Despite concerns over the impact of fracking, Illinois legislators adjourned their spring session without taking action to regulate the controversial drilling process. Oil and gas companies are hoping to unearth deposits of gas, oil, and hydrocarbons that lie far under shale rock in southern Illinois. They've already spent millions on acquiring land leases. The Senate passed a measure that would have put some regulations in place. It stalled in the House. Environmentalists say it didn't go far enough. They prefer a different measure that popped up on the final day of the legislative session. It would put a halt to any drilling in Illinois for a year or two. The session ended before it was called for a vote. Republican Representative Pam Roth from Coal City says a fracking ban would curtail an economic boom.
Environmental advocates say a moratorium would allow time for research to be done about what they claim are harmful effects of fracking, like water contamination and loss of value to farm land.
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