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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday, June 17, creating the nation's strictest regulations for high pressure oil and gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking".

In a news release, Quinn says the law will "unlock the potential" for thousands of jobs in southern Illinois while protecting the environment. According to Quinn, operators will be required to submit pre- and post-fracturing chemical disclosures to the state.  In addition, Illinois will become the only state in the nation to require water testing before and after fracking.

The Department of Natural Resources now must adopt rules to mirror the regulations and hire dozens of new engineers, inspectors and regulators to enforce them.

The law was created with the help of industry and some environmental groups. The unusual collaboration has been touted as a potential model for other states.