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Update on Journey Energy Inc.’s Crude Oil Spill into Creek Near Winfield that Went Undetected for 3 Weeks, “Dozens of animals were later found dead”
Small pipeline spill went undetected for three weeks by Reid Southwick, July 13, 2017, Calgary Herald A small pipeline spill that sent crude oil into a creek and beaver ponds southwest of Edmonton, where dozens of animals were later found dead, went … Continue reading
Encana named in 3 lawsuits by 2 California counties and 1 city claiming damages, that Encana and other companies deliberately presented misinformation about climate change and hindered action to address it
Regina researcher part of new study that shows it’s ‘virtually impossible’ to dispute climate change, New database shows temperature records going back as far as 2,000 years by Stephanie Taylor, CBC News, Jul 16, 2017 A Regina-based researcher is one of nearly … Continue reading
Alberta Pipelines: Here a spill, there a spill, everywhere a spill spill; Energy Minister McQuaig-Boyd says pipeline network safe & fine
AER & Oil and Gas Industry Gas Migration Negligence? Medicine Hat Explosion Kills One, Destroys One Home, Extensively Damages Two Others
When will the AER show diligence and respect to public health and safety, and release their unreleased urban industry gas migration problem (including under the new Calgary Airport Terminal!) report that Andrew Nikiforuk reported on that no other media did? … Continue reading
“Holy Hell! I totally disagree that the industry should be involved at all in determining the level of any cash fines!!!!” Environment groups wait for charges in year-old Husky oil spill in Saskatchewan. No charges were laid against Encana for breaking the law in Alberta and contaminating a community’s drinking water supply. It’s highly doubtful Big Oil Buddy Brad Wall will allow charges against Husky, no matter how bad the behaviour or pollution
Geoscience BC: Industry Money Thieving Scheme? Propaganda Puff Piece: Scientists focus on hydraulic fracking fallout in B.C.
Puff piece on Geoscience BC below. A few financial tidbits about Geoscience BC first: Geo”science” BC Geoscience BC is an independent, non-profit organization that generates earth science in collaboration with First Nations, local communities, governments, academia and the resource sector. Our … Continue reading
A North American court upholds the law to protect lands, drinking water from oil & gas industry. In Significant Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law
In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law by theindigenousamericans_6i2sru, July 16, 2017, The Indigenous America Ruling: Trump administration shortcut environmental review; Court seeks additional briefing on whether to shut down … Continue reading
In Canada too? US EPA: “Salt water intrusion affecting the inland part of the United States is largely due to oil exploration.”
Salt Water Intrusion in the United States by Bob D. Newport and Robert S. Kerr, 1977, US EPA ABSTRACT Salt water intrusion, from one or more sources outlined in this report, has resulted in degradation of subsurface fresh water aquifers in … Continue reading
Arthur Berman: The Shale Gas Revolution Is A Media Myth. Big banks are catching on. Will investors too?
It’s gas, not renewables, that is pushing up electricity prices, report finds by Peter Martin, July 14, 2017, The future of energy in Australia Coal has dominated the National Energy Market, but the closure of Hazelwood power station heralds a potential transition … Continue reading
Cumulative impacts from too much toxic oilfield waste dumped in water bodies, “spread” on pastures, cropland and roads? Over 200 cattle found dead in SW Saskatchewan pasture; Tests found 24,000 mg/l sulphate & 33,400 mg/l dissolved solids in dugout water. Chief veterinary officer suggests lack of rain & evaporation to blame
Read first: 2017 07 17: US EPA: “Salt water intrusion affecting the inland part of the United States is largely due to oil exploration.” Cattle found dead on Saskatchewan pasture drank toxic water, tests confirm by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian … Continue reading
4.2M earthquake rattles Oklahoma state-wide, Felt also in western Arkansas & Wichita, Kansas, Numerous aftershocks. Mitigation obviously not working. Waste disposal in the Area of Interest had previously been sharply reduced, with no new drilling or fracking
4.2 Magnitude Quake, Aftershocks Rattle Residents Across Oklahoma by Matthew Nuttle, July 14, 2017, News9 LINCOLN COUNTY, Oklahoma – An earthquake centered in Lincoln County jolted residents across Oklahoma, Friday morning. The 4.2 magnitude temblor was struck at approximately 8:47 … Continue reading
“Do you believe that you, as a Canadian, have the right to be presumed innocent, until proven guilty, as well as the right to a fair and quick trial?” On Khadr, Trudeau says Charter protects all Canadians, “There is no picking and choosing,” Did Supreme Court of Canada pick & choose when it ruled Ernst can’t sue for her valid Charter claim against AER after the regulator judged her guilty & punished her without a trial and without any evidence?
