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Southern IL Fracking Hearings Set For December
By AP
CHICAGO, IL - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is scheduling three more public hearings on its proposed regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.  

The DNR originally scheduled two public hearings - Nov. 26 in in Chicago and Dec. 3 in the southern Illinois town of Ina.  

But officials announced Monday that hearings have been added for Dec. 5 in Effingham, Dec. 17 in Decatur and Dec. 19 in Carbondale.

The agency last week published a first draft of the state's first-ever rules to govern the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or ``fracking.''  

Fracking uses a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to crack and hold open thick rock formations, releasing trapped oil and gas  

People also can submit written comments. The DNR will accept feedback until Jan. 3. 

Published 11:10 AM, Wednesday Nov. 20, 2013
Updated 10:17 PM, Wednesday Nov. 20, 2013

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