Category Archives: Global Frac News
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
Stupidest deflection study yet. How much money did CAPP pay for it to be published? An important reported 2017 tidbit about CAPP, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers: “This year, CAPP is charging members a fee of $4.64 per barrel of oil … 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 directives, 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
What’s a Frack Ban For? For Country, Security, Public Health, Safe Food & Drinking Water! For Communities, Farm & Family and Democracy! What Does Fracking Bring? Lots of Permanent Harms, Eradication of Long Term Jobs, “Widespread industrialisation, permanent environmental degradation, and severe damage to public health.”
Fracking: ‘We argued and protested. We met at marts and concerts. We persisted and we succeeded’ by Scott Coombs, Member Love Leitrim, June 17, 2017, The Journal A BAN ON fracking on the Irish onshore cleared its last major hurdle on … Continue reading
Unknown ‘oil’ substance spills into Bow River and Western Irrigation Canal by Calgary Herald, June 16, 2017 Calgary firefighters worked to contain a mystery spill near Harvie Passage on Friday. Crews responded to reports of an unknown substance in the Bow … Continue reading
Authority Bias Protecting Big Oil & Gas? CN Rail fined $2.5 million for spilling 90 litres diesel into North Saskatchewan River; Will Husky be charged & fined for spilling 225,000 litres bitumen into it? Encana not charged, fined nothing for intentionally injecting 18 Million litres frac fluid and more of other fluids into a community’s drinking water aquifers while continuing to refuse to disclose the toxic chemicals in the mix
Subject: Fw: CN Rail fined $2.5 million for spilling 90 litres diesel into North Saskatchewan River; What will Husky be fined for spilling 225,000 litres oil into it? Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:35:32 -0600 From: Stewart Shields To: Ministre … Continue reading
Family’s lawsuit against aquifer fracker Encana gets boost from federal judge, Lockers have right to introduce evidence backing up claim of bias due to Encana’s funding of State’s investigation
Family’s fracking lawsuit just got a boost from a federal judge by Heather Richards, Jun 15, 2017, Casper Star-Tribune A Wyoming family won the right to call one of Gov. Matt Mead’s advisers to provide evidence in its case alleging that a gas … Continue reading
Characterization of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluids for wells located in the Marcellus Shale Play
Characterization of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluids for wells located in the Marcellus Shale Play by Huan Chen and Kimberly E. Carter, 15 September 2017, Journal of Environmental Management Volume 200, Pages 312–324, doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.05.069 •517 chemicals were used for fracturing … Continue reading
Another Settle & Gag to Keep Details Under Alberta’s Toxic Rug? Prairie Mines & Royalty (previously Obed) Fined $4.5 Million For Spilling Toxic Waste, Contaminating Athabasca River; Encana Fined Nothing for Breaking the Law, Fracturing, Contaminating Rosebud’s Drinking Water Aquifers
Guilty plea leads to $925,000 penalty for Obed Mountain Coal Mine spill Press Release by AER, June 9., 2017 Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC will be required to pay a total penalty of $925,000 as a result of a spill … Continue reading
Irish Cattle & Sheep Association welcomes ban on fracking, “Fracking offers no tangible benefits to landowners or rural communities. It provides no upside for farmers but potentially a lot of downside….”
Farming association welcomes ban on fracking by Ronan Dodd, 10 Jun 2017, Tipperary Star ICSA president Patrick Kent has welcomed news that the Bill banning fracking in Ireland has now passed through all stages of the Dáil. Commenting on the impending … Continue reading
Water, not gas, is our main resource by Stephen Bowker, Victoria, June 11, 2017, Times Colonist Hey B.C., stop this myopic squabbling about electricity and natural gas and look what is happening in the world markets. Fracking not only caused … Continue reading
California Farmer Blames Fracking Waste Water Injection For Water Quality Issues; Files Lawsuit Against Companies Involved While “Regulator” Enables the Pollution
California Farmer Blames Fracking For Water Quality Issues by Sara Jerome, June 6, 2017, A farmer in California claims fracking wastewater injected into the ground is tainting the environment and harming his crops. Farmer Mike Hopkins is waging a legal battle … Continue reading
Nelson Wednesday June 7th @ 5:00 pm Civic Theatre, 719 Vernon Street Kamloops June 8th @ 7:00 pm Smorgasbord Deli, 225 7th Ave. Vancouver Friday June 9th @ 7:00 pm Vancouver Public Library Peter Kay / Alma VanDusen Room 350 … Continue reading
New study on diesel pollution: “There is strong evidence that particulate matter (PM) emitted mainly from diesel road vehicles is associated with increased risk of heart attack, heart failure, and death.” Ever wonder why so many get sick when the oil & gas industry invades your home & community? Air pollution cost Canadians $36 Billion in 2015 alone!
