One of the most important issues this election cycle was energy development, especially as it pertains to hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.”
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Because government regulation of oil and natural gas development primarily occurs at the state level, the results of several statewide elections will significantly affect hydraulic fracturing. In some cases, the elections will result in a change of policy; in others they may bring more of the same. Here is a snapshot of some of the likely changes coming for Pennsylvania, Illinois, and New York.