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The Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act

American Chemical Society Chicago Section Public Affairs Meeting.

Speaker: Jennifer Cassel
Attorney, Environmental Law and Policy Center

Abstract: 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.

Free to attend Lecture only @ 8 pm
$37 to attend dinner at 6 pm. Discounts avalable for students.

Please register at Http://

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  • Barbara B.

    Excellent presentation. I just wish there was a way to meet the Meet-Up members who attended .

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Avrom

    Great to see everyone who came out for tonight's

    March 28, 2014

  • Peter K.

    Ugh, last minute work. Why do people show up on Friday with important stuff that can't wait 'till Monday? I wanted to make this, how long is the presentation? I might be able to get there at 9.

    March 28, 2014

  • Avrom

    Looking forward to seeing everyone Friday. Don't forget to registrar on The Chicago ACS page if you plan on coming for dinner.

    March 26, 2014

  • Avrom

    To those interested in the topic of "fracking". Here is a recent Video of a lecture that was held at UofC. Anthony Ingraffea from Cornell
    "on Hydraulic Fracturing's Myths and Realities"

    March 24, 2014

  • Eric J.

    A bit too far for me, unfortunately. Hope to meet up soon!

    March 23, 2014

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