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Speaking tour in Nova Scotia: Award-winning Canadian journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk says Alton natural gas storage project, like hydraulic fracturing, is a dangerous technology that gov’t has given a pass in an effort to assuage the powerful oil industry

Andrew Nikiforuk on tour in Nova Scotia this week speaking on earthquakes caused by frac’ing and his new book Slick Water. Tour details At Acadia to explore the Legacy of Fracking by Wendy Elliott, September 29, 2016, Nova News Now WOLFVILLE … Continue reading

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Dr. Anthony Ingraffea presentation to Yukon. 922 peer-reviewed scientific papers published so far on shale and tight gas dev impacts, “most show clear and present danger.” Morning interview. CBC: “Why not stay with industry and find a better way?” Dr. Anthony Ingraffea: “There is no better way. … There is no other way. There is no less intrusive way. There is no safer way of getting oil and gas out of shale….”

Interview with Dr. Anthony Ingraffea 5 Min. by CBC News, September 29, 2016, event sponsored by concerned citizens A critical look at the full impacts of unconventional oil and gas development presentation by Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, September 29, 2016, Beringia Centre … Continue reading

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Big Legal Victory in Pennsylvania: Supreme Court rules 2012 law unfairly gave frackers illegal “special” treatment; Declares Act 13 an unconstitutional “special law” benefiting specific groups or industries, including its “physician gag order” restricting health-care professionals from getting information about chemicals that could harm their patients

A few of the comments Bob Donnan7 hours ago The citizens of Pennsylvania owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who fought long and hard for the rights of all Pennsylvanians in the bold face of industry and political … Continue reading

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75% of Drinking Water in America is Contaminated With Cancer-causing Chromium-6; In Canada too?

75% of Drinking Water in America is Contaminated With Cancer-causing Chromium-6 by Mike Adams, September 28, 2-16, Global Research, originally in Natural News An Environmental Working Group review of government water analysis data reveals that 75% of drinking water in America … Continue reading

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Maryland’s new frac regulations to prohibit frac’ing within 2,000 feet of private drinking water wells (what about municipal?) and require companies to replace any water supply contaminated by frac’ing (what if companies and regulators always blame nature?)

State introduces fracking regulations, one year ahead of ban’s end by Scott Dance, September 28, 2016, The Baltimore Sun A year before a fracking ban in Maryland expires, the state has proposed rules for the controversial industry. The Hogan administration has proposed … Continue reading

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Regulator hanky panky is expensive: NEB’s corrupted review of Energy East Pipeline cost $685,000, so far, excluding staff salaries

NEB says stalled review of Energy East Pipeline has cost $685,000 by Dan Healing, September 23, 2016 CALGARY – The National Energy Board says its review of the Energy East Pipeline cost at least $685,000 before members of the panel … Continue reading

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“My son was murdered” Drilling through Danger Chapter One: Regulatory vacuum compounds inherent risks; In 12-year span, an oil and gas worker died once every three months on average in Colorado, 51 workers died between 2003-14, victims of a system focused more on protecting industry than its employees

COMING TUESDAY: CHAPTER 2 Oil and gas workers’ safety deteriorates with more subcontractors Inconsistent reporting of oil field deaths has become “a national problem.” by John Ingold, September 25, 2016, Denver Post More than 1,300 workers died in the nation’s oil … Continue reading

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Dr. David Schindler: “Member of Parliament Robert Sopuck claims the Conservative Party is the only party that supports hunters, anglers and trappers, and that the Harper government was particularly praiseworthy for its environmental initiatives. My bullshit-o-meter needle maxed out….”

Why Harper was bad news for Canada’s environment by David Schindler, Sep 8, 2016, Outdoor Canada Knocks for Harper In Outdoor Canada magazine’s recent “Adventure Special” issue, Member of Parliament Robert Sopuck claims the Conservative Party is the only party that supports … Continue reading

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Is AER vs Redwater worsening cleanup of abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta, BC and Sasktchewan? Did AER file the lawsuit intentionally to set legal precedent and dump clean up costs on taxpayers to enhance profits for oil and gas companies?

An Alberta court case is boosting environmental clean-up costs in other provinces by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press, September 22, 2016, Calgary Herald Companies buying energy assets in Saskatchewan and British Columbia are facing higher deposit costs for environmental remediation after a … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Trying to lure investors while frac’ers go bankrupt at record rates? Junex Says Galt Well in Quebec’s Forillon Formation Delivering “Historic Results.”

