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Illinois: Lawmakers Approve Fracking Rules

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On November 6, state lawmakers unanimously approved rules regulating high volume horizontal fracturing operations. The final rules must be submitted to the Secretary of State for publication by November 15. The recent legislative endorsement will pave the way for companies to obtain drilling permits and begin what some believe will be an energy boom for the southern portion of the state.  Details surrounding document revisions have not been disclosed and this has alarmed environmental activists who believe the changes made behind closed doors benefitted industry.