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AER calls itself a regulator? A law enforcer? Legally immune, grossly over paid, law-violating scaredy-cat more like it. AER backtracks again, to keep angry oil patch execs and banks happy.

Oil patch relieved as AER signals it will assess deals on a case-by-case basis by Geoffrey Morgan, June 27, 2016, Financial Post Explorers and Producers Association of Canada president Gary Leach said he was relieved the regulator had listened to … Continue reading

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California: Another new study proving oil and gas companies are fracing freshwater formations: “As many as one of every five oil and gas projects occurs in underground sources of fresh water”

In California, Study Finds Drilling and Fracking into Freshwater Formations, The overlap of oil and gas development and water sources underscores the vulnerability of California’s groundwater, and the need for monitoring, the authors said by Neela Banerjee, June 27, 2016, … Continue reading

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Court hearing today: CNRL to pay $500,000 for breaking the law ($425,000 to be given to U of C, how’s that for Synergy Alberta control?). Encana gets fined nothing for breaking the law frac’ing Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers; regulators get fined nothing for fraudulently covering up for Encana

Oilsands giant CNRL fined $500K for hydrogen sulphide gas leaks by Emily Mertz with files from John Cotter, June 24, 2016, Global News Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. will have to pay $500,000 for releasing a potentially deadly gas in two separate … Continue reading

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Want “Frack Master” to write free for your Canadian magazine? SEC: Frack Master (CEO Breitling Energy, Chris Faulkner et al) $80 Million Mass Fraud Funded ‘Lifestyle Of Decadence And Debauchery’

SEC: Fracking CEO’s Mass Fraud Funded ‘Lifestyle Of Decadence And Debauchery’ by Allegra Kirkland, June 24, 2016, Talkingpointsmemo A Texas energy mogul known in the media as the “frack master” allegedly carried out an elaborate $80 million fraud scheme to fund … Continue reading

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Sussex wants New Brunswick government to lift fracking ban: “there just have been no issues what so ever”

Sussex hopes New Brunswick government will lift fracking ban for community by Andrew Cromwell, June 24, 2016, Global News The government of New Brunswick says it’s willing to work with the town of Sussex about potentially lifting the fracking moratorium … Continue reading

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Germany voted today to ban commercial fracking of unconventional resources, including CBM and shale gas, “until further notice.” Conventional fracking is allowed to continue.

Germany imposed limits on fracking on Friday, dealing a blow to efforts to develop shale gas by Caroline Copley and Vera Eckert, June 24, 2016, Reuters Under legislation passed by its lower house of parliament, fracking will be banned in clay … Continue reading

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Just more AER hot air or a slick devious plan? Alberta looks at different ways of making sure companies clean up old wells (Who is to fix the aquifers Encana frac’d?), AER warns it could go after directors & executives to ensure proper reclamation

Alberta Energy Regulator tries to stem tide of orphan wells, It just got harder to buy oil and gas assets in Alberta by Tracy Johnson, June 21, 2016, CBC News With little fanfare, the Alberta Energy Regulator has tightened up the rules … Continue reading

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Bravo Julien Villeneuve & citizens who stood with integrity! Montreal bylaw restricting protests ruled unconstitutional, Quebec Superior Court judge invalidates key sections of bylaw P6

BREAKING: Montreal bylaw restricting protests ruled unconstitutional Quebec Superior Court judge invalidates key sections of bylaw P6 by Ethan Cox, June 22, 2016, ricochet media Since 2012’s student strike, Montreal police have been using a bylaw called P6 to shut down … Continue reading

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Live radio interviews too raw, too honest, too powerful? Bell Media’s CFAX 1070 in Victoria, BC, terminates talk show host Ian Jessop

Un autre journaliste gênant flushé! Translation of Talk Show Host Ian Jessop Out at C-FAX 1070 (Original in English included below) by Amie du Richelieu, June 23, 2016 I listened to Ian Jessop for his interviews with Jessica Ernst: it was one … Continue reading

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Colorado regulators find leaking methane and VOC violations at 10 companies, Encana included

Colo. regulators find methane violations at 10 companies by Gayathri Vaidyanathan, June 22, 2016, E & E News Colorado regulators have issued warnings to 10 energy companies that operate in the Denver-Julesburg Basin for emitting methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and … Continue reading

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UPDATED with the small print – it’s not a ban, it’s a partial moratorium: “German government agrees to ban fracking indefinitely”

