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Illinois fracking deal could be national model

7:02 PM, Mar. 7, 2013  |  Comments
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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After years of clashing over the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the oil industry and environmentalists have achieved something extraordinary in Illinois: They sat down together to draft regulations both sides could live with.

If approved by lawmakers, participants say, the rules would be the nation's strictest.

The Illinois model might also offer a template to other states seeking to carve out middle ground between energy companies that would like free rein and environmental groups that want to ban the practice entirely.

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