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Illinois Court Upholds Fracking Rules

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A fracking operation at work.

An Illinois appeals court has upheld the state's rules for the high-volume oil and gas drilling technique known as fracking.

The appellate court sided with a Madison County judge who rejected an environmental group's legal challenge.  Seven landowners and the group “Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment” had sought a preliminary injunction to prevent the rules from being implemented.

Fracking generally uses a mixture of water, chemicals, and sand to crack rock formations deep underground and release trapped oil and gas.

Opponents fear it can cause air and water pollution and health problems, but the industry contends the technique is safe.