Fracking Proponents Receive Legal Boost
As the state continues to travel down the long road to fracking, the industry received a boost from a Madison County judge on Nov. 21, who ruled against a lawsuit introduced by some southern Illinois landowners seeking to slow down the implementation process of the state’s fracking regulations.
Fracking, which is shorthand for high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, is a process that injects water, sand, and chemicals into oil wells to help release additional oil deposits for extraction. Supporters say fracking could lead to a new energy boom in Illinois, and lead to massive economic growth for the entire state. However, opponents argue that the process isn’t well understood and could lead to significant environmental problems.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources can now move forward with the first stages of the permitting process.