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Here come more frac quakes! Northeast B.C. ‘cautiously optimistic’ as natural gas drilling recovery takes hold

Northeast B.C. ‘cautiously optimistic’ as natural gas drilling recovery takes hold by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, April 16, 2017, Edmonton Journal CALGARY — Increasingly empty industrial yards around the northeastern B.C. city of Fort St. John are … Continue reading

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Corporate Greed Knows No Bounds, Especially in Alberta: Despite economic slowdown, Alberta work fatalities jump by 15 per cent last year

Despite economic slowdown, Alberta work fatalities jump by 15 per cent last year by Chris Varcoe, April 16, 2017, Calgary Herald As the provincial economy geared down last year, the number of Albertans who died on the job still went up, … Continue reading

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What Is It Like to Live Without Running Water? Recent study predicts that in next 5 years, more than 1/3 of Americans will not be able to afford water

New WHO report raises alarm on dirty water, The World Health Organization says nearly two billion people on the planet do not have access to clear drinking water. The new report urges considerable increases in revenue to meet the growing demand … Continue reading

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PEI Draft Water Act: ‘How come fracking isn’t in the legislation?’ Because the PEI government lied, like all governments in Canada lie when it comes to fracking, federally and provincially?

‘How come fracking isn’t in the legislation?’ public gives feedback on draft Water Act About 50 people showed up to the last of 4 public consultation meetings by Sarah MacMillan, April 13, 2017, CBC News About 50 people attended the province’s … Continue reading

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Australia Documentary by Brendan Shoebridge, The Bentley Effect, on Keeping Unconventional Gas Out, Tours Australia & UK: “It’s as simple as that, ‘Bugger Off!'”

Website: The Bentley Effect, The Story of a Social Movement   The Bentley Effect – Official Movie Teaser 3:46 Min. Full Film Length: 1:25:25 Release Date: April 17, 2017 [Refer also to: 2015 12 18: Community stops Australia’s NSW Northern Rivers CBM/CSG … Continue reading

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After decades of lies to landowners and the public by CAPP, industry & energy regulators, University of Guelph Study Proves Potentially Explosive Methane Leaks from Energy Wells Affects Groundwater, Travels Great Distances, Poses Safety Risks. Will the lies stop now? Not Likely. Will groundwater monitoring begin now? Not Likely.

Methane Leaks from Energy Wells Affects Groundwater, Travels Great Distances, Study Confirms, Researchers call for effective monitoring in Canada by Andrew Nikiforuk, April 12, 2017, TheTyee.ca A new University of Guelph study proves what many western Canadian landowners have long documented … Continue reading

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Another Study! Federal and provincial scientists, BC OGC and AER Prove hydraulic fracturing directly caused (August 17, 2015) 4.6M frac quake in NE BC

Fluid Injection and Seismic Activity in the Northern Montney Play, British Columbia, Canada, with Special Reference to the 17 August 2015 Mw 4.6 Induced Earthquake by Alireza Babaie Mahania, Ryan Schultzb, Honn Kaoc, Dan Walkerd, Jeff Johnsond, and Carlos Salasa, April … Continue reading

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AER at it again: Trying to make the public believe it’s a regulator. Energy watchdog escalates scrutiny of pipeline operators to reduce spills. When AER escalates nothing, it’s still nothing.

Energy watchdog escalates scrutiny of pipeline operators to reduce spills by Reid Southwick, March 31, 207, Calgary Herald Alberta’s energy watchdog is escalating its scrutiny of pipeline operators with far more reviews of their ability to detect spills and prevent them … Continue reading

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Ireland: Parliamentary watchdog backs ban on fracking: “Risks outweigh the benefits.” Warned it would be “irresponsible to allow it”

Fracking is irresponsible, Dáil inquiry says by Sean O’Driscoll, April 11 2017, The Times A parliamentary watchdog has backed a ban on fracking and warned that allowing such exploration would be irresponsible. … In its report, seen by The Times and to be published … Continue reading

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Triple Nasty Liar? Purpose of Steve Harper’s Trade Deal with China? Alberta Company Northern Cross Ltd. filed $2.2-billion lawsuit against Yukon government over frac moratorium