Reportedly, the German Government (SPD and CDU) is caving to the oil and gas industry and will vote June 24, 2016 on the legal framework of the partial frac “ban” that is not a ban: The ban is not a … Continue reading

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In the Birthplace of U.S. Oil, Methane Gas Is Leaking Everywhere

In the Birthplace of U.S. Oil, Methane Gas Is Leaking Everywhere by Jennifer Oldham, June 20, 2016, Bloomberg Some wells sunk since 1859 leak methane into homes and water “Citizen scientists” join regulators in race to map lost sites In Pennsylvania, … Continue reading

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All part of the decades-long plan to hang big oil’s housekeepping on ordinary families while companies run for the hills? Oil bust [Or greed & corruption?] leaves states with massive well cleanup

Oil bust [Or greed & corruption?] leaves states with massive well cleanup by Paul J. Weber, June 19, 2016, Associated Press BIGFOOT, Texas – The worst oil bust since the 1980s is putting Texas and other oil producing states on the hook … Continue reading

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UPDATED: New Alberta judges will help ease burden in the court system, justice minister, but courts still short six judges because of vacancies

A good start on making judges more diverse, The Trudeau government has made a solid start towards making Canada’s judges more reflective of the population as a whole by Toronto Star, June 22, 2016 The Trudeau government has made a solid … Continue reading

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Keep Out! 60 Minutes story on George Bender and Coalseam Gas (CBM) Fracking in Queensland Australia

“It’s not a farm any more, it’s a gas field.” Keep Out by 60 Minutes, aired June 19, 2016 (available online for Australians June 20, 2016; perhaps it will be youtubed for the many concerned around the world) What would … Continue reading

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“A New Step Forward!” Quebec introduces draconian oil & gas bill to give companies more rights than property owners, Days later authorizes Petrolia Inc to frack Anticosti: “This resounding success on the regulatory front is essentially due to the work of Petrolia, accompanied by the experts at SNC-Lavalin….”

Petrolia Inc./Issuance of Certificate of Authorization for Anticosti: A New Step Forward! Press Release by Petrolia Inc., June 15, 2016 QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – June 15, 2016) – This document corrects and replaces the press release that was sent on June … Continue reading

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Ninety-nine problems: Supreme Court of Canada denies leave to appeal Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Midwest Properties Ltd. v. Thordarson, Risk of environmental spill liability remains for Ontario officers and directors

Supreme Court of Canada Docket for John Thordarson, et al. v. Midwest Properties Ltd. 2016-05-26 Decision on the application for leave to appeal, Abe Ka Br, The application for leave to appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeal for … Continue reading

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UPDATED The Frac Fraud Rages on and on: Voyles Lawsuit in Pennsylvania accuses Range Resources *and* lab, TestAmerica, of doctoring water test results

Range Resources, TestAmerica accused of fraud in suit by David Singer, June 16, 2016, Observer-Reporter A lab company Range Resources hired to test water in 2011 that federal authorities later found to be contaminated in Amwell Township is being accused in … Continue reading

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The Most Horrific Frac Deregulation Yet? US EPA preparing for “widespread” radioactive frac waste contamination of drinking water or because it’s already happened? EPA’s proposed “protective regulation” to allow dramatically higher levels of radioactivity in drinking water

Watch Out for a Possible Increase in Radioactivity in Your Drinking Water by Mark Karlin, June 16, 2016, Buzzflash at Truthout … The advocacy organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has reacted with alarm to the new plan put … Continue reading

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Air Monitoring & Biomonitoring finds Industry’s Natural Gas is not “Clean” and “Safe.” Toxic Chemicals Linked To Natural Gas Operations Detected In Pavillion, WY Residents

Study Finds Chemicals In Residents Living Near Gas Wells by Sydney Pereira, June 16, 2016, Common Dreams The Colorado Supreme Court has struck down attempts by two cities to ban or delay fracking. The Monday, May 2, 2016, ruling is a … Continue reading

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2016 Winner Jackman Award for Excellence: Telegraph-Journal for Tracking Daycare Deficiencies. The Tyee was Nominated, Recognizing Andrew Nikiforuk’s reporting on fracking

2016 CJF Jackman Award for Excellence Winner is the Telegraph-Journal for Tracking Daycare Deficiencies 2016 CJF Awards Sold Out! The Tyee (Vancouver based) “Did Alberta Just Break a Fracking Earthquake World Record?“ “Fracking Industry Has Changed Earthquake Patterns in Northeast … Continue reading

