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Fifth Illinois County Supports 'Fracking' Moratorium

VIENNA, Ill. (AP) - The Johnson County Board of Commissioners has passed a resolution supporting a statewide moratorium on high-volume oil and gas drilling.

Board Chairman Jeff Mears says commissioners voted 2-1 on Monday to support a one-year pause before hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," begins. He says residents need more time to learn about it and county officials want to prepare for the affect infrastructure, such as roads.

Officials in Hardin, Jackson, Pope and Union also support a moratorium.

Bills calling for a 2-year moratorium have stalled in the House and Senate. Another bill to regulate fracking has received widespread lawmaker support.

Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack rock formations and release oil and natural gas. Supporters say it'll create thousands of jobs. Opponents worry about pollution.

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