After a Year of Haggling, Lawmakers Greenlight New Drilling Rules

On Nov. 6, lawmakers in Illinois signed off on rules to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling and completions, paving the way for what local industry hopes will result in unleashing the energy boom in southern Illinois.

An Illinois “fracing law” was passed by the state legislature in 2013 and was heralded as a compromise between environmental and industry groups. “But co-operation broke down when a first draft of rules was criticized by environmentalists and a second dr...

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