Public Comments On Fracking Still Open

While the public meetings have ended, there's still time to submit public comments on proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will take written comments through Jan. 3.

More than 2,750 written comments have been submitted. The department held the last of five public hearings last week on the proposed rules to regulate the oil and gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

About 250 people attended the last meeting in Carbondale.

The agency will use the comments to evaluate possible rule changes. A panel of legislators will give final approval.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed regulations into law earlier this year.

Supporters say fracking will create thousands of jobs. Opponents fear it could pollute water resources.

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

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