DIESEL POLLUTION LINKED TO HEART DAMAGE, PM2.5 associated with harmful changes to heart structure and function Higher education protective against the damage by European Society of Cardiology, 26 MAY 2017 Prague, Czech Republic – 26 May 2017: Diesel pollution is linked with … Continue reading
Ireland “Victory for the long term.” Frac bill passed in Dail! “The scientific evidence overwhelmingly shows that permitting fracking in Ireland and Northern Ireland would pose significant threats to the air, water and the health and safety of individuals and communities here.”
Congratulations Ireland and all who worked so hard to protect their country, communities, families, water, air, food and lands! Courage Both the boar’s head and the knight’s helmet denote courage, fierceness and endurance in battle. 2017 01 16: Condolences from Ireland … Continue reading
Ban on fracking imminent – probably! by Leitrim Observer Reporter, 27 May 2017 After six years of lobbying, presentations, demonstrating, petitions and publicity events, campaigners against fracking in Ireland last Wednesday had succeeded in getting a private members Bill put through … Continue reading
Firestone Colorado: Much larger pocket of industry’s explosive gas discovered after 3,000 Anadarko wells shut down because of fatal home explosion caused by Anadarko’s leaking methane
Watch news clip at link: New pocket of gas discovered in Firestone neighborhood by Kevin Vaughan, KUSA TV, May 25, 2017, News9 Click to watch news clip A new concern about underground gas in a neighborhood in Firestone. It’s the same neighborhood where … Continue reading
Supreme Court of Canada took a year & a day to rule on Ernst v. AER, a much less complicated case! Texas Supreme Court rules in two months that energy regulator doesn’t have exclusive jurisdiction over McAllen’s radioactive contamination win against Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. (previously Forest Oil), Refuses to wipe out $22.7 million (US) arbitration award while Supreme Court of Canada punts Ernst’s “valid Charter claim” against AER into outer space, orders Ernst to pay AER’s legal costs
Ernst’s lawsuit was filed two years after McAllen’s. Ten years later, Ernst’s lawsuit is nowhere near discovery yet, never mind trial and appeals of a trial win. Ernst’s lawsuit rots in preliminaries, and will likely rot many more years in … Continue reading
Corrections to Kevin Van Tighem’s “Betrayed – The Jessica Ernst Decision” published (without fact checking) by Alberta Views on the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in Ernst vs AER
Updated with Andrew Nikiforuk’s slides. Ernst Presentation: “To What Extent Does Abuse of Power Help Oil & Gas Development in Canada?” Frac Conference, Cochrane Ranchehouse by ACORRDS: IMPACTS OF FRACKING & RENEWABLE ENERGY ALTERNATIVES
The Nikiforuk & Ernst presentations were recorded by Will Koop from Vancouver and will be uploaded to youtube soon. Complete slides of Andrew Nikiforuk’s talk (in PDF) Some slides included below: *** One attendee wrote this about Ernst’s presentation: I … Continue reading
After communities say “NO!” to fracking, Shoal Point Energy claims it can produce oil from Newfoundland shales without fracking. Another corporate con to get licence with which to later frack?
Let’s drill without fracking: Shoal Point Energy not giving up on western N.L., Some area residents say they don’t want any drilling for oil in the region by Colleen Connors, April 28, 2017, CBC News Shoal Point Energy is not giving … Continue reading
Peru’s courageous Supreme Court serves justice (compare to Canada’s cowardly fact-fabricating Supreme Court in Ernst vs AER). Huge legal victory for Landowner Máxima Acuña! Deals blow to US-based Newmont Mining Corp’s “long-stalled efforts to build a US$5 Billion gold mine”
Victory for Peru’s Campesina Activist Maxima Acuña Against Mining Giant by telesur, 3 May 2017 Acuña’s fight has been an inspiring story as a victory for small Indigenous farmers against transnational corporate power. Peru’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor … Continue reading
Thank you to the many reporters and journalists with the courage, integrity and ethics to report honestly on matters of importance to humanity instead of just about money and feeding greed, often at great risk to themselves and very low … Continue reading
Argentina: Unanimous vote! Entre Rios province creates more protection for Guaraní Aquifer region and prohibits “The prospecting, exploration and exploitation of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons by non-conventional methods, including the fracking technique.” This on top of over 50 municipal bans across the country.
