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Who will clean up the mess, asks Shawnigan Lake Community?

Government Cancels Contaminated Soil Landfill Permit in Shawnigan Lake, Who will clean up the mess, asks community? Environment Minister Mary Polak has finally cancelled the permit for the controversial Shawnigan Lake landfill site after the facility’s owner, Cobble Hill Holdings, failed … Continue reading

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Three years after inquiry held after many years of AER enabling industry’s poisoning of families, Alberta regulator many years too late releases rules on heavy oil’s toxic air pollution (AER calls it “odors”). Will industry give a damn? Will AER enable “rule” violations as usual?

Alberta energy regulator releases rules on heavy oil odours by Bob Webber, The Canadian Press, February 24, 2017, Edmonton Journal CALGARY – Alberta’s energy regulator has set new rules to deal with long-standing complaints about powerful, gassy smells from heavy … Continue reading

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Alberta slashes pay, perks and bonuses for CEOs at agencies, boards, commissions. Two years from now, Jim Ellis, CEO of AER, will have his pay cut from $721,680 to $396,720, still grossly excessive for what he does and does not do

Alberta slashes pay, perks and bonuses for CEOs at agencies, boards and commissions, The changes affect CEOs at 23 agencies, boards and commissions by Michelle Bellefontaine, Feb 24, 2017, CBC News Chief executive officers at 23 of Alberta’s agencies, boards and … Continue reading

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Bravo! Brava! Four years, two million dollars in legal fees defending clean drinking water by Shawnigan Lake Community triumphs! Mary Polak, BC Minister of Environment, revokes toxic dump facility permit

BC Environment Minister’s statement on Cobble Hill Holdings permit by Ministry of Environment, February 23, 2017 Minister of Environment Mary Polak has issued the following statement in regard to the waste discharge permit held by Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd. for … Continue reading

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Citizen in Dugald, Manitoba writes Premier Rachel Notley on Supreme Court of Canada ruling Ernst can’t sue for her valid charter claim against AER: “Alberta eats its own.”

Dugald, Manitoba R0E 0K0   February 14, 2017   Premier Rachel Notley 307 Legislature Building 10800-97 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6 Dear Premier Notley, I guess most people understand why Jane Fonda was dumped on so thoroughly for her concerns … Continue reading

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AER reacting again to heaps of bad press? Cherry picking data for public display? Do you trust the lying, Charter violating, legally immune, fraudulent pollution enabling AER? Energy deregulator starts tracking company performance to try to reduce pipeline spills. Why now, decades too late?

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Northern Ireland: SDLP pledge to introduce permanent ban on fracking

SDLP pledge to introduce permanent ban on fracking by Derry Now, February 21, 2017 SDLP Foyle Assembly candidate and former Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has said his party fundamentally opposes the introduction of fracking in Northern Ireland – and … Continue reading

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Alberta NDP defeated again (as they did in 2016) resolution calling for moratorium on fracking, even defeated a friendly amendment to do in-depth independent study of adverse effects. “Jobs” & corporate profits trump public health & water yet again. But in the oil patch, jobs are being left behind: “I don’t see a future.” … “Pretty soon every rig will have one worker and a robot.”

PROPOSED  RESOLUTION – THAT WAS AGAIN DEFEATED (AS IT WAS IN 2016) ON FEBRUARY 11, 2017, NDP Provincial Council, University of Calgary–  NATURAL RESOURCE EXPLORATION AND EXTRACTION INVOLVING HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING WHEREAS  horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” has been … Continue reading

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Frack ban coming to PEI?

Fracking ban coming in act? by Andrew Lush
, Don’t Frack PEI Steering Committee, February 17, 2017, The Guardian.pe.ca Surely there can no longer be any doubt that high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) causes unacceptable damage to human and environmental health, our plans to … Continue reading

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“Alberta Model” Quebec’s Frac Frenzy Free-for-all Deregulation Bill 106: Vue en coupe d’un règlement qui nous prend pour des idiots

Cross sectional view of a regulation that takes us for idiots by Pierre Brignaud “Do you think we should have our water tested? It smells weird.” “Don’t worry. They are the required minimum distance from a house and more than … Continue reading

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China: Farmer Studies Law for 16 Years to Sue Chemical Company Qihua for Polluting His Land; Wins $119,000.00 Judgement against the multi-billion dollar, state-run company which is appealing

