Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act

Illinois' Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act (HFRA) is a law that applies to all wells in which high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations will take place in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulates the oil and gas industry and has primary authority to administer the HFRA with the assistance of the Illinois State Geological Survey, the Illinois State Water Survey, the State Fire Marshal and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Every applicant for a permit under the HFRA shall first register with the DNR at least 30 days before applying for a permit. If you would like to register or learn more, Instructions and Registration Process are provided.