Drilling, Fracturing, and Real Estate, Oh My!

IAR Treasurer Jim Kinney and State Rep. John Bradley, D-Harrisburg, at the association's task force on hydraulic fracturing.While it may not go together as well as lions, tigers and bears there is clearly a connection as several members of the new Illinois Association of REALTORS® Task Force on Hydraulic Fracturing and Horizontal Drilling learned last week. This past Thursday members from central and downstate Illinois that specialize in varying aspects of real estate including land sales, industrial sales, appraisal and others came together and heard several speakers to begin on a project that will result in a recommendation to the leadership of the IAR.

What is at issue is determining exactly how this form of energy extraction, both and oil and gas, effects property ownership, rights and the practice of real estate. Several issues are on the table to be discussed. This issues include mineral rights, ground leases, property value, disclosure, environmental, economic impacts, community development, zoning and others.

At this first gathering, Roman Basi, past President of the Egyptian Board of REALTORS® and an attorney shared a presentation on some of the implications with leasing. We also had presentations from State Rep. from the 117th District, John Bradley to discuss the political issues and the legislative process to regulate the practice. And then finally, Brad Richards, a geologist and Executive Officer of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association gave the task force an introduction to the science and technology of hydraulic fracturing. Jim Kinney, IAR Treasurer and Chair of the task force grew up in the oil industry and he stated “There was so much information given today, I am looking forward to delving into this and hoping to come up with a quality recommendation for our leadership on how we can best serve the membership on this issue.”

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About Sharon Gorrell, IAR Housing Policy Advisor

Sharon Gorrell is Housing Policy Advisor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Through research and analysis she provides IAR leadership, committees, and governmental affairs staff well-informed expertise on local, state, and national housing policy issues and programs. Her work assists IAR in developing sound housing and housing finance policy positions and programs. She develops and maintains relationships with other associations, agencies and organizations that engage in the discussion and development of policies that affect housing and access to housing, and serves as the voice for and liaison of the REALTOR® organization to such groups. She serves as the IAR staff executive for the Housing Opportunity Working Group, Business Diversity Working Group, Federal Political Coordinators Working Group and Community Development Resource Working Group.