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 "Our duties towards the environment are linked to our duties towards the human person, considered in himself and in relation to others. It would be wrong to uphold one set of duties while trampling on the other. Herein lies a grave contradiction in our mentality and practice today: one which demeans the person, disrupts the environment, and damages society.” Pope Benedict XVI

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The Office for Human Dignity is in the process of reconstituting the diocesan Care for God's Creation (CGC) Committee. The Care for God's Creation Committee will ideally have a representative from every parish and university in the diocese at its monthly meeting. During these meetings we discuss different environmental issues here in the Diocese of Joliet, throughout the state of Illinois, those that are taking place in the United States, and matters occurring internationally.


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Care for God's Creation Committee
Hydraulic Fracturing


Did you know: A study from Cornell University suggests hydraulic fracturing is related to "dozens of cases of illness, death and reproductive issues in cows, horses, goats, llamas, chickens, dogs, cats, fish and other wildlife, and humans." Click here for more.


What is horizontal high-volume slick-water hydraulic fracturing?
Basically...

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Just released: "Fracking Our Future" tells the stories of people in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio impacted by rapid expansion of the shale gas industry, highlighting effects on human health and everyday life. The film, narrated by geomicrobiologist Yuri Gorby, gives voice to residents living and working within a one mile radius of the drilling sites.

Resources on Hydraulic Fracturing:

Hydraulic Fracturing and its Impact on Life, Human and Organic
Click here for a .pdf containing a few different articles and references on the development of fossil fuels through hydraulic fracturing.


Legislation on Fracking Being Debated:

Illinois State Senate:
SB 1418: Puts a two year moratorium on fracking operations and creates a task-force in order to "conduct a thorough review of the regulation of hydraulic fracturing operations in Illinois and to gather information, review, evaluate, and make recommendations regarding the regulation of hydraulic fracturing operations in Illinois."

Illinois State House:
HB 2615: "Regulates where high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing operations are proposed, planned, or occurring may be located."

HB 3086: Puts a two year moratorium on fracking operations and creates a task-force in order to "conduct a thorough review of the regulation of hydraulic fracturing operations in Illinois and to gather information, review, evaluate, and make recommendations regarding the regulation of hydraulic fracturing operations in Illinois."

Active Legislative Regulation on Fracking:

Federal:
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 made fracking exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act, taking regulation out of the Environmental Protection Agency's jurisdiction. It also changed the legal definition of pollution in order to not include "water, gas, or other material which is injected into a well to facilitate production of oil or gas...." See the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

State:
The Illinois Oil and Gas Act of 2011 is the most current regulation in the state on oil and natural gas extraction. It allows for interested parties who form a majority to petition the state to force a disinterested party (or parties) into allowing oil and gas exploration and extraction activities beneath their land, violating the consciences of persons, and the principle of subsidiarity. See the Oil and Gas Act of 2011.

More information on fracking and advocacy coming soon!



Did you know: "A group of doctors called on Jan. 9 [2012] for a moratorium on fracking in populated areas until the health effects of the process using a mix of water, chemicals and sand are better understood." Click here for more.


     

In the Spotlight:
Dr. Jame Schaefer participated in a three-person panel on the "pro's, con's and context" of hydraulic fracturing.

A theologian at Marquette University, Dr. Schaefer spoke on the goodness of creation as the starting ground in the fracking debate.

Is the goodness of creation respected in our desire for oil and natural gas?

See Marquette University's Dr. Schaefer's presentation on the theological context for addressing fracking.

 

 

 

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