Illinois could soon be a pillar in the oil and natural gas industries. A new bill would allow businesses to pull oil and gas out of shale rocks deep within the soil, in a process known as "fracking." Mark Denzler with the Illinois Manufacturers Association says there are major economic benefits that come along with fracking.
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Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow the industry to move in and get to work. They believe areas in southern Illinois and between Champaign and Evansville, Indiana have plenty of shale rocks for drilling. If the measure is approved, industry leaders would have to adhere to strict regulations to ensure they don't contaminate water and protect the environment.