Junex Says Horizontal in Quebec’s Forillon Formation Delivering Historic Results by Charlie Passut, September 21, 2016, Natural Gas Intel Junex Inc., a junior oil and natural gas explorer based in Quebec City, said a horizontal oil well drilled two years ago … Continue reading

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Will you apologize Mr. Cameron? UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) overturns its ruling to ban Greenpeace frac ad which stated: “experts agree – it won’t cut our energy bills”

Experts agree fracking won’t cut energy bills, ad watchdog rules Emily Gosden, September 21, 2016, The Telegraph Most experts do not agree with David Cameron’s claim that fracking will cut UK energy bills, the advertising watchdog has concluded. The Advertising Standards Agency … Continue reading

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Another greedy frac’er falls, hard, with nearly $1.2 Billion worth of debt: Lightream Resources, was Petrobakken (heavily frac’d the Lochend, NW of Calgary) latest to seek creditor protection. Where’s the protection for the many Lochend families harmed by frac’ing?

Lightstream Resources Ltd is the latest oil and gas producer to seek creditor protection by Geoffrey Morgan, Financial Post, September 20, 2016, Calgary Herald CALGARY – Lightstream Resources Ltd. is seeking protection from its creditors after the oil and gas … Continue reading

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Apache drilling (and frac’ing?) at same depth as source of Balmorhea springs won’t hurt them because water “doesn’t flow up-gradient,” Texas park officials say

“San Solomon Spring, the largest of several springs that bubble up from the deep pool in Balmorhea State Park, produces 20 million gallons of clear water every day” for now: Balmorhea State Park, Texas [Official] 2:55 Min by Texas Parks and Wildlife, August 14, … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia: Mi’kmaq Elders work to protect Shubenacadie River estuary, Stand firm against government and against Alton Gas. Science of trouble at Alton Gas project site: Government gave approval for Alton Natural Gas Storage LP, subsidiary of Calgary-based AltaGas, to release 1.3 million cubic metres of salt into river system over 3 years to create 3 “initial” gas storage caverns

Where is Alton Gas’s greed induced impact assessment? How long before the company gets impatient and triples their dumping into the river to speed up their road to profits? Will frac’d gas be stored in the Alton Gas storage caverns? … Continue reading

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To be frac’d with toxic wastes secretly dumped into the Gulf? Corridor Resources’ Gulf of St. Lawrence oil drilling proposal provokes anger, “We’re reeling, absolutely reeling”

Gulf of St. Lawrence oil drilling proposal provokes anger, Environmental and First Nations groups have opposed the Halifax-based company’s plans by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press, Sep 17, 2016, CBC News Related Stories Old Harry drilling licence extended for environmental assessment Protect … Continue reading

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FrackLNG: Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) calls on Canadian gov’t to conduct Health Impact Assessment on hydraulic fracturing and Pacific Northwest LNG project

CAPE responds to Canadian government approving Pacific NW LNG Media Release by CAPE, September 28, 2016 Vancouver: The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is deeply disappointed to learn that the federal cabinet has chosen to approve construction of … Continue reading

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International Criminal Court (ICC) to include environmental destruction cases, Hague court will prosecute government and individuals for environmental crimes, “Today’s announcement should send a warning shot to company executives and investors that the environment is no longer their playground.”

ICC widens remit to include environmental destruction cases, In change of focus, Hague court will prosecute government and individuals for environmental crimes such as landgrabs by John Vidal and Owen Bowcott, September 15, 2016, The Guardian Environmental destruction and landgrabs could lead to … Continue reading

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Atlantic Film Fest, Halifax Nova Scotia: Premiere of 100 Short Stories film by Neal Livingston, “About predatory Capitalism, renewable energy, stopping the frakers” and more

“100 Short Stories is a beautiful captivating film. Viewers will be enraged and amazed. I wanted ten more 100 stories by Neal Livingston when the film ended.”  Review by Jessica Ernst The Nova Scotia Advocate website Atlantic Film Festival twitter page and … Continue reading

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Alberta Model East: Quebec gov’t to vote in few weeks on deregulating, rights decimating Frac Bill 106; Citizen committees, politicians, Quebec’s powerful famers’ lobby – Union des producteurs agricoles, First Nations, Confédération des syndicats nationaux, Chambre des notaires, Regroupement vigilance hydrocarbures Québec, environmental and community groups, 331 municipalities and even Quebec’s notaries ask gov’t to rework the bad bill

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard Reneges on Promise to Stop Fracking in St. Lawrence, Drill, Bébé, Drill by Alberta Oil Magazine, September 26, 2016 Quebec has come under fire from environmentalists for allowing fracking on an island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. … Continue reading

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Did Petrolia intend to frac all along? After publicly promising for years it would not, Petrolia now says it’s planning to “artificially stimulate” Haldimand oil wells in Gaspé. “Town council cannot accept fracking near homes, near water wells,” Mayor Daniel Côté said.

