'Fracking' Opponents Rap Quinn for Supporting Bill
A group called "Stop the Frack Attack" issued a statement Friday urging Quinn to instead support a 2-year moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."
On Thursday, two downstate lawmakers introduced a regulatory bill drafted with the help of industry and some environmental groups. The governor released a statement hours later, praising the bill and saying it could help create jobs.
Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack open rock formations and release oil and gas. The industry is eyeing southern Illinois' New Albany shale.
Critics say more studies are needed on pollution and health risks.
See other LocalNews news:Mt. Vernon Man Killed In Hamilton County Wreck
Oven Fire Out At Salem Home Upon Fire Department's Arrival
Three Rescued From Car in High Water in Rural Odin
Local Free Community College Plans May Be Template for US
Illinois Community College Plans to Boost Foreign Recruiting