SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate on Friday supported a measure to permit and regulate hydraulic fracturing. State Senator Gary Forby (D–Benton), a co-sponsor of the measure, called the proposal a potential economic boon to Southern Illinois.
“This bill is a jobs creator,” Forby said. “Hydraulic fracturing has the potential to add thousands of good-paying, local jobs and provide a needed boost to our economy here in Southern Illinois. Along with the expanding coal industry, this area has the potential to once again be among the energy production leaders in the Midwest.”
“I want to commend Rep. Bradley for his hard work these past several months. He produced a model bill for the rest of the country.”
Senate Bill 1715 was approved by both the House and Senate with bipartisan support and now awaits the governor’s signature.