Local State Senator Scott Bennett’s plan to protect the Mahomet Aquifer, east central Illinois’ primary water source, from underground natural gas leaks was signed into law. It goes into effect immediately.
In December 2016, there was a gas leak from a natural-gas facility near the Mahomet Aquifer. However, Peoples Gas failed to notify residents and government officials of the leak for several months. The new law requires that Peoples Gas must immediately notify residents, businesses and government officials of any gas leaks at its gas storage field located above the Mahomet Aquifer. The new law also requires Peoples Gas to pay for annual inspections of its gas storage field conducted by the Department of Natural Resources.
Bennett says the Mahomet Aquifer serves as a lifeline for our region and this law moved one step closer toward our goal of protecting this important resource for our children and generations to come.