A set of regulations billed as the most stringent in the nation over “fracking” is now law.
“High-volume hydraulic fracturing will create tens of thousands of jobs, generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the state, and will reduce our reliance on foreign sources of oil, so this is a win-win-win for the state of Illinois,” said Mark Denzler, vice president of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association.
Fracking is the process of shooting sand, water and chemicals deep into the earth to get to hard-to-reach gas and oil.
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In an e-mailed statement, SAFE (Southern Illinoisans against Fracturing our Environment) said the bill “was negotiated behind closed doors, and was not based on scientific study, but rather on the question of what was politically possible, regardless of science. The resulting bill is woefully inadequate to protect Illinois residents from the known harms horizontal fracking has brought to residents across America.”
A spokeswoman for the governor said while Gov. Pat Quinn is proud of the bill, he did not have time to schedule a bill-signing ceremony because he is busy trying to negotiate pension reform in anticipation of a special legislative session Wednesday.