Fracking opponents to rally at Illinois Statehouse


Springfield, Ill. (AP) -- Thirteen environmental and citizen groups are planning to converge in Springfield to oppose high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.


Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," plan to hold a rally and meet with Illinois legislators on Tuesday. They're hoping to persuade lawmakers to support a two-year moratorium on the practice.

Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack rock formations to release oil and natural gas.


Some environmental groups joined with industry to help draft a bill that would regulate fracking instead of banning it. Those who helped write the regulations say they would be among the nation's toughest.


But others say the practice should be banned until more research is done on health and environmental effects and until better pollution-control technology is developed.

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