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U.S. judge orders Teck Resources to pay aboriginal group $8.25-million

U.S. judge orders Teck Resources to pay aboriginal group $8.25-million by Sunny Dhillon, August 25, 2016, The Globe and Mail Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. says it is “reviewing the implications” after a U.S. judge ruled it must pay an aboriginal group … Continue reading

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USA NATIONAL PARKS: Drilling at ‘doorstep’ drives visitors away — report; Imagine living surrounded by drilling, fracing and air, land and water pollution.

NATIONAL PARKS: Drilling at ‘doorstep’ drives visitors away — report by Scott Streater, August 26, 2016, E&E News Oil and gas development near national parks is driving away visitors to some of the nation’s most iconic sites, according to a new report by … Continue reading

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Two new peer-reviewed studies published after Florida significantly increases toxic chemicals allowed dumped in waterways: 1) Chemicals used in fracking, other gas, oil operations increase risk of miscarriages, reduced male fertility, prostate cancer, birth defects, preterm birth by disrupting hormones; 2) Lit review shows increased risk of negative reproductive effects from exposure to fracking, other oil, gas extraction activities, especially for miscarriages, reduced semen quality, prostate cancer, birth defects, preterm birth

Study: Fracking chemicals in water raise fertility risks by Jim Waymer, August 25, 2016, Florida Today New research released Thursday suggests chemicals used in fracking and other gas and oil operations increase risk of miscarriages, reduced male fertility, prostate cancer, birth … Continue reading

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Associations between Unconventional Natural Gas Development and Nasal and Sinus, Migraine Headache, and Fatigue Symptoms in Pennsylvania

Complete paper available at link: Associations between Unconventional Natural Gas Development and Nasal and Sinus, Migraine Headache, and Fatigue Symptoms in Pennsylvania by Aaron W. Tustin, Annemarie G. Hirsch, Sara G. Rasmussen, Joan A. Casey, Karen Bandeen-Roche, and Brian S. Schwartz, Received: 22 … Continue reading

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Andrew Nikiforuk’s Slick Water Finalist for Lane Anderson Awards, Best Canadian science books written in 2015

Andrew Nikiforuk’s “Slick Water” a Finalist for 2015 Lane Anderson Awards Press Release by Greystone books, August 24, 2016 The Lane Anderson Award was created by the Fitzhenry Family Foundation to honour great science writing in Canada. There are categories for … Continue reading

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Vancouver Sun: B.C. shouldn’t allow fracking free-for-all, Government is putting energy ahead of our health and safety; Fracking has many potential pitfalls

EXCELLELNT LETTER! Fracking has many potential pitfalls by Larry Barzelai, MD, August 23, 2016, The Vancouver Sun Photo by Tim Fraser 2006 08 16 for Calgary Herald’s SPECIAL REPORT: WHAT LIES BENEATH. COAL BED METHANE – DAY 2 OF 4 * Rosebud, … Continue reading

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Anticosti mayor applying for UNESCO heritage designation. Court orders Quebec to continue financing Petrolia’s Anticosti fracking operations, Orders monthly payments to Petrolia must continue to prevent job losses

Anticosti mayor applying for UNESCO heritage designation, The island’s mayor will submit an application for ‘Galapagos of the north’ by CBC News, Aug 23, 2016 Related Stories Philippe Couillard says he’s ready to pull plug on Anticosti oil, gas exploration Court orders Quebec … Continue reading

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EPA: Oil industry likely to blame for Texas tremors, even if state regulator continues to deny it. EPA alarmed at amount of earthquake activity in Dallas/Forth Worth area and “the public health hazard it could create”

EPA says oil industry likely to blame for Texas tremors by John Siciliano, August 22, 2016, Washington Examiner The Environmental Protection Agency is pointing its finger at the oil and gas industry for causing earthquakes in Texas that could endanger … Continue reading

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The Canadian Way: Taxpayers paying billions of dollars to remediate corporate profit-taking in N.W.T. that will be arsenic “contaminated indefinitely.” Water used for drinking by Yellowknife and around Giant Mine may never recover

The 1858 Bradford sweets poisoning was the arsenic poisoning of more than 200 people in Bradford, England, when sweets accidentally made with arsenic were sold from a market stall. Twenty-one victims died as a result. Water around Giant Mine in … Continue reading

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Rocky View County Alberta: Municipal councilors fail to support clean air and water, Voted clean air and water out of bounds, OK for frac’ers to poison families and environment

Clean air declaration out of bounds for Rocky View by Enrique Massot, August 4, 2016, Country News Online What matters in Rocky View County and Region A Rocky View councillor opposed a declaration in support of making clean air and water and … Continue reading