Snaps taken April 11, 2017 of Northern Cross Yukon Ltd.’s website: That’s some “company.” Mammoth suit filed against Yukon government, Northern Cross Ltd. has filed a $2.2-billion lawsuit against the Yukon government over a fracking moratorium by Emily Blake, April 10, … Continue reading

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April 28, 2017, Vancouver Public Library, 7 – 9 pm: The Health Effects of LNG and Fracking, Event Organized by Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment BC

The Health Effects of LNG and Fracking Event organized by Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment BC on April 28, 2017, eventbrite Fracking may have very significant effects on our health, from air and water pollution to climate change. Jurisdictions across the world … Continue reading

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Must Watch! New German Documentary (with English Subtitles): The Tricks of the Oil and Gas Corporations/Die Tricks der Öl- und Gaskonzerne Verschmutzen und verharmlosen

MUST WATCH! The Tricks of the Oil and Gas Corporations 44:28 Min. Documentary by NDR.de, April 6, 2017, English subtitles by Charlie Williams Die Tricks der Öl- und Gaskonzerne Verschmutzen und verharmlosen by NDR.de, March 6, 2017 Oil and gas producers like ExxonMobil are promising safe production and … Continue reading

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New Trend? Bill to ban most fracking in Nevada wins approval by 7-4 vote

Bill would ban most fracking in Nevada by Sean Whaley, April 6, 2017, CARSON CITY — A bill to ban fracking on non-federal lands in Nevada won approval in an Assembly Committee on Thursday after being amended to grandfather in existing permittees. … Continue reading

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Ohio: Fracking Suspended Near Wayne National Forest After 3.0M Earthquake. UK suspends fracking when it creates 0.5M earthquakes, Alberta & BC at 4.0M

Investigation Continues Into Earthquake Near Wayne National Forest Fracking Sites by Gabe Rosenberg & Sam Hendren, April 5, 2017, WOSU Public Radio Oil and gas drilling operations in southeastern Ohio were shut down on Sunday after a 3.0 magnitude earthquake … Continue reading

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What will President Trump do? Build a tall wall to block out the sun? Kentucky Coal Mining Museum switches to solar power: “We believe that this project will help save at least $8,000 to $10,000 off the energy costs on this building alone, so it’s a very worthy effort”

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum switches to solar power by Travis M. Andrews, The Washington Post, April 6, 2017, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Housed in a former commissary building and tucked into the hollers of Harlan County – the heart of Kentucky mining country – … Continue reading

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AER continues to let tarsands companies off the hook for not readying their waste lakes for clean up. Who’s surprised? 13 years after Encana broke the law, fracked Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers, AER still not making Encana clean up

Oilsands showdown coming over cleanup of tailings ponds: report by Bob Weber, March 30, 2017, Calgary Herald EDMONTON – Alberta’s oilsands could be heading for another showdown over tailings ponds after an independent assessment found that the cleanup plans of … Continue reading

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Republican Maryland governor signs fracking ban into law

Maryland governor signs fracking ban into law by Brian Witte, AP, April 4, 2017, The Washington Post Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill Tuesday to ban the hydraulic fracturing drilling process known as fracking in Maryland, the first state … Continue reading

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New University of Guelph study on methane migration in sand aquifer in Ontario: “Potentially explosive methane gas leaking from energy wells may travel extensively through groundwater and pose a safety risk”

Potentially explosive methane gas mobile in groundwater, poses safety risk: U of G study, Methane that leaks into atmosphere a powerful greenhouse gas by University of Guelph, April 5, 2017 Summary: Potentially explosive methane gas leaking from energy wells may travel extensively … Continue reading

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Lexin & AER, Both a Disgusting Mess. Ralph Klein’s multibillion dollar liability is about to blow up in Alberta’s face. Or did it years ago but Albertans were too greedy & selfish to care?

