Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year before the process of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is conducted in the state.
The Springfield State Journal reports the new state regulations for the practice are nearly complete.
Marc Miller, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, says it will take months before permits are issued. That's because the state still needs to hold public hearings.
Miller says no companies have registered to conduct fracking since the state started sign-ups last month.
Fracking uses a high-pressure mixture of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack underground rock formations and release oil and natural gas.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials say the number of deer that have died from a viral disease spread by biting gnats has fallen dramatically this year.
In a news release, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources reports that through the end of September, 403 deer died as a result of what is called Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or EHD. That compares to more than 2,000 probable EHD deaths for the same period last year.
Also, the number of counties where EHD has been reported has dropped from 76 counties during the first nine months of last year to 51 counties for the period this year. Officials say they believe the exposure to EHD last year has made deer populations more resistant to the disease this year.