Warning: Swearing Ahead: Viral Facebook Post Rips Right-Wing Arguments Against Omar Khadr Settlement, “Do you believe that you, as a Canadian, have the right to be presumed innocent, until proven guilty, as well as the right to a fair and … Continue reading
Alberta ‘sunshine’ list partly cloudy; It pays well to lie & deregulate: AER CEO Jim Ellis pay & benefits: $737,060 in 2016, $621,680.71 in 2015
Government ‘sunshine’ list is partly cloudy by Janet French, July 12, 2017, Edmonton Journal in Calgary Herald Alberta’s sunshine lists look straightforward — they outline the names of top earning employees, their role, their salary and the cost of any … Continue reading
Large-scale battery storage to transform Australian renewable energy, The world’s largest lithium-ion battery to be installed in South Australia by the end of 2017 will transform and fast track reliable renewable energy in Australia by Dr Alex Wonhas, July 11, … Continue reading
London Bridge is Falling Down, Falling Down, Falling Down. London Bridge is Falling Down, All Because of Fracking!
A home at 2900 Balmoral, in the Fairfax Estates addition, had a chimney collapse from a 4.3 earthquake that hit Edmond at 5:39 am Tuesday, December 29, 2015. Photo By Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman 2017 06 21: Texas: New Study … Continue reading
Andrew Nikiforuk on Denman Island July 16, 2017: “In Conversation” Main Stage session with Des Kennedy
Denman’s writers festival celebrates 15 years by Comox Valley Record, July 07, 2017 Local author and gardening expert Des Kennedy’s “In Conversation” Main Stage session this year will be with be Andrew Nikiforuk, a crusading investigative journalist whose most recent … Continue reading
New B.C. government unlikely to be anti-business or impede fracking according to oil and gas producers at forum in Calgary
New B.C. government unlikely to be anti-business or impede fracking: oil and gas producers by Carter Haydu, July 10, 2-17, Daily Oil Bulletin In spite of any campaign rhetoric, British Columbia’s incoming NDP coalition government is unlikely to impede the … Continue reading
New Study: Sulfide-producing bacteria dominate hydraulically fractured shale oil & gas wells. “An estimated 70% of waterflooded reservoirs world-wide have soured.”
Industry and regulators have known for decades that the oil and gas industry sours sweet formations. What do our authorities do? Deregulate & lie to enable it. Sulfide-producing bacteria dominate hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells Press Release by American … Continue reading
Lexin & AER swing a deal; Lexin agrees it broke the law: “litany of violations.” Ex Director Michael Smith pays peanuts; Lexin drops lawsuit against AER
Lexin agrees it breached environmental, industry rules by Reid Southwick, July 10, 2017, Calgary Herald Alberta’s energy watchdog has closed its investigation into a junior oil and gas company — which it shut down and forced into receivership — after the … Continue reading
UK: “We fear a fracking disaster in our area” & “Pro-fracking lobby never let evidence get in the way of their advocacy for this environmentally destructive and reprehensible industry”
LETTERS in Gazette Herald July 8, 2017 ‘We fear a fracking disaster in our area’ by Ian Conlan, Malton DO we have to wait for disaster before fracking is banned? “Fracking has insufficient regulations and poor monitoring,” says Mike Hill, chartered … Continue reading
1 Comment to AER’s propaganda: Diana Daunheimer The AER announced the MOU with ICORE June 1, only Yedlin attempted to take this old, pile of dung announcement and make it news. The proposition that the AER operates within any parameters … Continue reading
AER trying to pretend it’s a regulator? Trying to deflect from Nikiforuk’s reporting on life-threatening leaking energy wells in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Calmar, Edmonton, more?
