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Hydraulic Fracturing
5:22 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Public Comment Period Opens For Illinois 'Fracking' Legislation

Illustration of water cycle for hydraulic fracturing.
Credit (via U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking public feedback on the state's first-ever regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.

The DNR published proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing today, which begins a public comment period that will last until Jan. 3.

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Fracking
2:15 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Gov. Quinn Signs New Fracking Regulations

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. (via Flickr/jglazer75)
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday giving the state the nation's strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.


In a news release, Quinn says the law will "unlock the potential" for thousands of jobs in southern Illinois while protecting the environment. Quinn's signature was expected after the measure sailed through the Illinois Legislature.

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Politics / Fracking
2:36 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Fracking Regulation Measure Advances To Full Ill. House

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. (via Flickr/jglazer75)
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Reporting from Chris Slaby.

A measure that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” heads to the full Illinois House after Representatives approved it at a hearing Tuesday.

The plan, which passed unanimously, comes two months after a previous version appeared to have enough momentum to go before the House. It stalled over environmentalists’ raised concern there was not enough protection to keep water wells from becoming contaminated.

Unions were also divided over a labor dispute.

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Fracking
10:19 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Friction Over Fracking Continues In Illinois

Credit (via Flickr/jglazer75)

Dozens of environmentalists and land owners are meeting with lawmakers in Springfield hoping to persuade them to temporarily ban high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.
 
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," held a rally and lobbied Illinois legislators yesterday. They're hoping to win support for a two-year moratorium on the practice instead of regulations that would allow it.
 
Fracking opponents say they were ignored during negotiations over a regulatory bill, which proponents say would give Illinois the nation's toughest regulations.
 

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Fracking
4:55 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Environmentalists, Business Groups Reach Deal On Fracking In Illinois

Rep. John Bradley stands with representatives of the business and environmental communities in Illinois to announce an agreement on "fracking" regulations.
Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio

Brian Mackey contributed reporting from Springfield, Ill.

It was an odd sight at the Illinois state Capitol today - supporters of the oil and gas industry sharing a podium with environmental activists.

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Fracking
2:22 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Ill. legislation regulating 'fracking' advances

The interior of the dome at the Illinois State Capitol.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Illinois legislation is advancing that would regulate decades-old but debated technology used to reach previously inaccessible natural gas reserves deep underground.

The state Senate on Thursday unanimously sent to the House a bill addressing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That technology involves using mixtures of water, sand and chemicals to free below-ground energy reserves.

Senate Bill 3280 comes as energy companies are pushing to prospect possible drilling sites using fracking in southern Illinois.

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