The Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act - Jenny Cassel

Created by Josh Kurutz on Mar 25, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014 at Cafe La Cave

Starts at 5:30 PM · Ends on Mar 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

  • Josh Kurutz

When science is put into practice, how does it affect the rest of society? We scientists generally hope that our work benefits the rest of humanty, but in real life there are tradeoffs that involve many different interests. Hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") is one such issue, in which revolutionary technical methods have transformed oil and natural gas extraction with great economic benefit, but which have raised major enviromental concerns. Please join the Chicago ACS at our Public Affairs meeting to discuss this important topic with a legal professional from the field.


In June 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. The law, which was the result of many months of intense negotiations among environmental groups, industry representatives, state agencies and others, includes some of the strongest provisions in the nation to protect against contamination from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Some of those stringent protections are, however, now being put at risk by draft regulations proposed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. In this talk, I will present a background on fracking, elaborate on the process of developing the Act, highlight some of its key provisions, and discuss the ongoing regulatory process and the concerns environmental groups and others have with the regulations as proposed. Finally, I will note some of the important unanswered questions regarding what impacts fracking will have in Illinois once the regulatory process is complete.

5:30 - 7:00 · Social Hour with cash bar
7:00 - 8:00 · Dinner
8:00 -          · General Meeting, including talk


  • Soup of the day
  • Squillo salad with walnuts and cranberries
  • Choice of entree:
    • Breast of chicken combination (sautéed breast of chicken with fresh mushrooms & shallots with a sherry cream sauce and sautéed breast of chicken with shiitake mushrooms with a marsala wine sauce)
    • Seared salmon with a ginger sauce
    • Vegetarian spinach & feta pastry puff
  • Anna potatoes, medley of fresh vegetables
  • Chef selection dessert


Jenny Cassel is a staff attorney at the Environmental Law and Policy Center, where she works on Clean Air litigation and policy advocacy challenging coal plants, policy advocacy concerning hydraulic fracturing, and other litigation and policy issues. She previously worked as an associate at the Jenner & Block law firm in the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law Practice Group.


Ms. Cassel earned her B.A. in International Studies, with general and departmental honors and Phi Beta Kappa, in 2000 from Vassar College. She was awarded the Vassar Maguire Fellowship in 2000 and 2001 for study in Mexico. Ms. Cassel received her M.S. in anthropology from the Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico, in 2004, where she was valedictorian of her Masters program. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 2008, where she served as an executive articles editor for the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights and as a student attorney with the Bluhm legal clinic. During law school, Ms. Cassel also served as a teaching assistant for Richard J. Hoskins in civil procedure and interned at the Environmental Law and Policy Center.


Ms. Cassel is a member of the Illinois Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois.



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