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'Fracking' supporters say Illinois bill ready for vote

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Hydraulic fracturing is a drilling procedure used to pry oil and gas from rock deep underground.

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Supporters of high-volume oil and gas drilling said Wednesday that they hope for a quick vote on a bill to regulate the practice in Illinois after reaching agreements on hiring and environmental concerns. The House bill -- drafted with the help of industry and some environmental groups -- was introduced in February with strong bipartisan support. But it became stalled over an amendment requiring energy companies to hire
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