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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, Ill. The land rush is linked to a drilling method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that uses water, sand and chemicals to crack open shale to free oil and gas. State lawmakers and industry and agriculture environmentalists are negotiating a proposed bill that could establish the state's first fracking regulations. AP Photo

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