House Committee OK's Fracking

An Illinois House committee has OK'd a measure to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in the state.
The House Executive Committee voted 11-0 Tuesday to move to the full House a bill meant to kick-start hydraulic fracturing, "or fracking" in southern Illinois.
The proposal has been described as the strictest in the nation. It outlines rules energy companies would have to follow.
The bill requires that companies disclose fracking chemicals and test water before and after drilling. It also holds them liable for contamination.
The measure's opponents worry it would cause air and water pollution and deplete water resources.
The bill is SB1715.

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