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Company Returns Illinois’ First Fracking Permit, Citing ‘Burdensome’ Rules, Commodity Prices

Two months after regulators in Illinois issued the state’s first permit for high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the Kansas-based company that received the permit has returned it, citing “burdensome, time consuming and costly” regulations, but also commodity prices.

Last September, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Office of Oil and Gas Resource Management (OOGRM) awarded a permit to Woolsey Operating Co. LLC to conduct fracking operations at the Woodrow 1H-310408-193 well in White County. The well targeted the Grassy Creek Shale, a member formation of the New Albany Shale in the Illinois Basin.

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