2017 06 28 MUST READ (not reported in any main stream media in Canada): Energy Industry Legacy: Hundreds of Abandoned Wells Leaking Methane in Alberta Communities, Tyee obtains unreleased report that shows leaks pose threats to health, explosion risk by Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee … Continue reading
President has signed onshore Fracking ban into law by Leonie McKiernan, July 6, 2017, Leitrim Observer In a short statement issued to www.leitrimobserver.ie this afternoon the President’s press office noted: “Having considered the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) … Continue reading
Cochrane Eagle Frack Poll & ACORRDS (Albertans Concerned Over Responsible Resource Development Society) looking for public awareness on frack impacts to human & animal health
Snap of stats taken July 5, 2017: Cochrane Eagle Frack Poll: Results as of July 1, 2017, just past midnight ACORRDS (Albertans Concerned Over Responsible Resource Development Society) looking for public awareness by Lindsay Seewalt, Jun 29, 2017, Cochrane Eagle A … Continue reading
Happy Canada Day! Two more crude oil spills in Alberta from one Journey Energy pipeline. Second spill polluted a waterbody; Pollution cover-up enabler AER investigating
Crude oil spills in central Alberta linked to Calgary-based Journey Energy by Bryan Passifiume , June 30, 2017, Calgary Herald Cleanup efforts are underway after two separate pipeline leaks in central Alberta. The Alberta Energy Regulator said it learned Wednesday of … Continue reading
Oklahoma: ‘Frack hits’ on the rise; Frackers Collide With Traditional Oil & Gas Drillers; Hundreds of damaging cases of “involuntary stimulation”
Frackers Collide With Traditional Oil Drillers, ‘Frack hits’ are threatening the peaceful coexistence of new and old wells by Erin Ailworth, June 20, 2017, Wall Street Journal Supersized new oil wells are sometimes running into existing wells, a little-noticed consequence of the … Continue reading
Compare Republic of Ireland’s Frac Ban with Germany’s Non Ban Frack Ban: Germany redefines fracking; “Conventional” fracking allowed!
Excellent Wordsmithery Trickery PACKAGE OF REGULATIONS COMES INTO FORCE, No fracking in Germany by The Federal Government of Germany, February 13, 2017 Commercial fracking of shale gas will not be permitted in Germany. Four exploratory boreholes for scientific purposes are to be … Continue reading
Gaspé, Québec: Plusieurs puits abandonnées fuient encore; Several abandoned energy wells still leaking; Natural Resources Ministry handing out permits for more drilling instead of fixing the life threatening problems
Plusieurs puits abandonnées fuient encore by Stéphanie Collin, le 16 juin 2017 à 15 h 22, chau.teleinterrives.com Translation by Amie du Richelieu, June 29, 2017: Members of the groups Tache d`huile and Environnement Vert Plus denounce the inability of the Natural Resources Ministry to … Continue reading
Bravo Brava Courage, Compassion, Community! Republic of Ireland Frack Ban Completes Final Stage: Seanad passes fracking ban!
Campaigners celebrate as Seanad passes fracking ban by Leitrim Observer Reporter, 28 Jun 2017, Love Leitrim has welcomed the passing of the legislative ban on fracking as it completed the final stage in the Seanad today, Wednesday June 28 and will … Continue reading
Why commit to spend a billion to take on $billions in US Oilfield liabilities? Destroy the retirement of hardworking Canadians, burden us with US oilfield’s toxic legacy? Canada Pension Plan arm commits up to $1 billion to buy oil assets in U.S.
