State News
8:24 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Debate on new fracking rules continues

Illinois residents get one last chance Thursday night to speak out in a public forum about new rules on fracking in the state.  These regulations are in response to legislation signed over the summer to regulate high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing. It’s a process that involves pumping large amounts of chemicals and water deep underground to release oil or natural gas. Supporters say fracking will bring much-needed jobs to Illinois, while critics argue the costs far outweigh any benefits.  Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports.