Gov. Quinn Signs Bill Allowing 'Fracking' in Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a bill which will allow Hyrdraulic Fracturing, or 'fracking,' in Illinois. Fracking is the process by which natural gas is extracted through the fracturing of shale rock. The process is controversial, with opponents saying it pollutes groundwater, while proponents say the process is safe.

It's also very profitable. In a news release, the Governor said, " The new law enacts the nation's strongest environmental protections for hydraulic fracturing and has the potential to create thousands of jobs in Southern Illinois," where large amounts of natural gas reserves can be accessed through fracking.  It also holds the potential to add millions of dollars in tax revenue.

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