Farmer Studies Law for 16 Years to Sue Chemical Company for Polluting His Land by Julie Travers, February 17, 2017, EcoWatch Chinese farmer Wang Enlin and his neighbors sued Qihua Group, a mineral processing and chemical production company, for polluting their homes … Continue reading

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Cenovus (split from Encana after Ernst lawsuit papers served on the company) continues hoarding with $3.7B cash

Cenovus aims to conserve $3.7B cash hoard amid calls for dividend hike by Geoffrey Morgan, The Canadian Press, February 16, 2017, Calgary Herald CALGARY – Oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. learned tough lessons through the oil price collapse and is now resisting … Continue reading

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Brilliant! MUST LISTEN! BNN Interviews Alberta Oil Patch Consultant Brent Nimeck on Lexin and AER’s Orphan Wells: “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 Energy Regulator have enabled this to happen. … Through our independent analysis and we’ve confirmed this at multiple sources within the energy regulator, the liabilities are over $300 billion. That’s what’s on the hook for Alberta taxpayers right now – $300 billion.”

The Promise: Fracking brings prosperity & jobs. Reality: Tens of thousands of oil patch workers out of work and $300 billion in liabilities. Former oil worker proposes solution to abandoned pipelines [and wells] 5:52 Min. by BNN Commodities, February 17, … Continue reading

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New peer-reviewed, published study by Lisa McKenzie et al, U Colorado School of Public Health: Childhood cancer linked to nearby oil and gas activity; People ages 5-24 diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia more likely to live in areas with a high concentration of oil and gas activity

New CU study looks at impact of nearby oil and gas drilling on childhood cancer rates, State Health Department questions study’s conclusion by John Ingold, February 15, 2017, The Denver Post A new study from University of Colorado researchers finds a … Continue reading

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AER shuts Lexin Resources down way too late: AER fails Albertans & oil patch workers, yet again; AER saves the day for oil patch executives, yet again; AER keeps shareholders off the hook, yet again. And AER still hasn’t criminally charged Encana for law violations, frac’ing Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers!

Read first: Alberta’s Growing $30-Billion Liability: Inactive Wells, Compared to other jurisdictions, province lets oil firms off the hook when it comes to cleaning up by Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Feb 2017, TheTyee.ca *** AER enforcement action sparks questions over orphan wells by Chris … Continue reading

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Queensland, Australia: Contamination and irreversible damage caused by Linc Energy at Hopeland more widespread than first thought. With Linc in liquidation and debts of $300 Million, who pays for the “irreversible” damages to the many farms, homes, soils, air and aquifers?

Contamination near Linc Energy UCG plant at Hopeland more widespread than first thought by Mark Willacy, February 09, 2017, ABC News Flammable levels of hydrogen have been found at a number of locations near the site of a controversial gas project … Continue reading

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Justice Denied in Texas: Parrs won’t appeal loss of $2.9 million judgment against Aruba after fracking oprations made them sick, driving them from their home

Wise County family won’t appeal loss of $2.9 million judgment against driller by Max B. Baker, February 9, 2017, The Star Telegram A state appeals court recently tossed out the $2.9 million judgment the Parr family got against Aruba Petroleum. … Continue reading

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Updated: Report by Lucija Muehlenbachs calls for time limits on inactive oil and gas wells in Alberta, “This is an accumulation of liability.” Where’s the AER? Passing the Buck.

The Report: 80,000 INACTIVE OIL WELLS: A BLESSING OR A CURSE? by Lucija Muehlenbachs, February 2017, Volume 10, Issue 3, University of Calgary, The School of Public Policy Report calls for Alberta to put a time limit on inactive oil and gas wells, Report … Continue reading

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New Peer-Reviewed Paper: A systematic evaluation of chemicals in hydraulic-fracturing fluids and wastewater for reproductive and developmental toxicity

A systematic evaluation of chemicals in hydraulic-fracturing fluids and wastewater for reproductive and developmental toxicity by Elise G Elliott, Adrienne S Ettinger, Brian P Leaderer, Michael B Bracken and Nicole C Deziel, January/February 2017, Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 27, … Continue reading

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AER gets failing grade for efforts to acquire, report accurate scientific data! Alberta “guessing” when it comes to spill recovery. “AER failure to protect the environment.” AER “off the scale in terms of believability….” Researcher Dr. Kevin Timoney sums up his forensic investigation: “Persistent, pervasive danger to society and ecosystems.”

