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Illinois: The New Fracking Frontier

The oil and gas industry is drooling over carbon-rich shale formations in the Land of Lincoln.

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The Shawnee National Forest wilderness in Illinois is menaced by the possibility of fracking and the logging of its virgin forests. (Photo/Daniel Schwen via Wikimedia Commons)

In the oil and gas industry’s quest to tap resources hidden in shale formations throughout the nation, companies involved in the fracking movement are focussing their attention on the next big hot spot, moving attention away from North Dakota and Texas and looking ahead to the future of the industry.

That future, at this point, is seen in Illinois, where the state just instituted a set of regulations that opened doors to an industry eager to extract oil and gas from the Land of Lincoln.   For the rest of this story please click the link:


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