Category Archives: Global Frac News

Big Oil Shouldn’t Celebrate Quebec’s Flawed Energy Bill Just Yet

Big Oil Shouldn’t Celebrate Quebec’s Flawed Energy Bill Just Yet by Gerard Montpetit, Militant pour les énergies vertes de l’avenir, December 22, 2016, Huffingtonpost.ca In the December 10 edition of the Calgary Herald, an article exuberantly proclaims “Questerre Energy shares soar … Continue reading

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The only safe fracking regulation is a ban

The only safe fracking regulation is a ban by Ann Bristow, December 19, 2016, Baltimore Sun The only way to protect public health and safety in Maryland is to ban fracking in the 2017 legislative On Tuesday, the General Assembly‘s … Continue reading

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California Attorney General, Coastal Commission, others sue feds to block offshore fracking

AG Kamala D. Harris, California Coastal Commission File Lawsuit Challenging Fracking Off California Coastline by Office of the Attorney General, December 19, 2016 LOS ANGELES, December 19, 2016 – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Coastal Commission today … Continue reading

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Excellent Article by Andrew Nikiforuk on Yet Another Study and the EPA’s Final Frac Report, Both Highlighting Fracking’s Harms to Groundwater. The Big Lie by industry, regulators, politicians unravels

New Study, EPA Report Highlight Fracking’s Risk to Groundwater, Oil and gas industry claims undercut by growing body of research by Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Dec 2016, The Tyee.ca Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about the energy industry … Continue reading

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Must read by Andrew Nikiforuk: Why Haig-Brown Matters More than Ever

Why Haig-Brown Matters More than Ever by Andrew Nikiforuk, November 24, 2016,  Campbell River Community Arts Council “Big pollutions are made up of a lot of little pollutions and each one must be detected and fought individually on its home … Continue reading

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“The Alberta Model” Greedy & Gagging in Nova Scotia: Triangle Petroleum leaves taxpayers to clean up frac sites & waste pits, Gags Energy Dept

Fracking company leaves province with the cleanup by Ken Summers, December 14, 2016, Nova Scotia Advocate (KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Ten years after Nova Scotia enticed Triangle Petroleum to experiment with hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in Kennetcook, Hants County, it’s the province … Continue reading

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UK: Councillor wins right to mount High Court challenge over ‘unlawful’ fracking licence in Cheshire; Court placed £5,000 cap on legal costs Mr. Dean will have to pay personally if he loses because he’s trying to protect the environment from frac’ing & drilling harms

Challenge over ‘unlawful’ fracking licence in Cheshire by BBC News, December  15, 2016 IGas Energy is drilling in search of fossil fuels which could potentially lead to fracking An environmental campaigner has won the right to mount a High Court … Continue reading

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Environmental causes of childhood cancers ‘grossly underestimated.’ In Canada, toxic chemicals used by oil and gas industry are exempt under CEPA (1999)

[Refer first to: 2016 10 25: Yale School of Public Health: Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals 2016 09 28: 75% of Drinking Water in America is Contaminated With Cancer-causing Chromium-6; In Canada too? 2016 04 13: Many Oklahomans are sick … Continue reading

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Harmful Levels Benzene, CO2 Detected at MidWest School Surrounded by 744 Active & Abandoned Oil Wells Within 1 Mile Radius, Including CO2 Injection Wells for Enhanced Recovery by Anadarko, Now Owned by Fleur de lis

Report: Wyoming students, teachers fell ill during gas leak by Education Week, November 30, 2016 CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Dozens of students and teachers at a school in a small Wyoming town fell ill while breathing gases from a leaky oil … Continue reading

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UK Fracking giant Cuadrilla fails to lock up a grandmother

Fracking giant fails to lock up a grandmother by Jamie Kelsey, December 12, 2016, New Internationalist Blog Far from frightening off the campaigners by taking one of them to court, Cuadrilla has given them a boost, writes Jamie Kesley-Fry. For anyone … Continue reading

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US EPA Releases Final Frac Report: Rosebud Alberta drinking water aquifers frac’d, water wells contaminated with gas. EPA’s late edits to 2015 draft frac report downplayed the risks, contradicted the evidence, called “bizarre” & “irresponsible.” Like Alberta regulator official, Steve Wallace, secretly editing “independent” drinking water contamination reports to protect illegal aquifer frac’er Encana?