Alberta is “guessing” when it comes to spill recovery by Shari Narine, February 4th, 2017, Windspeaker News North Dakota indicated that in 3.4 per cent of oil spills there was perfect recovery compared to Alberta’s 53 per cent. AER was “off … Continue reading

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Justice Denied by Supreme Court of Canada for a UNANIMA International Woman of Courage

Justice Denied for a UI Woman of Courage by UNANIMA, February 1, 2017 The UI family extends a hand of compassion and solidarity this month to our 2011 Woman of Courage, Jessica Ernst. At the time she received the award, … Continue reading

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Judicial Review Anyone? As Usual, Court of Appeal of Alberta Denies Impacted Landowners their Application for Permission to Appeal: “We have no rights and no remedies.”

The Ruling: Bokenfohr v Pembina Pipeline Corporation, 2017 ABCA 40 (CanLII) 2017-02-02, Docket: 1603-0135-AC It took the court only 7 days to rule! Compare to the phenomenally long times all levels of courts have taken to rule in the Ernst lawsuit to date: … Continue reading

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Texas Travesty: Appeals Court Throws out $3 Million Jury Verdict for Bob & Lisa Parr against Aruba Petroleum

There is no frac’ing aftercare, not from the companies, regulators, politicians or legal systems in North America. As the Supreme Court of Canada made clear in their “OK for government agencies to violate the Charter” ruling in Ernst vs AER … Continue reading

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Will China’s “colossus” green energy growth and Russia’s agreement to sell Japan oil & gas kill Canada’s grossly uneconomical Fracking, LNG & Bitumen industries? (Never mind The Trump Tax)

Russia, Japan deepen ties with agreements on upstream, LNG cooperation by Nastassia Astrasheuskaya, December 18, 2016, Platts Russian and Japanese companies Friday signed a number of memoranda and agreements on cooperation in hydrocarbons development during the first visit to Japan in … Continue reading

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On Jessica Ernst, and the Vagaries of Justice in Canada

On Jessica Ernst, and the Vagaries of Justice in Canada, Landowner’s ruling shows our legal system can easily lose sight of its mission by Andrew Nikiforuk, February 2, 2017, TheTyee.ca The recent Supreme Court ruling on Jessica Ernst in her case against … Continue reading

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Ireland is set to become the first country to completely stop funding fossil fuels

Ireland is set to become the first country to completely stop funding fossil fuels, Goodbye, coal and oil by Josh Hrala, February 2, 2017, Science Alert Ireland is close to becoming the first country in the world to completely divest from … Continue reading

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Trump Triumphant

The trouble with self-made men is that they tend to worship their creator. source unknown This @latimes political cartoon by @davidhorsey is from 2015. Scarily relevant today… #Trump #Fascism #MuslimBan http://www.latimes.com/la-bio-david-horsey-staff.html… tweet by Jody Emery, January 28, 2017 Tweet by Gideon … Continue reading

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Frack by Hitler? Kevin O’Leary says he would force fracking on “all Canadian provinces.”

Snap from Alberta Surface Rights Group Facebook Page: Kevin O’Leary Would Force Fracking On Canadian Provinces by David Krayden, January 31, 2017, The daily Caller “Shark Tank” star and Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary says he would force … Continue reading

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Remember Australia’s George Bender? Origin Energy ignores coal seam gas well leaks & groundwater contamination, whistleblower Sally McDow says. More detailed Statement of Claim filed

Origin Energy ignores coal seam gas well leaks, whistleblower says by Michael Slezak, January 26, 2017, The Guardian Statement of claim lodged at federal court alleges that a general manager said company calculated it was cheaper to pay fines than … Continue reading

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BC Govt Suspends Toxic Waste Dumping Permit Upstream from Shawnigan Lake. Will Rachel Notley gov’t file charges against Encana for illegally fracturing & contaminating Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers? And publicly expose all at AER, Alberta Health, Alberta Innovates & Alberta Environment who engaged in fraud covering-up Encana’s crimes?

