Illinois came a giant step closer to approving the nation’s strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling on Friday, as lawmakers approved a measure they hoped would create thousands of jobs in economically depressed areas of southern Illinois.
The legislation was crafted with the help of industry and some environmental groups — an unusual collaboration that has been touted as a potential model for other states.
These are tough regulations that are going to protect and preserve our most valuable resources in the state of Illinois and we are going to increase home produced energy in our state in one of the most environmentally friendly ways possible.”
Among the provisions in the proposed legislation are requirements that drillers disclose the chemicals they use and that they test water before and after fracking. Companies also would be liable for any water pollution.