Gaspé citizens concerned fracking could be on the table for Petrolia’s Haldimand oil project, Petrolia says it may have to ‘artificially stimulate’ reservoir follow tests by Glenn Wanamaker, September 16, 2016, with files from Quebec AM, CBC News The energy firm Petrolia appears … Continue reading

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Queensland’s environmental regulator charges Linc Energy CEO Peter Bond with three indictable offences, If convicted, could face fines or jail time. Linc, in liquidation, faces five charges of willfully and unlawfully causing serious environmental harm. When will Encana be charged for willfully and unlawfully frac’ing and contaminating Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers?

Linc CEO charged with environmental breaches, If convicted, Mr Bond could face a fine of more than $310,000 per offence, or even jail time by The Australian, September 15, 2016 Queensland’s environmental regulator has filed a complaint and summons against the founder … Continue reading

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U.S. judge halts fracking plan for federal lands in California; Fracking’s Risks Are Too Obvious to Ignore

Judge blocks Central California oil development over fracking by David R. Baker, September 7, 2016, sfgate A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from opening more than 1 million acres in Central California to oil … Continue reading

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And they want to frac Florida? Massive sinkhole causes vast waterfall of wastewater into Floridan drinking water aquifer

Sinkhole on toxic pond has neighbors fuming by ABC Action News, September 16, 2016 The company that kept secret a massive sinkhole that drained a 215 million dollar radioactive pond into an underground aquifer said it didn’t go public with … Continue reading

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September 25 – October 1, 2016: Andrew Nikiforuk’s Nova Scotia Slick Water Speaking Tour: “The Legacy of Fracking: From Earthquakes to Jessica Ernst”

The Legacy of Fracking: From Earthquakes to Jessica Ernst with Andrew Nikiforuk by Inverness County Centre for the Arts 2011 09 10 Still of Andrew Nikforuk presenting at Cochrane, Alberta by BC Tap Water Alliance Date/Time Date(s) – Sunday, September 25th 2016 … Continue reading

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Insurer Lloyd’s Wins Right to Fight New Dominion Lawsuit in N.Y. Over Oklahoma Quake Coverage; Lloyds refusing to pay damages claiming water and chemicals injected for fracing doesn’t qualify as pollution

Lloyd’s Wins Right to Fight in N.Y. Over Oklahoma Quake Coverage by Robert Burnson, September 09, 2016, The Washington Post with Bloomberg Lloyd’s of London has kept its lawsuit against New Dominion LLC over fracking out of the state where … Continue reading

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Record Breaking 5.8M Oklahoma Earthquake May Mean More Class Action Litigation Involving Hydraulic Fracturing

September 3 Oklahoma Earthquake May Mean More Class Action Litigation Involving Hydraulic Fracturing by Dykema Gossett PLLC, September 13, 2016 On Saturday, September 3, an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale shook Oklahoma and states as far away as Nebraska, … Continue reading

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Andrew Nikiforuk wins Rachel Carson Environmental Book Award Honourable Mention for Slick Water: As one judge put it, a “story of the women in the fracking horror show.”

Winners: SEJ 15th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment by The Society of Environmental Journalists, September 2016 The Society of Environmental Journalists is proud to present the winners of the 2015-2016 Awards for Reporting on the Environment. SEJ’s journalism contest is … Continue reading

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Andrew Nikiforuk wins USA National Science in Society Award for Slick Water. “NASW’s Science in Society Journalism Awards honor and encourage outstanding investigative and interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact for good and ill.”

2016 Science in Society Journalism Award winners announced Press Release by The National Association of Science Writers, September 12, 2016 – 13:08We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Science in Society Journalism Awards, sponsored by the National Association … Continue reading

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NE BC, near Dawson Creek: Explosion at Encana fracking water facility injures worker. “We don’t know the hydrological and geological implications of drawing the saline aquifer down. We may be creating a different kind of problem.”

[Refer first to: Will an honest and integral investigation be conducted by the RCMP given their murky past with Encana, energy regulators and government? 1999: RCMP bombed [in cahoots with Encana, an AEC (Encana predecessor)] oil site in ‘dirty tricks’ … Continue reading

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Spencer, Oklahoma: 3.8M earthquake felt by 1,300 people up to 928 km away. Question for NEB’s Darrin Barter (previously synergizing enabler at AER): When trucks drive by, are they felt 900 km away?

