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IL Fracking Registration A Two Step Process

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 16:29:43 CDT
By: AP

Companies that want to perform high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois may begin registering with the state. But it will be several months before companies may apply for a permit to use the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or ``fracking.'' Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law regulating fracking in July. It created a two-step permit application process that requires companies to first register with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. IDNR won't accept applications for drilling permits until a legislative committee approves rules. Spokesman Chris McCloud says that process, which will include public hearings, will take months. Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, chemicals and sand to crack rock formations deep underground to release oil and gas. Opponents fear it will pollute and deplete water resources.

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