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Exercise Care In Shutting Down Leases

With the drop in the price of oil, operators may feel compelled to completely shut down operations as to a particular lease. This could prove to be a risky proposition. An IlJinois Appellate Court decision in 2003 stated as follows with respect to the cessation of operations and the status of the lease: “One of […]

CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure

CISA released the following memorandum on March 19, 2020 As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that: “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services […]


Governor Pritzker ordered a stay at home mandate except for essential services until at least April 7.  According to the Governor’s Downstate Liaison, Oil and Gas operations are deemed Essential Services. Illinois reported its first three deaths connected to the coronavirus this week. Governor Pritzker unveiled a comprehensive website to share resources and state announcements. The Illinois Department […]

Illinois Legislature Canceled Session

The General Assembly canceled the session again for the week of March 23 due to the coronavirus crisis. Leadership noted that members should be prepared to return to Springfield to address “urgent matters.” The committee deadline for bills moving from a standing committee in the first chamber has been delayed to April 3, but these […]

COVID-19 Executive Order

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Pritzker has issued a shelter-in-place Executive Order effective at 5pm, Saturday, March 21st through April 7. However, Representatives of the Governor’s office have indicated that the Oil and Gas industry is deemed an Essential Industry under Section 12. You can see the entire Executive Order here.

Executive Vice President Job Opening

The IOGA is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation that represents over 400 members of the oil and gas industry as to issues that directly affect the development and production of oil and gas in Illinois. The Executive VP works for and at the direction of a Board of Directors but primarily through its Executive Committee, both […]

Oil and Gas Regulatory Revisions

Craig R. Hedin | Gesell’s Pump Sales & Service, Inc., IOGA Member at Large Effective September 6, 2019, various revisions of the Regulations of the Oil and Gas Act were implemented. Some of the revisions were discussed as proposals in the September 2018 Mineral Law Newsletter. Final versions and publications were not completed until September […]

USEPA Considers Emission Standards for Methane

Craig R. Hedin | Gesell’s Pump Sales & Service, Inc., IOGA Member at Large In 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a revision of regulations with respect to methane emissions. The approach taken by the EPA was that “one size fits all” with respect to all oil and natural gas operators in […]