Fracking foes cheer Madigan support for moratorium
CHICAGO (AP) — Opponents of high-volume gas and oil drilling are welcoming news that powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan supports a temporary ban on the practice.
The Chicago Democrat said Wednesday that he supports a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, called "fracking," over legislation that would regulate the practice.
Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand and chemicals to break rock formations to release oil and natural gas. Opponents say it causes air and water pollution; industry says it's safe.
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