A groundbreaking deal to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois cleared a top House committee in May, setting up a floor vote on a measure that supporters say would bring tens of thousands of jobs to struggling areas in the southern part of the state.
The House Executive Committee nanimously voted to send the full House a legislative proposal meant to regulate hydraulic fracturing.
It’s not yet clear when the Senate would take up the measure after the House vote.
Proponents have said the bill, negotiated with the help of industry and environmental groups, would establish the nation’s strictest fracking regulations. Critics fear that the regulations still won’t prevent water pollution and favor a fracking moratorium.
Rep. John Bradley, the Democrat who sponsored the bill, labeled the agreement among stakeholders as historic before the committee approved the measure 11-0.
He said its safety and environmental protections are unprecedented.
The Senate is expected to pass the bill.