DNR adds public hearings on Ill. 'fracking' rules
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is scheduling three more public hearings on its proposed regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.
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
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.
People also can submit written comments. The DNR will accept feedback until Jan. 3.