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Friction Over Fracking Continues In Illinois

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)
The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.

Dozens of environmentalists and land owners are meeting with lawmakers in Springfield hoping to persuade them to temporarily ban high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.
 
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," held a rally and lobbied Illinois legislators yesterday. They're hoping to win support for a two-year moratorium on the practice instead of regulations that would allow it.
 
Fracking opponents say they were ignored during negotiations over a regulatory bill, which proponents say would give Illinois the nation's toughest regulations.
 
 Protesters say they fear the water around their southern Illinois homes could be polluted by the practice.
 
Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack rock formations to release oil and natural gas.