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Oil on and in the water: Husky’s toxic bitumen and chemical additive spill into drinking water of tens of thousands of Saskatchewan residents has many wondering if a similar disaster could strike Alberta. Why? It already has, repeatedly, with impacted Albertans living with and drinking the contaminated water

OIL ON THE WATER Sask. oil spill has many wondering if a similar disaster could strike Alberta by Dave Mabell, August 20, 2016, Lethbridge Herald Could that happen here? Do we have an emergency plan? [Does Canada have any plan anywhere, except to … Continue reading

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The Canadian Way: Government continues to allow Nestle to take millions of gallons of water daily from Ontario town despite severe drought

Woo hoo! by David Parkins, August 23, 2016, The Globe and Mail Nestle continues to extract water from Ontario town despite severe drought by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press, August 21, 2016, The Globe and Mail Environmentalists are urging the Ontario government against … Continue reading

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BARRISTERS’ BRIEFS Aspiring to Highest Standards of Civility: Excerpt from speech on importance of civility and truth in legal profession by Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Neil C. Wittmann

BARRISTERS’ BRIEFS Aspiring to the Highest Standards of Civility by Maureen Killoran [representing Encana in Ernst vs Encana], QC and Anne Kirker, QC, Spring issue 2016, Vol 1, No 41 Law Matters, Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch With thanks to the … Continue reading

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Alberta Views September 2016 Cover Article: Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin’s remarkable service. The girl from Pincher Creek Alberta who made Canada more just, Some consider McLachlin the only thing that stood between PM Steve Harper and absolute power

Canada’s Top Judge Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin’s remarkable service by Katherine Ashenburg, September 2016, Alberta Views Print copies available by subscription, in stores and libraries. The wind makes you resilient. You learn to stand up against adversity. … … Continue reading

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Groningen gas field induced earthquakes: Did industry intentionally set up their study to be too small so as to escape paying homeowners the billions of dollars in damages the court ordered paid?

TRUST IN DUTCH GAS BOTTOMS OUT ON INVESTIGATION OF EARTHQUAKE REPORT by Janene Pieters, Netherlands Times, Aug 19, 2016 Scientists at TU Delft sharply criticized the conclusions of a study into the risk of earthquake damage to homes and buildings on … Continue reading

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Louisiana’s Sinking Coast Is a $100 Billion Nightmare for Big Oil, The state can’t pay, so someone has to. And the water keeps rising

Louisiana’s Sinking Coast Is a $100 Billion Nightmare for Big Oil, The state can’t pay, so someone has to. And the water keeps rising by Catherine Traywick, August 17, 2016, Bloomberg From 5,000 feet up, it’s difficult to make out where Louisiana’s … Continue reading

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More and more energy companies not making payments to Saskatchewan, Alberta landowners. Why would they? Landowners, urgent with greed, signed leases they didn’t read, with few legal protections. Multi-billion dollar profit-taker CNRL asks for 30% property tax cut. Do landowners ripped off by oil companies get tax cuts? Do citizens and communities with their water, land and air poisoned by frac companies get tax cuts?

Sask. tracking energy companies not making payments to landowners by D.C. Fraser, Regina Leader-Post with files from the Calgary Herald, August 18, 2016, Calgary Herald Nine energy companies operating in Saskatchewan have had complaints made against them for not paying landowners for … Continue reading

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New NASA Study Nails Fracking as Source of Massive Methane ‘Hot Spot’ in Four Corners region, 2,500-square mile plume said to be largest concentration of methane in USA

NASA Study Nails Fracking as Source of Massive Methane ‘Hot Spot,’ The 2,500-square mile plume is said to be the largest concentration of the potent greenhouse gas in the country by Lauren McCauley, August 16, 2016, Common Dreams A NASA … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Known risk of earthquakes caused by oil and gas development, BC Hydro worries about fracking unconventionals near dams, specifically coalbed methane and shale gas. “Alberta Offers Lessons In Keeping Oil and Gas Industry ‘Safe’ From A Public Endangered By Fracking”

One of the comments to the article below: annie_fiftyseven ….title of the article is misleading. I suggest: “Alberta Offers Lessons In Keeping Oil and Gas Industry ‘Safe’ From A Public Endangered By Fracking” Much more fitting. Alberta Offers Lessons in … Continue reading

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Texas landowners poisoned by “Home Wrecker” Encana get “the law’s garbage can.” Encana gets easy escape, agrees to pay $17,500 for well blowout in Eagle Ford Shale that’s poisoned many

[Refer first to: 2012 11 28: Power of Attorney Calgary managing partner for Osler Hoskin Harcourt, Maureen Killoran, lawyer representing Encana in the Ernst vs Encana lawsuit: And, to be perfectly frank, when you do energy law, as I do, or … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Livestock water supplies still a concern after oil spill, City of Prince Albert seeking millions from Husky. Hydrocarbons found in more water samples after Husky bitumen and diluent spill. Next Step? Deregulate Drinking Water Guidelines to meet Husky’s hydrocarbon pollution in the North Saskatchewan River?