M3.8 – 0km WSW of Spencer, Oklahoma by USGS, 2016-09-09 02:06:29 UTC 35.521°N 97.385°W 5.0 km depth Snap from Google maps, data added from USGS Employees At Pawnee Business Worried Returning To Work by Melissa Hawkes, September 9, 2016, NEWS ON … Continue reading

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UPDATED: 3.8M earthquake location changed from Yorkton to Esterhazy, Saskatchewan; Numerous injection wells there. Caused two hour power outage for several communities. Unbelievable quote by seismologist Dr. Honn Kao, Geological Survey of Canada: “Man-made activity will not cause this kind of magnitude event unless it’s nuclear explosion”

Natural Resources Canada changed the 3.8M Saskatchewan earthquake location from southeast of Yorkton to east of Esterhazy. The reported story tone changes a bit, does not mention Yorkton or explain why the location changed. Yellow push pins with white font … Continue reading

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Is AER President & CEO Jim Ellis, paid $600,665.11 wages in 2015, lying? To make AER look like a regulator? To impress Canadians because of NEB’s & Peter Watson’s (past Deputy Minister Alberta Environment, helped cover-up Encana’s law violations, contamination of Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers, tried to bully Ernst silent) fall into public disgrace? Is AER itchy about Supreme Court of Canada ruling ahead in Ernst vs AER?

Thank you Mike De Souza and National Observer! Pipeline panel recuses itself, chairman reassigned from Energy East duties by Mike De Souza, September 9th 2016, National Observer The panel reviewing the Energy East pipeline has recused itself in the wake … Continue reading

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U of Calgary, U of Alberta get $75 million *each* from Canadian taxpayers to legitimize (synergize) and spread AER/CAPP/petroleum industry propaganda, to enable continued devastation and harms to Alberta’s environment, communities and people and spread them across Canada

Excellent comments by Diana Daunheimer and Rob Schwartz. 4 Comments Tariq Munir · Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Calgary, Alberta Canada While working to reduce environmental footprint, I realized that too many groups were involved to converge to viable … Continue reading

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Excellent letters in Edmoton Journal: Abandoned well clean-up diagnosis correct, but not the cure

Saturday Letters Clean-up diagnosis correct, but not the cure August 13, 2016, Edmonton Journal Re. “Ask for help with defunct wells,” Letters, Aug. 10 Did I interpret Edmonton-Riverbend MP Matt Jeneroux’s letter correctly? Is he really suggesting that Alberta and Canadian taxpayers … Continue reading

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Authorities still don’t know what caused Husky’s spill into N Saskatchewan River, or, don’t they want to let the harmed families and communities, and public know? Did Husky intentionally delay responding to the leak knowing the bitumen would sink, Intentionally delay to make nature carry the pollution burden?

Saskatchewan to inspect oil pipelines near rivers and lakes due to Husky Energy spill by The Canadian Press, September 9, 2016, The Globe and Mail Saskatchewan says it will be inspecting all oil pipelines that cross rivers, lakes or other bodies of … Continue reading

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Pawnee earthquake upgraded to magnitude 5.8 from 5.6; 2011 earthquake near Prague upgraded to 5.7 from 5.6

USGS Upgrades Pawnee County Earthquake To 5.8 Magnitude by Matthew Nuttle, Sept 7, 2016, NEWS9 The United States Geological Survey (USGS) upgraded the magnitude of Saturday’s earthquake in Pawnee County from a 5.6 to a 5.8 on the Richter Scale. … Continue reading

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Big Oil’s Big Lie Continues to Unravel: Texas officials found 50 cases of groundwater contamination in 2015; 570 since 2006!

Texas officials found 50 cases of groundwater contamination in 2015 by Mike Soraghan, September 6, 2016, E & E News Russell Ray called Texas officials last year because he suspected the oil and gas wells surrounding his home in Lubbock made his … Continue reading

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5.6M (originally reported as 5.8) Pawnee Oklahoma Earthquake Officially Largest In State History with Many “Felt” Aftershocks; USGS might upgrade it to 5.7M

Snap of tweets before the 5.8M Pawnee earth quake was downgraded to 5.6M MORE DOWNGRADING. IS INDUSTRY PUTTING THE PRESSURE ON IN MORE WAYS THAN DOWN HOLE? Three Earthquakes Rumble In Grant County by Matthew Nuttle, Sept 06, 2016, NEWS9. GRANT COUNTY, Oklahoma … Continue reading

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Anticosti fracking could cause earthquakes, says Maurice Lamontagne, Geological Survey of Canada seismologist; U.S. Midwest, Alberta, British Columbia enduring earthquakes due to ‘human activity’

Anticosti fracking could cause earthquakes, expert says, U.S. Midwest, Alberta, British Columbia enduring earthquakes due to ‘human activity’ by Elysha Enos, September 5, 2016, CBC News A 5.6-magnitude earthquake that shook the U.S. Midwest on Saturday is being linked to the … Continue reading

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Meet “Candidatus Frackibacter,” New type of bacteria found flourishing inside hydraulic fracturing wells

New genus of bacteria found living inside hydraulic fracturing wells by Pam Frost Gorder, September 5, 2016, phys.org Ohio State University researchers and their colleagues have identified a new genus of bacteria living inside hydraulic fracturing wells. These jars contain samples … Continue reading

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