(Springfield) The Illinois House passed legislation on Thursday that would regulate horizontal hydraulic fracturing in the state in a 108 to 9 vote.
The legislation now moves to the Senate, the final hurdle for the bill before it reaches Governor Pat Quinn, who urged the Senate to send the bill to his desk "as soon as possible."
State Representative Mike Bost of Murphysboro says legislators did a great job in crafting the bill.
Bost says this bill is definitely needed.
Fracking is an energy drilling process that uses large amounts of fluid under high-pressure to force to the surface oil and gas that is trapped under the ground.
Under the legislation, companies who wish to "frack" for oil and gas in Illinois will be subjected to some of the toughest disclosure laws in the country.
The State is preparing itself for a potential oil boom.
Proponents say fracking will bring jobs, tax dollars and investment to parts of Illinois that desperately need them and that the drilling can be done safely.
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