SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says a proposal that would establish regulations for high-volume gas and oil drilling is a "jobs bill."
The Chicago Democrat supports a measure that lawmakers introduced last month. It was crafted with the help of the industry and some environmental groups.
Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack open rock formations and release oil and gas. The industry is looking at southern Illinois' New Albany shale. But opponents say Quinn should support a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing because more studies are needed on pollution and health risks.
Quinn delivered his annual budget address before lawmakers on Wednesday.
The bill is HB2615.