Is this enough? Saskatchewan city of Prince Albert gets $5M from Husky for oil spill cleanup by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press, August 15, 2016, Calgary Herald PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A city that was forced to close its water intakes after … Continue reading

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AER: Toothless, Legally Immune (even for acts in bad faith and gross negligence), Charter Violating, Best in the World Wonder. Why hasn’t AER shut rogue Lexin Resources Ltd. down? Why leave Albertans in danger of being killed or poisoned? “The regulator said in an order released Tuesday that if Lexin and its related company, LR Processing, fail to provide sufficient oversight, sour gas could be released into the environment with potentially dangerous effects.”

A comment to the Herald article below: Allan MacRae Banff School of Advanced Management The history of this matter is described below. Portions of my email have been excerpted for brevity. From: Allan MacRae Sent: May-28-16 12:28 PM To: Senior Executive, … Continue reading

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Only in Canada! Wanna bet Husky gets fined nothing for contaminating North Saskatchewan River, drinking water of 70,000 Canadians, and misrepresenting its toxic bitumen & diluent spill?

Environment minister urges confidence in Energy East process after NEB revelations by The Canadian Press, August 9, 2016, Calgary Herald Environment Minister Catherine McKenna urged Canadians on Tuesday to have confidence in the evaluation process of large-scale energy projects like Energy East. … Continue reading

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Jury finds PG & E guilty in 6 of 12 criminal charges for pipeline violations that caused San Bruno explosion, killed 8, destroyed 38 homes and for misleading investigators. In big victory for PG & E, judge cut nearly all of potential $562 million fine to $6M, “Prosecutors made the surprising decision several days into jury deliberations not to pursue a potential $562 million fine if PG&E was found guilty of any of the counts.”

PG&E Guilty Of Misleading Investigators In San Bruno Pipeline Explosion by San Francisco CBS Local, August 9, 2016 A federal jury found California’s largest utility guilty on Tuesday of misleading investigators about how it was identifying high-risk pipelines after a deadly pipeline … Continue reading

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Calgary drilling company, Cathedral Energy Services Ltd., settles US $3.4M lawsuit over its American subsidiary not paying workers overtime

Calgary drilling company settles multimillion-dollar lawsuit over unpaid overtime for workers by Reid Southwick, August 9, 2016, Calgary Herald A Calgary drilling company said it will spend up to US3.4 million settling lawsuits filed against its American subsidiary by drillers who … Continue reading

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Police shooting of suspect in double homicide at Alberta work camp in AER’s Frac Frenzy Blanket Approval Pilot at Fox Creek was ‘necessary,’ police watchdog finds

Police shooting of suspect in double homicide at Alberta work camp near Fox Creek was ‘necessary,’ police watchdog finds by Clare Clancy, August 8, 2016, Edmonton Journal in Calgary Herald An investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has … Continue reading

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Chevron Wins Big in $9.5 Billion Ecuador Oil Pollution Case. Steve Donziger, lawyer for harmed Ecuadorians, fails to sway U.S. Court of Appeals that he didn’t act illegally. More appeals ahead

Chevron Wins Big in $9.5 Billion Oil Pollution Case. But It’s Not Over Yet The lawyer for Ecuadorian victims fails to sway a U.S. court that he didn’t act illegally. Now, more appeals in the 23-year-old case by Paul Barrett, … Continue reading

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Is Alberta’s “Enron Clause” one of Ralph Klein’s skeletons publicly dangled by Lyle Oberg? E-mails reveal how Alberta’s ‘Enron clause’ was orchestrated

Enmax breaks silence on NDP lawsuit, executive who worked for Enron by Don Braid, August 8, 2016, Calgary Herald City-owned Enmax has hunkered down in public silence since the legal assault from the provincial government began. But with the latest … Continue reading

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Family begs Alberta NDP government for help & compensation, two years after fleeing farm poisoned by Baytex. Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) investigates explosion at shut-in Baytex wellsite, When will AER investigate Encana intentionally & illegally frac’ing Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers in 2004, when will Alberta government file criminal charges?

