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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)

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

Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year until the start of hydraulic fracturing in the state. New state regulations for the practice are nearly complete.

11/14/2013

A hydraulic fracturing site is viewed on June 19, 2012 in South Montrose, Pa. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Illinois Begins Registering Companies for Fracking Operations

The move is welcomed by the Illinois Manufacturer’s Association but opposed by Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment, or “SAFE”

10/07/2013

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)

Quinn Signs Tougher Fracking Regulations into Law

Quinn says the law will “unlock the potential” for thousands of jobs in southern Illinois while protecting the environment.

06/17/2013

A hydraulic fracturing site is viewed on June 19, 2012 in South Montrose, Pa. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Energy Companies Look To Make Southern Illinois Future Home Of ‘Fracking’

This is the Illinois that many people never see — the sparsely populated southern tip where flat farmland gives way to rolling hills, rocky outcrops, thick forests and cypress swamps.

05/06/2013

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)

Illinois House Continues Battle Over Fracking Bill

State Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) says the bill needs to pass as soon as possible, claiming it could be a “gold rush” for Illinois.

05/01/2013

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)

Missourians Watching Illinois’ Fracking Bill Closely

the Missouri mining industry stands to gain from an increased need for silica sand, which is critical in hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

03/25/2013

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)

Governor Quinn Unsure How to Handle Fracking Concerns

The governor says we must be “super careful” with our water supply, but he doesn’t want to halt fracking, because it might be economically beneficial.

08/06/2012

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)

High-Volume Fracking May Be Coming to Illinois This Year

Fracking opponents say contamination has occurred, and contaminated water has been consumed by people, farm animals and wildlife.

07/31/2012

Natural Gas Well 4, Getty Images

Illinois Lawmakers Prepare for Fracking

No fracking wells are up in Illinois yet, though some companies have been purchasing or leasing land in anticipation.

04/27/2012