White County Already Fracking

State records indicate that high-volume oil drilling already has begun in Illinois, even in the absence of regulations.
An energy company submitted a report to the Department of Natural Resources voluntarily disclosing that it used 640,000 gallons of water during hydraulic fracturing — or "fracking" — of a well in White County.
A regulatory bill pending before Illinois lawmakers says using 300,000 gallons or more constitutes high-volume fracking.
Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack rock formations deep underground and release oil and natural gas. Industry says it's safe; opponents fear it'll pollute water.
The Natural Resources Defense Council obtained the report from the state and shared it with The Associated Press.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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