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Illinois Receives First Fracking Permit

Illinois Receives First Fracking Permit

Illinois Receives First Fracking Permit

In a move that has been in the works since former governor Pat Quinn signed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act over four years ago, Illinois received its first fracking permit this week.

Fracking is a hydraulic form of extracting natural gas, petroleum and brine. By injecting fracking fluid into cracks of deep-rock formations the fracking machines can extract those natural resources.

Quinn signing the controversial oil-drilling practice all of those years ago have caused some, well, controversy. On the pro-side is people who think the natural resources will go to good use and in the meantime provide people with good jobs. On the con side there are many people who think this technique is harmful to the environment. Members of the Southern Illinoisans against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE) for example.

This permit gives the Kansas based Woolsey Operating Company, the authority to build a well and begin fracking as soon as possible. The new well will be in Southern Illinois just north of Enfield in White County.