It has been more than a year since Gov. Quinn signed the Illinois fracking bill. However, the industry continues to wait in limbo for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to approve the final rules. As a result, frustration is growing for communities desperate to bring fracking jobs to southern Illinois.
Many believe the delay is simply Gov. Quinn trying to win votes with left-wing environmentalists in the fall. On Monday, local leaders and industry representatives came together in Marion to urge the state to pick up the pace.
"You had labor, you had business, you had the Farm Bureau, and you had the Sierra Club...The Sierra Club, who all stood together at a press event like this," said Mark Denzler with the Illinois Manufacturers' Association.
"This should be a quick and fairly easy process to move forward," said Jason Keller with the AFL-CIO.
"North Dakota you can't even find people to work at McDonald's anymore just because they're all working in the fracking industry," said Rep. Brandon Phelps. "And we need that here in southern Illinois."
"I don't know of any project that we have ever undertaken that there wasn't some jackass crawl out of the woodwork and oppose it," said Marion Mayor Bob Butler.
The Governor's Office says the hydraulic fracturing rule-making process is on target and will meet the law's deadline of November 15th after the election.