SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois environmental officials
said it will be at least a year until the start of hydraulic fracturing in the
The State Journal-Register reported that new state
regulations for the practice are nearly complete.
That’s according to Marc Miller, director of the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources.
But Miller said it will take months before permits are
issued. That’s because the state still needs to hold public hearings and collect
Miller told the newspaper no companies have registered to
perform hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” since the state started signups
Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or
gravel and chemicals to crack underground rock formations and release oil and
The governor signed legislation in July regulating fracking
and creating a two-step application process.
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