Category Archives: Global Frac News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How are you enjoying life without water so far? Welcome to Ernst’s world, ten years in. Husky’s toxic bitumen-chemical spill traveled 500 km (so far) in North Saskatchewan River contaminating drinking water supply to many, four communities declare state of emergency.
MUST READ! Worst than a boil advisory! by Gérard Montpetit, La Présentation, Qc, July 28, 2016 On the TV news and in newspapers, we have seen that a pipeline, property of Husky Oil, has spilled more than 200 000 liters of petroleum … Continue reading
Quebec’s Anticosti Island: Will it get frac’d? Dreamers come and go, but it remains an enigma for developers
Quebec’s Anticosti Island: Dreamers come and go, but it remains an enigma for developers by Phillip Authier, July 23, 2016, Montreal Gazette As far back as anyone can remember, people have been trying to make a buck off Anticosti Island. Henri … Continue reading
“Minimal Damage?” Frac waste quakes in Oklahoma keep rising, 4.1M felt 801 km away. Press not reporting it. Authorities diddle & daudle instead of hiring replacement for seismologist Austin Holland. What are Oklahoma authorities afraid of? Studying tens of thousands of frac quakes no one has time for?
M4.1 – 21km W of Perry, Oklahoma by USGS Earthquakes July 17, 2016 2016-07-17 04:17:59 UTC 36.281°N 97.532°W 7.6 km depth Did You Feel It? The data below are the most preferred data available on where the quake was felt, last … Continue reading
Join the Frac Club! Deregulation budget-cut style? “It’s a real nuisance. And for some it could become a real health issue. … Can’t drink, can’t shower, can’t wash your clothes.” Prince Albert declares state of emergency; constructs 30 km long drinking water pipeline as Husky’s massive toxic bitumen & diluent slick invades. Who pays for the damages? Saskatchewan averages two oil spills a day, just like Alberta!
Sask’s oil regulator saw budget cut in June, not known when pipeline that spilled last inspected by D.C. Fraser, July 26, 2016, Regina Leader-Post The 2016-17 provincial budget in June cut funding of provincial offices tasked with enforcing oil and gas … Continue reading
Grovedale Alberta: Water treatment plant in the works for hamlet and surrounding area. Or to serve frac’ers? “The oil companies are looking at any water source they can for fracking”
Water treatment plant in the works for Grovedale and surrounding area by Svjetlana Mlinarevic, July 21, 2016, Daily Herald-Tribune Grovedale residents should have a fully functioning water treatment plant in three years. MD of Greenview Reeve Dale Gervais said council has … Continue reading
“God We’re Dumb!!” Enbridge to pay $177 million for 2010 USA pipeline spills. What does Encana pay for illegally frac’ing Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers in 2004? Nothing. Does the government, AER & Alberta Environment stop Encana from fracing fresh water zones after contaminating the community’s drinking water supply? No.
Tippi • Comment to Saskatchewan city prepares for possible arrival of oil from major pipeline spill Crickets are leading the chorus from the Saskatchewan media. We, in this province, didn’t even know that pipelines could possibly leak. We are baffled by … Continue reading
8-year frac health study shows fracking associated with increased asthma attacks: “Those who lived closer to a large number or bigger active natural gas wells were significantly more likely…to suffer asthma attacks” … “The highest risk for asthma attacks occurred in people living a median of about 12 miles from drilled wells. The lowest risk was for people living a median of about 40 miles away.”
Another health study showing harm, and still, the poisoning goes on and on and on. [Remember: 2015: Oil and gas industry pollution travels hundreds of kilometres, No wonder Harper is muzzling Canadian scientists 2015: Fracing’s long reach: New Study says … Continue reading
More AER de-regulation? Toxic tarsands tailings lakes must be “ready to be reclaimed” within 10 years of mine life end does not mean must be reclaimed.
Tailings ponds and pipeline leaks keep heat on Alberta Energy Regulator by Chris Varcoe, July 16, 2016, Calgary Herald Canada’s energy sector has several formidable issues to deal with, but two of the trickiest surround pipeline leaks and how to deal … Continue reading
Do your children drink secret oilpatch chemicals when they drink milk? Dairy farmers in New Zealand allow oilfield waste spread on their farms. When Radio New Zealand reported it, Taranaki Regional Council spent $85,000 in legal fees fighting it and lost
Taranaki Regional Council spends $85,000 fighting BSA decision by Jeremy Wilkinson, July 15, 2016, Taranaki Daily News The Taranaki Regional Council have spent $85,000 worth of legal fees fighting about a Radio New Zealand segment on landfarming. [Listen to the … Continue reading
Alberta averages two crude oil spills a day for decades and all the AER can do is “urge” companies to improve detection of pipeline leaks? When is AER going to “urge” Encana to fix Rosebud’s frac’d aquifers?
Alberta Energy Regulator tells companies to improve detection of pipeline leaks by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press, July 14, 2016, The Calgary Herald The Alberta Energy Regulator is urging pipeline operators to do a better job of developing and maintaining programs to … Continue reading
NEXEN BLAMES WORKERS for major explosion that killed two at tarsands SAGD steam injection site near Fort McMurray
Nexen says worker error led to deadly blast, reveals design flaws led to pipeline rupture by Reid Southwick, July 12, 2016, Calgary Herald Nexen Energy said a deadly explosion at its oilsands facility in January was caused by employees and exposed “gaps in … Continue reading
MUST READ by Andrew Nikiforuk: The Oil Spill Cleanup Illusion, Why do we pretend to clean up oil spills in the ocean?
L’illusion des nettoyages des marées noires Translation of Andrew Nikiforuk’s article by Amie du Richelieu, July 13, 2016 The Oil Spill Cleanup Illusion, Why do we pretend to clean up oil spills in the ocean? by Andrew Nikiforuk, July 12, 2016, Hakai Magazine … Continue reading
Near zero royalites, “new” subsidies, massive deregulation, massively excessive regulator staff pay notably in propaganda departments (bribery?), government enabling contamination cover-ups and industry wants more? Oil and gas drillers welcome new incentives, but whine, Notley gives in within hours
Alberta’s revamped oil and gas royalty scheme ready for early use: Notley by James Wood, July 12, 2016, Calgary Herald Premier Rachel Notley says oil and gas companies operating in Alberta can choose to immediately start operating under the province’s revamped … Continue reading
NDP Desperation or Malfeasance? Alberta government to throw yet more public money away on high risk frac’ing, including to companies that break the law and contaminate drinking water
A few comments to the Calgary Herald article below: Diana Daunheimer This is hardly a surprising announcement, at a less obvious time, by the NDP to subsidize high risk, high decline and high cost fraccing operations in Alberta, with public … Continue reading