If poring over draft fracking regulations is your cup of tea, then we've got a big steaming teapot for you.
California and Illinois both proposed rules governing hydraulic fracturing on Friday, after their governors signed bills requiring them earlier this year. A quick read of the tea leaves suggests that frackers are going to continue plundering Illinois with little thought given to environmental impacts. Frackers operating in California, however, will need to abide by some tough new regulations -- but not tough enough to mollify environmentalists, who continue to call for a fracking moratorium in the Golden State.
Let's look at Illinois first. "The new rules will include requirements that oil and gas companies test water before, during and after drilling, and hold them liable if contamination is found after drilling begins," the Associated Press reports. But that's not good enough, greens say.