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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.