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IDNR approves first hydraulic fracturing permit in Illinois

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WHITE COUNTY -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has approved the first permit to allow high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, in the state of Illinois.

The permit was approved Thursday to Woolsey Energy, based in Wichita, Kansas, for a well site just northwest of Enfield. It's been four years since the state first passed a law to regulate fracking but Woolsey is the first company to apply for a permit.

Environmentalists have raised concerns about fracking in Illinois over water supplies, seismic activity, and public health.

Energy companies argue it's safe and will boost the local economy.

IDNR released a statement Friday:

""On August 31, 2017, the Department's Office of Oil and Gas Resource Management ("OOGRM") completed its review of Woolsey Operating Company, LLC's ("Woolsey") application to perform high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing ("HVHHF") operations on the Woodrow #1H-310408-193 well to be located in White County, IL.  After its review, OOGRM determined that the application meets all of the requirements of the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act ("HFRA") and the Department's HVHHF Rules.  OOGRM is working to compile its Record of Decision and format it for electronic posting.  The Record of Decision will be posted on the Department's website, as required by the HVHHF Rules, as soon as it has been completed."

For a full look at the approval notice, click here.

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