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Frac Fraud & Quashing Freedom of Expression Spreads from Alberta Across the Atlantic? UK fracking policy founded on scientific fraud, misrepresentation and prevarication; Pressure mounts over ‘suppression’ of UK frack impacts report, Govt accused of sitting on potentially explosive report from its official advisers. Sound Familiar? Glasgow University slated for ‘silencing’ fracking critic

UK fracking policy founded on scientific fraud, misrepresentation and prevarication by Nick Cowern, June 15, 2016, The Ecologist The key study that justifies the Government’s claim that fracking is a climate change ‘solution’ is based on serious scientific errors, writes Nick … Continue reading

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UPDATED Huron County Commissioners! Vote 7-0, pass resolution to officially say absolutely no fracking: “Huron County Board of Commissioners opposes fracking in Huron County and the state of Michigan and begs our representatives to recognize the risks of fracking and outlaw this dangerous practice before a catastrophic event occurs.”

Why are these commissioners not concerned with how to define fracing like the Nova Scotia government is? Fracking continues to scare local leaders by Chris Aldridge, May 19, 2016, Huron Daily Tribune Fracking isn’t going over well with Huron County … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia government still can’t define fracing! Delays on NS frack regulations could be political, Heavily redacted documents show options being presented to government behind the scenes

Delays on Nova Scotia fracking regulations could be political, Documents show options being presented to government behind the scenes by Michael Gorman, June 15, 2016, CBC News [CBC not allowing comments to frac articles anymore? Too much truth for Harper appointees … Continue reading

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UK fracking firm plans to dump likely radioactive frac waste into the sea, Ineos company emails reveal huge amounts of frac waste need to be dumped, Legal update from Tina Louise, Opposition to UK fracking plans swells, Local democracy at stake

2013 07 08: Radium 226 was found in returned fracking fluids at Preese Hall, Lancashire: Radium 226 was the highest naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) found in the flow back water from the Bowland shale measuring between 14 and 90 Becquerel … Continue reading

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Dimock landowners slam Cabot’s attempt to upend $4.2 Million Jury verdict: “Cabot was ‘smarting from a humiliating defeat'”

Cabot Oil Can’t Nix $4M Pollution Verdict, Pa. Families Say by Brian Amaral, June 14, 2016, Law360 Boston — Two Pennsylvania families who say Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.’s natural gas drilling in Susquehanna County contaminated their groundwater blasted the company’s efforts … Continue reading

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Will waste water kill fracing? EPA bans disposal of frac waste at public treatment plants. Injecting it causes seismicity, recycling it is costly, using it to irrigate and landspraying it contaminates food, dumping it into waterways kills fish, pits filled with it leak, breathing it in aerosols corrodes lungs. What will companies do with it?

EPA bans disposal of fracking waste water at public treatment plants by Jon Hurdle, June 14, 2016, State Impact The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has banned the disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste water at public sewage plants, formalizing a voluntary … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Elevated Cancer risks surround oil & gas drilling. Fracking is bad for your health says Israel Health Ministry official; Frac flowback stage causes greatest air pollution; WORLD-WIDE STUDY: One in three strokes caused by air pollution

[ 2015 05 01: Fracing’s long reach: New Study says Fracking Wells Could Pollute The Air Hundreds Of Miles Away ] Elevated cancer risks surround oil and gas drilling — report by Umair Irfan, June 15, 2016, E&E News More than 200 counties … Continue reading

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ConocoPhillips pipeline spills 380,000 litres condensate into creek 5 km from grizzly bear protection area 65 km NE Grand Cache Alberta; “Visible as a sheen on the surface of the unnamed creek for about 4.5 kilometres below the leak”

2016 01: Ernst vs AER Supreme Court of Canada hearing followed by 4.8M quake in AER’s Immoral Blanket Approval Fox Creek Frac Experiment Gone Wild, felt 280 km away Pipeline leak fouls creek near grizzly protection area in northwestern Alberta … Continue reading

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“Prosperous” Greedy Alberta: Bankrupt energy firms add to abandoned well problems, Nearly 150,000 oil wells are inactive or abandoned

Bankrupt energy firms add to Alberta’s abandoned well problems, Nearly 150,000 oil wells in the province are inactive or abandoned by Tracy Johnson, Business reporter, June 14, 2016, CBC News Tony Bruder lives in one of the most beautiful parts of Canada, the … Continue reading

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Alberta Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd deflecting the known frac risks and harms? Says “fracking affects regions differently,” wants to “wait until we get the science going” before making any decisions even though the science on fracing is already in.

