Severin cheers 10-year extension of petroleum education act
Illinois students will continue to be informed about how oil and gas are critical to the state thanks to a 10-year extension of the Petroleum Education and Marketing Act (PEMA), according to a press release from Rep. David Severin (R-Benton), who sponsored the legislation extending the act.
PEMA has traditionally promoted the oil and gas industry, but through Senate Bill 730, which became Public Act 100-0220 when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill, it will also cover oilfield remediation and restoration activities. The legislation received bipartisan support and was endorsed by both the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois Oil and Gas Association.
“The PEMA is intended to be mainly educational, by working with teachers to educate students and the general public about the importance of the oil and gas industry in Illinois,” Severin said in the release. “Under the renewed act, the board will also be able support efforts to clean up and/or restore tank battery sites that are environmentally friendly.”
PEMA is now extended to Jan. 1, 2028.