S. Illinois counties seeing first of fracking rush

Associated Press
S. Illinois counties seeing first of fracking rush

FILE - In this May 11, 2012 file photo provided by Len Wells at WFIW News in Fairfield, Ill., Wayne County Clerk Glenda Young, second from right, assists a group of "lease hounds" from Texas as they pore over land records in search of mineral rights holders at the courthouse in Fairfield. Long blessed with some of the Midwest's richest natural resources, southern Illinois counties already have sampled some of the fruits of a land rush linked to a debated drilling practice speculators believe now can tap elusive oil and natural gas deep underground. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of fees have flowed into county coffers by hordes of "land men," often out-of-staters who converged in recent years to scour title records for prime parcels for exploration. (AP Photo/WFIW News, Len Wells, File)

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