Peace Country explosion raises questions about safety of shut-in wells, No regulations in place to require clean-up, researcher says by Kim Trynacity, August 9, 2016, CBC News Claude Labrecque was watching the morning TV news a few weeks ago when an explosion … Continue reading

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Tourism operators and St’át’imc, Xatśūll & T’exelcemc First Nations file lawsuits against Imperial Metals and BC government over harms caused by massive Mount Polley tailings pond dam failure

First Nations launch lawsuit against Mount Polley mine by Simon Little, August 4, 2016, News Talk 980 CKNW Today marks two years since a tailings pond dam at the Mount Polley mine breached, releasing millions of litres of tainted water. Now, … Continue reading

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Prosperity Alberta style: Record numbers of farmers being ripped off by the oil and gas industry, seeking lapsed payments

Record numbers of farmers seeking lapsed payments from oil and gas industry by Reid Southwick, August 6, 2016, Calgary Herald Lana Bulger’s barley and hay farm in southern Alberta is a sprawling expanse of green fields scarred by a dirt road … Continue reading

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Mel Hurtig. 1932-2016. A Great Politician – Who’s Love For Canada Has Met No Match!!

Thursday’s letters: Picture perfect editorial cartoon August 11, 2016, Edmonton Journal Re. Editorial cartoon, Aug. 5 My family and I were so touched by the cartoon of our father, Mel Hurtig, drawn by Malcolm Mayes for the Edmonton Journal. It … Continue reading

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In Texas, wastewater spills get less scrutiny. In Alberta, do they get any?

Chinese-owned company Sinopec fined $150,000 over Alberta pipeline spill by The Canadian Press, November 7, 2014, The Globe and Mail Two days later, the contractor realized that no water was flowing into a disposal well, despite the fact the well was … Continue reading

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Water undrinkable in parts of North Saskatchewan River after bitumen, diluent spill, samples reveal. Husky off the hook? Saskatchewan government “unlikely” to clean all of the spill. Have the chemicals Husky spilled with the bitumen been disclosed yet? Are samplers testing for them and are they sampling the river bottom?

Sask. premier promises full public investigation into Husky Energy pipeline spill by Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon Starphoenix, August 3, 2016, Calgary Herald Watch 2:12 Min video at link of interviews with Premier Wall, city officials. Snaps below from the video: Prince Albert Mayor Greg … Continue reading

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More deregulation to enable fracing unconventionals? Alberta Provides Guidance On Use Of Exposure Control To Manage Risks At Contaminated Sites

PDF version Alberta Provides Guidance On Use Of Exposure Control To Manage Risks At Contaminated Sites by John Georgakopoulos, Matthew Gardner and Anand Srivastava Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP, July 29, 2016, Mondaq Alberta Environment and Parks has published a … Continue reading

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Saskatchewan city planners beginning to decide what to do in case their river remains contaminated when winter approaches

How About an Under ice bitumen slurry runaway?? email by Stewart Shields to federal and provincial authorities and politicians, Aug 1, 2016 With the knowledge now that bitumen from Western Saskatchewan can very easily reach Prince albert and ruin their water … Continue reading

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Why isn’t AER’s Fox Creek Frac Frenzy Regulatory Failure front page news? AER releases evaluation of its Play-Based (Blanket Approval) DeRegulation Pilot

Why did the AER leave this out of their Fox Creek blanket approval frac frenzy “evaluation?” Fox Creek has now the highest crime severity rating in Canada (rural and municipal) Source Stats Canada Get crime stats on your community here. Click … Continue reading

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Husky kills summer fun and is already prepping to evade clean-up of toxic bitumen and chemical spill in N. Saskatchewan River: “Nature’s gonna fix it so we don’t have to.” Is that a certified oil spill response?

The Solution To Pollution Is Dilution email by Stewart Shields to federal and provincial authorities and politicians, Aug 1, 2016 Are the people of Saskatchewan really going to buy this?? If so they bought in to the old adage—”The Solution To … Continue reading

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CEPA, Canada’s main environmental law isn’t working. Of course it isn’t, the oil and gas industry is largely exempt while emissions of the most harmful chemicals are on the rise. Live in a frac field? Hold your breath, don’t drink the water.

Has Husky disclosed all the chemicals it spilled into the North Saskatchewan River to the Environment Canada, NEB, the provincial government and regulators, and harmed families and communities in Saskatchewan? Wanna bet the company never is made to disclose those … Continue reading

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Husky’s bitumen & chemical spill contaminating drinking water for 70,000 people (so far) in Saskatchewan. “Other than sharing ways to hide, alter, or destroy evidence to protect the guilty, how would the NEB help?”

Coffee and Testicles A guy goes to the Sask. Environment to apply for a job. The interviewer asks him, “Are you allergic to anything?” He replies, “Yes, caffeine. I can’t drink coffee.” “Ok, Have you ever been in the military … Continue reading

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