Canada Pension Plan arm commits up to $1 billion to buy oil assets in U.S. Published on: June 28, 2017 | Last Updated: June 28, 2017 9:08 AM MDT The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board says it will commit up … Continue reading
“Flawed science or scientific fraud?” (Sounds like Alberta) USEPA significantly underestimated oil & gas sector methane emissions? Inspector General has opened an investigation. “This is a big deal. (A 2 % methane leakage rate = 200 coal plants of GHGs)”
EPA’s Methane Estimates for Oil and Gas Sector Under Investigation, An environmental group argues the agency significantly underestimates methane emissions from the oil and gas industries. The inspector general is now investigating by Phil McKenna, June 22, 2017, InsideClimateNews The Environmental Protection … Continue reading
France to ban all new oil and gas exploration in renewable energy drive, ‘Ecological transition’ minister says law will be passed later this year
Macron meets Schwarzenegger and vows to stop oil and gas licences, In a dig at Trump’s climate change inaction, French president welcomes the green campaigner and says there will be ‘no new exploration licences’ by James Murray for BusinessGreen, 26 June 2017, … Continue reading
Dutch Quakes Rattle NAM (Exxon, Shell partnership); Judges in Assen rule that NAM is liable for Groningen earthquake victims’ stress; NAM’s Gas Greed and global warming could wipe out Wadden Sea heritage site
Gas company NAM is liable for Groningen earthquake victims’ stress DutchNewsNL, March 1, 2017 Gas company NAM is responsible for the ‘immaterial’ damage suffered by people living in the Groningen earthquake zone as well as the actual damage to their … Continue reading
CAPP Induced Planned Deflection & Dismissal of Frack Quake Risks & Harms? U of A Study: Human-induced seismicity (leaves out the tens of thousands of small frack quakes) and large-scale (why leave out the medium & small-scale production that’s fracked?) hydrocarbon production in PA, WV, OK, ND, TX, USA and SK, AB, BC, Canada
June 27, 2017 (day after the silly paper was reported on in main media) Natural Resources Canada: 3.6M earthquake at Fox Creek, Encana and Haliburton fracking in the area (Nothing about this one on AER /AGS yet; they record 6 … Continue reading
CBC News: Alberta is a Fracking Black Hole for Information! Since 2006, Ernst has been trying to get disclosure of the chemicals Encana injected into her community’s drinking water aquifers and elsewhere, with zero success, not even for her lawsuit, Alberta Rules of Court do not allow trade secrets but no authority is compelling Encana to disclose the information
CBC article below June 8, 2006 interrogation and attempted intimidation of Ernst by ERCB (now AER) lawyer & bully Rick McKee, Ernst presented these questions: None of Ernst’s questions have yet been answered, not even by Dr. John Cherry and his … Continue reading
More Propaganda CAPP style? AER, Charter Violating, No Duty of Care, Legally Immune, Abuser of Power, Pollution & Law Violator Enabler, “warns” industry it “could” go after directors, executives to clean up the current $300 Billion in oilfield liabilities. Really? With Ex-Encana Exec/Ex-Cenovus Exec/Ex-CAPP Exec Gerard Protti as AER Chair?
Alberta looks at different ways of making sure companies clean up old wells The AER warns that it could go after directors and executives to ensure proper reclamation by Tracy Johnson, June 20, 2017, CBC News Related Stories Landowners left in … Continue reading
Calgary Executive Million Dollar Bonuses Increased 40.6% in 2016, Comparatively Nothing Paid to Clean Up Liabilities/Abandoned Wells/Facilities
CEO bonuses in Calgary rebound along with oil prices by Amanda Stephenson, June 15, 2017, Calgary Herald For executives of Calgary’s largest publicly traded companies, 2016 marked not only the beginning of the oil price recovery but also a return to … Continue reading
Texas: New Study by TAMEST, State’s Top Scientists (mostly industry supporters, so findings especially damning): Drilling in Shale causes pollution, earthquakes, billions in road damages annually, billions in trucking industry damages annually, 75% increase in rural crashes involving commercial vehicles. Health & Climate Change Impacts Not Assessed. Why Not? Too terrible?
Where is Alberta’s Task Force and Report? Why did the Texas Task Force not assess Health & Climate Change Impacts? Too terrible for them to handle? Compare to Canada: 2014 10 01: Why was (still is!) a 2012 Health Canada … Continue reading
Calgary wants control over contaminated sites (1,766 known in the city!): “Oftentimes the authority is not aligned with the ability.” AER & industry set taxpayers up to be hung with $300 Billion in oilfield liabilities. Enabled by the courts? Alberta Cancer Cases Expected to Sky Rocket – How much caused by oilfield pollution? 18,600 new cancer cases expected in Alberta in 2017!
2017 02 17: BNN interviews Alberta Oil Patch Consultant Brent Nimeck: “This problem is 30 years in the making. … I would call it a Ponzi Scheme…. This is an orchestrated fraud from multiple angles: Industry, CAPP and the Alberta … Continue reading
Supreme Court of Canada Justices unanimously rule Canadians have a right to a timely trial but say nothing about having a right to timely rulings
Justice Abuse of Power Style? The Supreme Court of Canada rules that criminals have the Charter right to timely trials, but the same court rules that non-criminal Ernst is forbidden her Charter right to seek remedy for the Alberta Energy … Continue reading