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Legislative briefs: Bill paves way for fracking permits

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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 10:16 pm

The state Senate has given preliminary approval to legislation to prepare issuing permits for underground natural gas exploration.

The bill approved 38-10 Tuesday authorizes regulators to issue horizontal drilling and fracking permits starting in March 2015. That’s five months after a regulatory commission is expected to finalize rules governing the drilling. The General Assembly authorized fracking in 2012 but said permits couldn’t be issued without the express consent of legislators.

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