DNR postpones Effingham hearing on fracking regs

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 11:29 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it's postponing a public hearing on proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling because of winter storm warnings.

The meeting initially planned for Thursday night in Effingham instead will be held at Dec. 16 at the Effingham Holiday Inn.

The agency is holding hearings around the state on plans to govern hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." The practice uses a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to crack and hold open rock formations, releasing trapped oil and gas.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed regulations into law earlier this year. The DNR must adopt rules to reflect the law. It's seeking public feedback until Jan. 3.

Supporters say fracking will create thousands of jobs; opponents fear it could pollute water resources.

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