Bills would restrict hydraulic fracturing in Illinois

“This ban on hydraulic fracturing could potentially be a ban on any future activity of that type.”

The Associated Press reports,

Two state lawmakers in Illinois are promoting legislation to restrict hydraulic fracturing, a process used by the energy industry to free oil and gas from rock that has drawn concern from environmentalists nationwide.

State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson has introduced two bills on the issue, including one that would prohibit the practice on state lands such as parks, forests, natural areas and wetlands, The News-Gazette in Champaign reported Wednesday. The second would require owners and operators of fracturing equipment to disclose all chemicals used in the process…

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