Refer first to (will be interesting to see who gets discovery documents first, Ernst or AER): 2017 04 04: How many years will it take for Encana to heed Alberta’s Rules of Court and respect the parties’ 2014 agreed-upon Protocol … Continue reading

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Hypocrites! Health Canda wants “expanded powers” to strengthen regulation of natural health products but not toxic frac chemicals – not even to make companies disclose their secret frac brews to families breathing them! Not even to disclose Health Canada’s own frac health hazard report!

Health Canada wants to strengthen regulation of natural health products by Caly Weeks, March 31, 2017, The Globe and Mail Health Canada wants expanded powers that would allow it to pull dangerous cosmetics and natural health products from store shelves and … Continue reading

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As millions are sickened with thousands dying from oil & gas industry fumes and London Taxi Company rolls out new electric taxi, Oil industry mulls its long-term fate as electric cars set to take over

Evolution or revolution, change is inevitable for auto sector by Chris Varcoe, April 4, 2017, Calgary Herald Standing in front of a classic 1932 Auburn sedan and just a few feet from a shiny new Tesla Model X, Larry Burns surveys the … Continue reading

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Brilliant take down by Diana Daunheimer of Wildrose Party MLA Prasad Panda’s Alberta Oil Promo Piece: “Canada should put a stop to importing oil”

Diana Daunheimer on March 27, 2017 There are so many misconceptions and lack of understanding presented here about our resource realities in Alberta, of which Mr. Panda is either wilfully or negligently ignorant, or simply a talking head for TransCanada … Continue reading

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Justice & Illegal Dumping for all? Investigation reveals oil & gas drilling waste dumped illegally (even after told to stop) at multiple Fayette County locations, including Magisterial District Judge Richard Kasunic II’s office and a Dairy Queen

Investigation reveals oil and gas drilling waste dumped at local magistrate, Dairy Queen by Alyssa Choiniere, Mar 29, 2017, Herald Standard An investigation conducted by the Office of the Attorney General revealed oil and gas industry waste was illegally dumped at multiple … Continue reading

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Alberta children at risk from deadly radon gas in their schools? Radon testing done in schools across Canada to survey for cancer risk, only 1% of Alberta schools tested. What’s Alberta hiding? Too many decades of fracking, waste injection & enhanced oil recovery release too much radon in Alberta?

Comment to posting of this post on Alberta Surface Rights Group Facebook Page: Rob Schwartz Perhaps Alberta’s lack of testing for radon might have a lot to do with the venting , flaring , land spreading , and oilfield solids disposal … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania “Environmental” Regulator Sues Communities for Trying to Protect Their Environment and Banning Frac Waste Injection Wells

Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection Sues Towns for Trying to Protect Their Environment by Rural America in These Times, March 30, 2017 Fracking injection wells, which blast millions of gallons of water mixed with chemicals deep underground to expand fissures … Continue reading

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Terrible News! Another jury award overturned on a frac harm lawsuit: Federal Judge overturns $4.24M unanimous jury award in methane contamination of Ely & Hubert drinking water after fracking by Cabot Oil and Gas Co. Orders new trial if settlement not reached.

New Trial Ordered Over Bad Evidence In Cabot Fracking Case by Ryan Boysen, March 31, 2017, Law360 Last year’s upset trial victory by a solo practitioner facing off against megafirm Norton Rose Fulbright in a yearslong groundwater contamination suit may … Continue reading

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Australia Esso Longford plant: Toxic PFAS chemicals found in dam and groundwater

Esso Longford plant: Potentially toxic chemical found in dam and groundwater by Emma Field, March 22, 2017, The Weekly Times UPDATE: A POTENTIALLY toxic chemical has been found in a dam and groundwater at gas company Esso’s Longford plant, which is … Continue reading

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Neal Livingston’s first feature film, 100 Short Stories, wins Energy Award by Cinema Verde, one of the top 6 environmental film festivals in the USA

Press Release – for Immediate Release March 30, 2017 Cape Breton Nova Scotia filmmaker Neal Livingston is pleased to advise that, 100 Short Stories has won the Energy Award, by Cinema Verde, one of the top 6 environmental film festivals … Continue reading

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South Africa: Government approves fracking in the Karoo

Government gives green light for shale gas fracking in Karoo by Jenna Etheridge, March 30, 207, News24 Cape Town – The government has given the go-ahead for shale gas development in the Karoo region, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on … Continue reading

