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Comment period ending on Illinois 'fracking' regs

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  • Yard signs to protest the hydraulic fracturing of gas wells are seen at the home of Craig and Julie Sautner in Dimock, Pa.

      Yard signs to protest the hydraulic fracturing of gas wells are seen at the home of Craig and Julie Sautner in Dimock, Pa.
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CARBONDALE -- It's the final day to submit public comment on proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.

Environmentalists say thousands of comments have been submitted about the process known as hydraulic fracturing.

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The Southern Illinoisan reports the final number of written comments will be tallied after the public comment period ends Friday.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will use the comments to evaluate possible rule changes. A panel of legislators will give final approval.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed regulations into law last year that were hailed as among the toughest in the nation.

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

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