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Bill that would have sped up fracking in Illinois dies

By Julie Wernau Tribune staff reporter

11:37 a.m. CDT, May 28, 2014

A bill that sought to speed up the start of fracking in Illinois is dead, legislators said at a press conference this morning.

A southern Illinois legislator introduced it Friday in Springfield in an attempt to get horizontal hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” started more quickly in the state.

The legislation proposed to skip a rulemaking process currently underway that seeks to codify the rules around fracking based on a regulatory law that was passed last year. It has been about a year since the law passed and until the rulemaking process is done, high volume oil and gas drilling cannot begin in the state. The legislation would have also imposed a moratorium on fracking in Northern Illinois.

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