Christopher Adams is an intern with the National Observer and freelance reporter who covers climate change and environmental issues in Alberta and Western Canada. A recent graduate from the University of Calgary with a degree in political science, his reporting … Continue reading

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BP to Pay $175 Million to settle claims to US investors that “its managers lied about” size of 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill; Current Encana CEO Doug Suttles was one of those managers

BP to Pay $175 Million to Settle Claims It Hid Spill Size by Margaret Cronin Fisk and Laurel Brubaker Calkins, June 2, 2016, Bloomberg BP Plc said it agreed to pay $175 million to settle claims by U.S. investors that its managers … Continue reading

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Mother bankrupt, heartbroken after fight for police accountability in son’s death, 2013 Supreme Court of Canada decision means police can no longer consult lawyer before turning in notes, legal fight left mother devastated: “Because (the government) doesn’t do their job, they destroy people. They have completely financially destroyed me”

Mother bankrupt, heartbroken after fight for police accountability in son’s death, 2013 Supreme Court of Canada decision means that police can no longer consult with a lawyer before turning in their notes, but fight left mother devastated by Jacques Gallant, June … Continue reading

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Meet Alberta’s Radioactive Ranchers: Nielle and Howard Hawkwood. Timing is everything. Why did AIMCo (ATB/Heritage Fund connected) announce $200 Million (bailout?) investment in “Quite leveraged” Calfrac on same day NDP Rural Caucus try to get Nielle Hawkwood’s frac ban resolution on floor of NDP’s Annual Convention?

Because of Andrew Nikiforuk’s article (included below) published early morning June 11 on Hawkwoods being poisoned? Snap from live feed at CBC article On June 10, 2016, the frac ban resolution was put to the very bottom of the list … Continue reading

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West Virginia: Judge rules Fayette County’s ordinance banning frac waste is invalid

Judge rules Fayette fracking ban invalid by Sarah Plummer, June 11, 2016, Register-Herald CHARLESTON — A federal judge ruled Friday that Fayette County’s ordinance banning fracking waste disposal is invalid because such regulations are pre-empted by state and federal law. … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Senate Passes 10-Year Moratorium on Fracking and Disposal of Frac Wastewater in the Commonwealth. Senate President: “Fracking releases harmful chemicals into our air while contaminating fresh groundwater, causing seismic events, flaring methane and severely harming public health.”

Mass. Senate Passes 10-Year Fracking Moratorium Press Release by Environment America, June 10, 2016 Boston, MA. – The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill yesterday to place a ten-year moratorium on fracking and the disposal of fracking wastewater in the Commonwealth. “Across the … Continue reading

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Three legislative proposals now in Republic of Ireland to ban Fracking: Tony McLoughlin tables private members bill: “To protect Ireland’s onshore and internal waters, our climate and, as such, Irish citizens’ public health from the damaging effects of exploration and extraction of onshore petroleum.”

TD Tony McLoughlin’s Bill is the third legislative proposal before the Republic of Ireland to ban fracking, the previous two: Private Members Bill by Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP): The Prohibition of Hydraulic Fracturing Bill 2015; A bill to ban the … Continue reading

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Pinellas County Florida unanimously votes to ban fracking; Cites harm to environment, air pollution, damage to Floridan Aquifer, health problems as main reasons

Fracking to be banned in Pinellas County after unanimous vote by WFTS Webteam, June 8, 2016, ABCactionnews PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – The collection of gas and oil resources by means of fracking is set to be officially banned in Pinellas County after … Continue reading

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Fouth county in Calfornia bans fracking: Ban passes with overwhelming 71 percent.”When our Governor and local elected officials fail to act, voters are taking the initiative at the ballot box to protect their health and their water from fracking”

Anti-Fracking Momentum Grows with Another People’s Victory in California, Measure E passed with an overwhelming 71 percent, making Butte County the fourth in the state to ban fracking by Lauren McCauley, June 8, 2016, Common Dreams Notching another victory for the growing … Continue reading

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BC Frac Waste Injection Gone Awry? Toxic Landslides Raise Alarms about Fracking, Site C, Almost two years after slides began carrying heavy metals into creeks, few answers

