The GROW-IL (Growing Resources and Opportunity for the Workforce in Illinois) coalition is a diverse group of business, labor, construction, transportation and agricultural organizations focused on enacting common sense hydraulic fracturing legislation in Springfield and are led by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, Illinois AFL-CIO and the Illinois Petroleum Council. Hydraulic fracturing is the process of releasing natural gas and oil from rock deposits deep underground by fracturing shale formations. This cutting-edge technology allows shale gas to be safely extracted from the New Albany Shale in southeast Illinois. The United States is poised to become the largest producer of both natural gas and oil in the next five years and Illinois can be a leader in that energy effort if Springfield can support policies to maximize our energy resources.
On February 21, 2013, the coalition released the following statement regarding HB 2615 sponsored by Rep. John Bradley (D) and Rep. David Reis (R):
"The legislation introduced by Rep. John Bradley and Rep. Reis is a step in the right direction in enacting common sense hydraulic fracturing legislation that creates jobs, stimulates the economy and provides regulations to protect our environment. Our coalition representing business and labor is encouraged the legislature is focused on policy that puts working families and local businesses to work. GROW-IL supports this kind of common-sense framework that maximizes our energy resources and capabilities, puts working men and women to work and enhances our environment.”
Learn more about our coalition members.