Dear Diego and All who have been part of this historical fracking ban, Wonderful news, we rejoice with you All, your success encourages us all even more to continue in our efforts globally to keep our water, land and air, … Continue reading
Investigation finds Anadarko guilty, not Nature in Firestone Colorado home explosion: Investigators say industry’s gas migrated into home from abandoned flow line attached to energy well, killed two, injured two. How many homes globally have industry’s methane migrating into them, putting lives at risk with regulators everywhere looking the other way?
MUST WATCH RAW: Firefighters detail cause of deadly Firestone home explosion 21:06 Min., Firestone Fire Chief Press Conference, May 2, 2017, News9 Transcribed from the conference: This monitoring uncovered the presence of combustible gas in the french drains in the window wells of … Continue reading
UPDATED with complaint against the lying AER & Alberta govt by Stewart Shields. Comment by Diana Daunheimer: “Grant Thorton LLP triple dipping, with the help of the AER?” AER vs Redwater: AER seeks leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada
Nikiforuk: Canada’s Methane Leakage Massively Under-reported, Studies Find, New data shows ‘fracking and LNG industry is a much dirtier industry than it is made out to be.’
One of the comments: annie_fiftyseven “Methane can also migrate from well sites into soil where it kills vegetation or contaminates groundwater. It can also surface in people’s homes, basements and water well pumps … “ … where it explodes and … Continue reading
Fracking is bad health policy by Courtenay Howard and Trevor Hancock, April 26, 2017, Vancouver Sun Concerns about the health effects of ‘fracking’ — formally called hydraulic fracturing — are high, and Maryland has just become the third U.S. state to ban … Continue reading
Is Anadarko leaking explosive methane into homes in Colorado? Company to shut down 3,000 oil wells after fatal home explosion April 17, 2017 in Firestone, Weld County that killed two, injured two.
How many fatalities and home explosions have been caused by the oil and gas industry’s leaking “natural” gas? How many have been silenced by settlements and gag orders? How many billions in liabilities has the oil and gas industry, the … Continue reading
Nasty Slick Water Florida Politicians! Triple betrayal! Fracking investment bill would undo 2016 Supreme Court ruling
Fracking investment bill could undo court ruling by Associated Press, April 26, 2017, WFLA TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida power companies may soon be able to charge customers to fund out-of-state fracking projects under a measure that is moving ahead in the … Continue reading
Oil Soaked Fascist Canada Keeps on Sliding: Drops again in 2017 World Press Freedom Index. All the better to frac us with coast to coast to coast?
Canada’s World Press Freedom rank: 2015 – 8th 2016 – 18th 2017 – 22nd *** SUPREME COURT OF CANADA ENABLES MEDIA LOCK-UPS FOR CASES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST Creepy: The Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery requested media lock-up for release of … Continue reading
From Smokes to Smokestacks: Lessons from Tobacco for the Future of Climate Change Liability. Do Comparisons Between Tobacco and Climate Change Liability Withstand Scrutiny?
From Smokes to Smokestacks: Lessons from Tobacco for the Future of Climate Change Liability by Martin Olszynski, Sharon Mascher and Meinhard Doelle, April 25, 2017, Georgetown Environmental Law Review (2017, Forthcoming) 36 Pages Abstract In this article, we imagine a future Canada (circa 2030) wherein … Continue reading
Oregon House passes 10-year fracking ban by Tracy Loew , April 25, 2017, Statesman Journal The Oregon House has passed a 10-year ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. There currently are no operational hydraulic fracturing wells in Oregon, but there is … Continue reading
Want a job that kills babies? New Study in Pennsylvania: Fracking strongly related to increased mortality in young babies – Polluted well water is likely cause
PDF of the complete study: There’s a World Going on Underground —Infant Mortality and Fracking in Pennsylvania Fracking kills newborn babies – polluted water likely cause by Oliver Tickell, 25th April 2017, The Ecologist A new study in Pennsylvania, USA shows that … Continue reading
Fox Creek’s Barb Ryan provides excellent summary of Canada’s new tarsands study insanity! Industry under-reporting VOC pollution by factor of 2 to 4.5. Is industry also under-reporting toxic frac pollution & drinking water contamination?
Comment by Fox Creek’s Barb Ryan to the study: So, let me get this straight. Industry is not /was not reporting properly, comprehensively, or accurately. (We already knew that) AER, the best in the world, doesn’t notice or doesn’t care, … Continue reading