Get cracking on ‘fracking’
Proponents ask state lawmakers for uniform rules to promote jobs
Pumping large amounts of water mixed with chemicals and sand underground to extract oil and natural gas could create thousands of jobs in Illinois and produce a tax windfall for the state.
Or, doing that could lead to polluted water supplies, divert water from agricultural uses, and even risk triggering earthquakes.
Proponents of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, adhere to the former and want the state to adopt uniform standards that will promote the practice in Illinois.
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