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GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Stake Out Positions on “Fracking”

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Stake Out Positions on “Fracking”

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If you are against hydraulic fracturing, you may not want to ask for a Republican ballot in the March 18Illinois primary.

“It can be done safely and properly,” said Winnetka-based financier Bruce Rauner, one of the Republican candidates for governor, “and we should not hold back waiting for years to see every possible outcome. We know that it can work. It’s worked in other parts of the nation. It can work in Illinois, and there’s a huge opportunity for us here.”

” Fracking has been taking place throughout this country for a long time, longer than many people realize,” said State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale). “The Sierra Club signed off on the legislation, and they would not do so if they didn’t think that it was safe.”

“I supported the fracking legislation. It was negotiated for a number of years,”said State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). “The Sierra Club and other groups were involved in those negotiations, and, at the end of the day, I think we passed a good law. Now, there is truth in the fact it’s up to the administration and the rules-making process about how that’s going to be implemented.”

Treasurer Dan Rutherford digs deeper into the rules: “Those rules have not been put into the administrative code yet. They’re still going through the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, and my background, having worked on that committee for so many years – I understand the process,” Rutherford said. “The opposition is a part of what you need to deal with when you are dealing in leadership. People are not going to be for everything out there.”

Hydraulic fracturing is used to extract oil and natural gas from bedrock.  Opponents contend the process potentially could contaminate ground water.

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