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.
The move is welcomed by the Illinois Manufacturer’s Association but opposed by Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment, or “SAFE”
Quinn says the law will “unlock the potential” for thousands of jobs in southern Illinois while protecting the environment.
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.
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.
the Missouri mining industry stands to gain from an increased need for silica sand, which is critical in hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
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.
Fracking opponents say contamination has occurred, and contaminated water has been consumed by people, farm animals and wildlife.
No fracking wells are up in Illinois yet, though some companies have been purchasing or leasing land in anticipation.