State Hires Employees For Hydraulic Fracturing Compromise

July 09, 2014

In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker watches over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. oil well, near Mead, Colo.

(Brennan Linsley/AP)

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has hired just four of 53 new employees it says it needs to oversee a much praised compromise on regulating hydraulic fracturing.

The agency has come under increasing criticism from ``fracking'' supporters who had hoped that high-volume oil and gas drilling could begin this summer. 

They say the agency should have finished writing rules to implement the state's year-old fracking law. But the agency doesn't yet have enough experts to issue permits, inspect wells and perform other tasks associated with the anticipated influx of drilling activity. 

DNR Director Marc Miller says the agency is making good progress, and will meet a Nov. 15 deadline. He says 23 jobs are posted, and the agency should have 15 people on board by the end of July.

Story source: AP

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