Leasing Farmland for Oil and Gas
Last updated October 11, 2013

The Farm Bureau organization supports the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies.  Here are our current policies on the issue...

2013 American Farm Bureau Federation Policy #402 on Energy states...
We support... The oil and gas industries' use of hydraulic fracturing in the exploration and recovery process. Hydraulic fracturing should continue to be regulated by the states, rather than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

2013 Illinois Farm Bureau Policy #29 on Mineral Interests states...
We will support... Establishing regulations for hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling on site preparation, drilling, well-casings, pipelines, waste-storage, and other appropriate safeguards in order to protect land and water resources.

We oppose... Any moratorium on horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in Illinois.

2013 Illinois Farm Bureau Policy #127 on State and Local Finance states...
We oppose... A severance tax on current, low production oil and gas wells.  We believe that if there is a severance tax on new, high capacity oil and gas wells it should be at a level that will not impede the development or operation of those wells.

For more information on Farm Bureau's policy development process, click on "Policy" in the menu on the left.

Wayne County Farm Bureau  - Fairfield, IL
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Farm Bureau does not encourage you nor do we discourage you from signing a lease to explore and extract your mineral interests.   That decision is an individual decision... your decision.  We are simply providing you with the resources to make an educated decision.

"Leasing Farmland for Oil and Gas Production"
Program held on May 22, 2012

The University of Illinois Extension, in conjunction with the Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, Wayne, and White County Farm Bureaus, hosted two informational programs titled, “Leasing Farmland for Oil and Gas Production.”  

The program featured two Ohio State University Extension Educators, Clif Little and Chris Penrose.  Around 100 individuals attended the morning program held in McLeansboro,IL; and 260 individuals attended the evening program held in Fairfield, IL.

Here are the presentation slides from our two speakers. 

Chris Penrose 10.7mb
Clif Little .5mb

We have posted the video of the program on You Tube!  There are four parts to the video.  Parts 1 and 2 are of Chris Penrose.  Parts 3 and 4 are Clif Little and the audience questions.

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4


The State of Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act

Illinois Farm Bureau Checklist for Leases
Download the checklist and compare the information against your lease.  Remember to always have a qualified oil and gas attorney review your lease before you sign it.

FracFocus - Chemical Disclosure Registry
FracFocus is the national hydraulic fracturing chemcial registry.  It is managed by the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.  The site allows public access to reproted chemicals used in thousands of wells across the United States.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Division of Oil and Gas

Video & Web Resources 
FACT SHEET - Leasing Farmland for Oil and Gas Development, by Clif Little, OSU Extension
Hydraulic Fracturing 1
Hydraulic Fracturing 2
Fact Sheets from Energy in Depth
Illinois Oil and Gas Association
Feb 2011 article by Clif Little, OSU Extension on steps landowners should take

Well Water Testing
If you suspect an oil or gas well will be drilled near a water well on your property, we recommend that you conduct a baseline water test of that well.   The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has a list of water testing labs in Illinois.  You will need to contact the lab directly, and inquire about the proper testing procedure.  Click here to go to IEPA's list.

Legal Review of your Lease
It is critical that you take steps to make sure your land, water, and minerals are protected.  We highly recommend that you have your lease reviewed by a qualified oil and gas attorney before signing the lease.  The Illinois Farm Bureau recommends David Foreman of Foreman, & Kessler, Ltd.  They are located at 204 E Main in Salem, IL.  Their phone # is 618-548-8900.  

Land Contracts & Leases
Informational Program held on March 6, 2012

An informational meeting was held on March 6, 2012 for landowners and farmers to give them guidance and information about signing mineral rights leases for oil and gas exploration, including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking.   Around 230 individuals attended the program.

Speakers on the program included Kevin Reimer a geologist from Harrisburg, IL; David White, a landowner and farmer from Cisne, IL; Laura Harmon, Assistant General Counsel with the Illinois Farm Bureau; and David Foreman, an oil and gas attorney from Salem, IL.

While the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Wayne County Farm Bureau do not endorse one particular energy company or land company over another; our organization does support oil and natural gas development in Illinois.  It is highly recommended that you seek out the services of a qualified oil and gas attorney before signing a lease.

Click the links below to listen to the Land Contracts & Leases Program...
Note:  Some portions of the audio have been amplified in order to hear audience questions.

Kevin Reimer (29:28)
David White (19:34)
Laura Harmon and David Foreman, part 1 (23:31)
Laura Harmon and David Foreman, part 2 (23:28)
Laura Harmon and David Foreman, part 3 (25:10)

Presentation slides from Kevin Reimer
Shale Development Opportunities in Illinois
Hydraulic Fracturing Technology

Presentation slides from David White

There were no presentation slides from Laura Harmon and David Foreman.