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IDNR: ‘Fracking’ At Least a Year Off in Illinois

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A worker cleans and lubricates the head of the machine, after the stimulation hydraulic fracturing of one segment of the well is finished, at Southwestern Energy Co.'s natural gas production site at the Marcellus Shale formation in Camptown, Pennsylvania, U.S. (Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A worker cleans and lubricates the head of the machine, after the stimulation hydraulic fracturing of one segment of the well is finished, at Southwestern Energy Co.’s natural gas production site at the Marcellus Shale formation in Camptown, Pennsylvania, U.S. (Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year until the start of hydraulic fracturing in the state.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports new state regulations for the practice are nearly complete.

That’s according to Marc Miller, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

But Miller says it will take months before permits are issued. That’s because the state still needs to hold public hearings and collect comments.

Miller told the newspaper no companies have registered to perform hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” since the state started sign-ups last month.

Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack underground rock formations and release oil and natural gas.

The governor signed legislation in July regulating fracking and creating a two-step application process.

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