Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year until the start of hydraulic fracturing in the state. 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. No companies have registered to perform hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” since the state started sign-ups last month. The governor signed legislation in July regulating fracking and creating a two-step application process.