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In this April 10, 2013 photo, the Sweetwater Saloon dominates main street, taking up most of the block in Golconda, Ill. John Towns, owner of the Sweetwater Saloon says oil drilling would not bother him a bit. Southern Illinoisans have hopes and fears surrounding the high-volume oil and gas drilling that may be starting in the Shawnee National Forest. Many people are beginning to brace for change as state lawmakers consider regulations that would allow energy companies to begin drilling deep in the southern Illinois bedrock for oil and natural gas, using a process known as high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” that has transformed the landscape in places like North Dakota and Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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