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Group Calls On State To Jumpstart Fracking

Business and labor leaders in Illinois are calling on state officials to jumpstart the fracking process. Mark Denzler, with the Illinois Manufacturer's Association, says oil companies are starting to pull out because the state has stalled for more than a year on getting the rules in place.

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The state still hasn't approved the rules to oversee the industry and Mike Carrigan with the AFL-CIO, says that's keeping thousands of people out of the workforce.

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The state has stalled on getting the rules in place that will govern the industry, but Denzler says the holdup is keeping farmers and landowners from striking it big.

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The state's Department of Natural Resources is still putting the final touches on the rules that will govern the fracking industry. Based on their original timeline, businesses could've started drilling for oil sometime this summer. Now there's talk that the rules won't be approved until after the November election.

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