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DNR adds public hearings on Ill. 'fracking' rules

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 11:00 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is scheduling three more public hearings on its proposed regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.

The agency last week published a first draft of the state's first-ever rules to govern the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

Fracking uses a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to crack and hold open thick rock formations, releasing trapped oil and gas

The DNR originally scheduled two public hearings — Nov. 26 in in Chicago and Dec. 3 in the southern Illinois town of Ina.

But officials announced Monday that hearings have been added for Dec. 5 in Effingham, Dec. 17 in Decatur and Dec. 19 in Carbondale.

People also can submit written comments. The DNR will accept feedback until Jan. 3.

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