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University of Calgary Study: Deadly levels of radon gas in one in eight Calgary homes – that may dramatically increase after companies get fracking

Study finds deadly radon gas exceeds safe levels in one of eight Calgary homes by Shawn Logan, March 29, 2017, Calgary Herald An invisible killer is lurking inside one in every eight Calgary homes, an alarming University of Calgary study has found. … Continue reading

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“Poor” Cenovus (Encana spawn) buying most of ConocoPhillips Canadian Assets for $17.7 Billion, Suffield Block up for sale. “We will expect our Canadian Forces to hold a party of hotdogs and beans to celebrate getting rid of a major Canadian polluter!!”

Subject: encana (now cenovus) selling suffield to help buy conocophillips’ canadian assets (at $17.7 billion) Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:54:31 -0600 From: Stewart Shields <email hidden; JavaScript is required> To: email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is … Continue reading

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Republic of Ireland: Sligo county councillors voted unanimously (against Chief Executive Ciaran Hayes!) for the second time to retain ban on fracking in county development plan

Sligo to retain ban on fracking in county development plan, Council chief, backing activity, cites conflict between national and local government needs by Marese McDonagh, March 27, 2017, Irish Times Rural fracking. Cllr Declan Bree said the ban had been welcomed by the … Continue reading

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Maryland Senate voted 35-10 to ban fracking

Maryland lawmakers vote to ban fracking by Associated Press, March 27, 2017, WBAL Maryland lawmakers voted Monday to ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas, a process better known as fracking. The Senate voted 35-10 for a measure that … Continue reading

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Canadians value, worry about country’s supply of fresh water, But not oil soaked Albertans

Canadians value, worry about country’s supply of fresh water: poll by Shawn McCarthy, March 20, 2017, The Globe and Mail Canadians [excluding Albertans] see fresh water as the country’s most important resource, but worry the country faces a growing risk to … Continue reading

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Mortgage Denied! “Long form valuation has revealed 4 gas wells on the land, making the security unacceptable for residential lending purposes”

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North Dakota oil spill in creek 3 times larger than first estimated, “making it one of the most significant pipeline spills in North Dakota history”

Oil spill in creek originally underestimated, making it one of largest in North Dakota history by Amy Dalrymple, March 23, 2017, The Bismark Tribune This Dec. 10 photo by the North Dakota Department of Health shows an oil spill from the … Continue reading

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Firefighters: Increased disclosure needed for fracking emergencies: “Not requiring fracking companies to disclose trade secret chemicals to those we entrust with our safety, even during a disaster, is just plain irresponsible.”

Firefighters: Increased disclosure needed for fracking emergencies by Marc Kovac, March 23, 2017, Twinsburg Bulletin COLUMBUS — A Youngstown firefighter urged state lawmakers March 22 to require increased disclosure to emergency responders of chemicals used in horizontal hydraulic fracturing. [Ought to … Continue reading

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Addams Family Actor John Astin speaks out against fracking: “There’s nothing funny about poisoning drinking water”

Addams Family Actor Lends Voice to Fracking Opposition, In an ad, John Astin said there’s nothing funny about poisoning drinking water by Associated Press, March 23, 2017, NBC Boston The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the … Continue reading

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AMAZING! JUSTICE SERVED IN COLORADO USA (UNLIKE IN CANADA): Colorado appeals court says state must protect health & environment before allowing oil & gas drilling, Court sided with Boulder teen Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Ruled protection of public health & environment is “a condition that must be fulfilled”

Ruling might force Colorado to block drilling within cities Press Release by Bruce Baizel, Earth Works, March 23, 2017 Denver, March 23 -Today the Colorado Court of Appeals (in a 2-1 decision) held that the Oil and Gas Conservation Act … Continue reading

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Frack ban advances to Maryland Senate floor

Fracking ban advances to Maryland Senate floor by Josh Hicks, March 22, 2017, The Washington Post  A bill to ban hydraulic fracturing in Maryland cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, days after Gov. Larry Hogan (R) surprised advocates by endorsing the … Continue reading

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