Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs New Fracking Regulations Into Law

"Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed into law the nation's strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling."

"'This new law will unlock the potential for thousands of jobs in Southern Illinois and ensure that our environment is protected,' Quinn said in a news release announcing his widely expected signature on the bill that he pushed for and that the Legislature passed overwhelmingly a few weeks ago.

The new law establishes rules that oil and gas companies must follow during hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack underground rock formations and release oil and natural gas. Companies will be required to disclose chemicals and to test water before and after drilling as well as hold the companies liable for contamination."

Don Babwin reports for the Associated Press June 17, 2013.


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Source: AP, 06/18/2013