Environment Minister Suspends Permit for Leaking Landfill in Shawnigan Lake, ‘This is a huge step,’ says regional director leading opposition to site by Andrew Nikiforuk, January 28, 2017, The Tyee Under intense legal and citizen pressure, Environment Minister Mary Polak has suspended the … Continue reading

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Jessica Ernst Open Letter to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin Regarding False and Seriously Damaging Statements in Justice Rosalie Abella’s Supreme Court of Canada Ruling, Ernst v AER

Jessica Ernst Box 753 Rosebud Alberta T0J 4T0 January 25, 2017 Open Letter to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin C/O Canadian Judicial Council Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0W8 Dear Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, Re: January 13, 2017 Ernst vs AER Supreme Court … Continue reading

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DEP Urges Pennsylvanians to Test Homes for Radon; PA schools aren’t required to test for lead or radon, so many Pittsburgh-area districts don’t

DEP Urges Pennsylvanians to Test Homes for Radon Press Release by PA government, January 10, 2017 Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) urges Pennsylvanians to test their homes for radon in January as part of national Radon Action … Continue reading

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Alberta research shows fracking fluids cause ‘significant’ harm to fish, Can harm fish even at low concentrations. Chemicals caused premature aging in gills, organs

Alberta research shows fracking fluids cause significant harm to fish by Hamilton Spectator, January 24, 2017 Research has found that liquids used to frack oil and gas wells can harm fish. A newly published paper by University of Alberta scientists concludes the … Continue reading

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French Parliament to discuss Frack Ban, Consider banning all unconventional oil & gas developments by any technique!

French Parliament to Discuss Fracking Ban by Kevin Bonnaud, January 23, 2017, naturalgasworld.com Just 100 days before the presidential election, the shale gas debate makes the headlines again in France, as parliament this week considers an amendment of the mining code … Continue reading

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Another Crew Energy Frac Incident. This time in Septimus area, BC. In 2011, Crew contaminated fresh groundwater with gelled propane during frac’ing

OGC investigating incident at Crew Energy well site in Septimus area by Chris Newton News, January 24, 2017, energeticcity.ca B.C. Oil and Gas Commission inspectors are continuing to investigate an incident at a Crew Energy well site near Fort St. John. … Continue reading

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CAPP blew the whistle. Any courageous whisteblowers at AER & Encana? Origin Energy denies massive cover-up after accusation in explosive lawsuit by company whistleblower, Sally McDow, lawyer and senior compliance manager

Snap of photo from the print article linked below. Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers: Coal bed methane operations contaminate water resources by The Calgary Herald, August 28, 2014 Yet CAPP’s Alex Ferguson says many worries about water quality are based on past operations … Continue reading

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Alberta Energy Regulator in Legal La La Land: AER’s “Public Statement” lies about Ernst vs AER Supreme Court of Canada ruling

Supreme Court of Canada Ernst v. Alberta Energy Regulator decision Public Statement by AER, January 13, 2017, AERNR2017-01 Calgary, Alberta (Jan 13, 2017)… Today’s Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision is an important one to regulators across the country. This was … Continue reading

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Damaging the Charter: Ernst vs Alberta Energy Regulator by Lorne Sossin, Dean Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Damaging the Charter by Lorne Sossin, January 20, 2017, The Court.ca In a fascinating, divided, and ultimately underwhelming start to 2017, the Supreme Court in Ernst v. Alberta Energy Regulator, 2017 SCC 1, grapples with the availability of Charter damages … Continue reading

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Redeye Vancouver Radio interviews Jessica Ernst on her loss at Supreme Court of Canada and her continuing lawsuit against Encana & Alberta Environment (Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Neil Wittmann ruled Ernst can sue the “legally immune” water regulator but not the “legally immune” energy regulator)

The interview archived. Starts at 32 min in the Saturday Jan 21 10:00 2017 portion One has to push the fast forward repeatedly. It only moves a few minutes each time. Redeye Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 FM / Saturdays 604-684-7561 Podcasts … Continue reading

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Oilpatch greed fuels growing disputes with Alberta landowners; Oil company electrical bills and cleanup costs dumped on abused landowners

Oilpatch woes fuel growing disputes with Alberta landowners, advocate says by Heith Gerein, January 10, 2017, Edmonton Journal Disputes between private landowners and energy companies are on the rise in Alberta, in part due to the financial woes of an … Continue reading

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