Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year until the start of hydraulic fracturing in the state.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1aG4YUf ) new state regulations for the practice are nearly complete.
That's according to Marc Miller, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
But Miller says it will take months before permits are issued. That's because the state still needs to hold public hearings and collect comments.