e. Zoning, Infrastructure)


  • Landowners/Mineral Right Owners

  • Local Governments (Various Levels)

  • Community Leaders

  • Local Business Owners

  • Environmental Groups

  • Special Interest Groups

  • Local Media

Goals of the task force
Goals of the Task Force

  • Awareness and understanding of the long term impacts of the leasing, implementation, recovery, and restoration efforts associated with “Fracking”.

  • Improve the quality of life and economic viability of rural clientele, stakeholders, and local communities.

  • Ensure long-term environmental quality and sustainability.

  • Improve social and economic conditions in our communities.

  • To better prepare our communities to prevent and respond to emergencies.