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Little-known panel set to approve key fracking rules

Little-known panel set to approve key fracking rules

After more than two years of hearings, protests and public outcry, the fate of hydraulic fracturing in Illinois comes down to a meeting Thursday of an obscure, stodgy and largely unwatched committee called the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. Barring some last minute hitch, the powerful 12-member committee is expected to greenlight fracking by issuing a "certificate of no objection" to regulations governing the controversial practice of injecting water, sand and chemicals at high pressure deep into rock to unleash oil and gas. The reason: Committee staffers have been meeting behind the scenes for the past three months with interested parties ranging from...

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