Toxic Landslides Raise Alarms about Fracking, Site C, Almost two years after slides began carrying heavy metals into creeks, few answers by Ben Parfitt, June 8, 2016, TheTyee.ca Toxic heavy metals including arsenic, barium, cadmium, lithium, and lead are flowing into the … Continue reading

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Whistleblower: High Ranking EPA Official Covered Up Methane Leakage Problems Across US Natural Gas Industry; Inspector General called to investigate scientific fraud risking safety of workers, communities

Whistleblower: EPA Official Covered Up Methane Leakage Problems Across US Natural Gas Industry News Release by NC WARN, June 8, 2016 Inspector General called to investigate scientific fraud that wasted crucial years in slowing climate crisis while risking safety of workers, … Continue reading

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UPDATED Is Aqua America trying to cover-up frac contamination with chlorine? Chisholm Springs (community in Barnett Shale) drinking water making residents sick, burning skin, pleas for help go unheeded just like in every toxic frac field, including in Alberta. Will oil & gas companies fully disclose all drilling, cementing, perforating, fracing, servicing chemicals, including trade secrets, so that Aqua America can properly test the water?

Video at link: Water complaints pour in from Barnett Shale region WATER SUPPLIER AND STATE OF TEXAS SAY THE WATER MEETS STANDARDS; RESIDENTS INVITE THEM TO COME DRINK IT by Brett Shipp, June 2, 2016, WFAA8 WISE COUNTY, Texas – Dirty, smelly, foul-tasting … Continue reading

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Federal Justice Donald Rennie: “Protection of the environment is, unequivocally, a legitimate use of the criminal law purpose.” Tarsands giant Syncrude loses court fight against rules

Oilsands giant Syncrude loses court fight against rules on renewable diesel by Bob Webber, The Canadian Press, June 5, 2016, Calgary Herald OTTAWA – Syncrude has lost its court battle against federal rules on renewable diesel in a case that … Continue reading

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Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin: Canada has “Cadillac justice for the elite and large corporations”

‘Canadian society today is a more just society than it once was,’ top judge says, Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin delivers a wide-ranging speech pegged to Canada’s 150th birthday next year by Tonda MacCharles, June 3, 2016, northbaynipissing.com Canada’s top … Continue reading

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Alberta Literary Award Winner: Andrew Nikiforuk’s Slick Water wins Wilfred Eggleston Award for Nonfiction

Slick Water is a true-life noir filled with corruption, incompetence, and, ultimately, courage. It is a deeply informative, disturbing, and important book. -Elizabeth Kolbert, 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winning author of The Sixth Extinction  2016 Alberta Literary Award Winners Announced by Ellen … Continue reading

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Danger Below? New Properties Hide Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells

Danger Below? New Properties Hide Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells by Stephanie Joyce, May 30, 2016, NPR In 2007, Rick Kinder was working for a contractor, building a house in southern Colorado. The workers had just finished putting in all … Continue reading

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Federal Public Health Agency Contradicts EPA On Water Contamination In Dimock

2016 03 10: Jury awards two Dimock Twp. families $4.24 million after Cabot offered a few thousand to Gag & Settle; Cabot plans appeal alleging ‘improper conduct’ by the families’ lawyer 2016 04 06: Cabot Appeals ‘Grossly Excessive’ Damages in … Continue reading

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B.C. ‘enhances’ earthquake monitoring at oil & gas wells after last year’s fracking shake, 4.6 quake last year largest on record in B.C.; 4.8 on day of Ernst vs AER hearing at Supreme Court of Canada largest in Alberta so far

B.C. ‘enhances’ earthquake monitoring at oil & gas wells after last year’s fracking shake, 4.6 quake last year largest on record in B.C. by Dawson Creek Mirror News, June 2, 2016 B.C.’s oil and gas regulator is stepping up monitoring of … Continue reading

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Synergy Alberta’s brainwashing works wonders: Survey suggests Calgarians rate oil and gas more important than water

The results BC Canadian Water Attitudes Study by RBC Blue Water Project, May 2016 Most Canadians take water for granted. We think we have lots of it and it will always be there. So in 2008, RBC started polling Canadians about … Continue reading

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Calgary company LGX Oil & Gas blames order protecting sage grouse for company’s debt problems and demise

Calgary oil and gas company blames order protecting sage grouse for company’s demise by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press, June 2, 2016, Calgary Herald A junior oil and gas company in Calgary is blaming an order aimed at protecting a … Continue reading

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