2016 12 11: MUST WATCH! Public Herald’s Melissa Troutman & Josh Pribanic Presentation on PA DEP & US EPA Cover-up of Drinking Water Contaminated by Frac’ing; Call for criminal investigation at federal & state level From some really bad reporting … Continue reading

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MUST WATCH! Public Herald’s Melissa Troutman & Josh Pribanic Presentation on PA DEP & US EPA Cover-up of Drinking Water Contaminated by Frac’ing; Call for criminal investigation at federal & state level

2016 12 11: MUST WATCH! Public Herald Presentation on Pennsylvania Regulator [DEP] Cover-up of Drinking Water Contaminated by Frac’ing 1 hour, 45 Min by Cineplex Rex Public Herald’s Melissa Troutman & Josh Pribanic report on their 3 year investigation of Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Questerre’s partner to frac Quebec is Repsol, creator of 4.8M world record frackquake, day of Ernst vs AER Supreme Court of Canada hearing. “The Alberta Model” Knocks Quebec’s People to their Knees: Gov’t of Quebec Takes Your Land & Rights, Gives Them to the Frackers – For Free

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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The real reason for Quebec’s Frac Bill 106: Questerre Energy shares soar after Quebec passes Bill 106

Quebec paves way for oil, gas exploration with new energy plan by Danielle Bochove and Robert Tuttle, Bloomberg News, Dec. 11, 2016, The Globe and Mail Quebec’s legislature passed a bill that will pave the way for more oil and gas … Continue reading

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Oil & Gas Industry’s Abusive “Alberta Model” Deregulation Crashes into Quebec: Liberals to force controversial energy bill (106) into law despite massive widespread protests

Liberals will force controversial energy bill into law despite protests by Philip Authier, December 7, 2016, Montreal Gazette QUEBEC — The province’s new energy policy designed to guide decision-making until 2030 will be steamrolled into law despite widespread opposition to the … Continue reading

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After years of delays & after reporting 1.5 years ago that industry (Encana) frac’d drinking water aquifers in Pavillion Wyoming & Rosebud Alberta & contaminated water wells with natural gas, etc, & reporting numerous other water supplies contaminated by frac’ing, US EPA’s Final Frac Report expected “soon.”

McCarthy: EPA fracking assessment expected soon, Advisory board recommends further work on chemical toxicity by David Stegon, 29 November 2016, Chemical Watch Global Risk & Regulation News The US EPA will release its final assessment on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) … Continue reading

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Compendium 4.0 Released, More than 900 Studies Showing Overwhelming Harms Caused by Unconventional Oil & Gas Development. Doctors Call for Halt to Fracking

From the last page of Compendium 4.0: Conclusion All together, findings to date from scientific, medical, and journalistic investigations combine to demonstrate that fracking poses significant threats to air, water, health, public safety, climate stability, seismic stability, community cohesion, and long-term economic … Continue reading

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Another new study links groundwater changes to fracking, “Groundwater in valleys appears to be more likely affected than water further upslope”

Study links groundwater changes to fracking by phys.org, November 15, 2016 A new study has found heightened concentrations of some common substances in drinking water near sites where hydraulic fracturing has taken place. The substances are not at dangerous levels and … Continue reading

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New Mexico Supreme Court revives 1999 Shell Oil soil & aquifer contamination case that caused rash of illnesses; Found lower courts erred in preventing harmed residents from introducing scientific evidence and expert testimony at trial

New Mexico court ruling revives oil contamination case by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press, March 4th, 2016 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than 200 current and former residents who claim decades of oil and gas operations led to contamination that spurred a … Continue reading

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Justice Delayed? Ernst Fracking Case Still Awaits Supreme Court Ruling, Alberta landowner’s complex lawsuit has now lasted 9 years (and 3 years before that, with Alberta lawyer)

Justice Delayed? Ernst Fracking Case Still Awaits Supreme Court Ruling, Alberta landowner’s complex lawsuit has now lasted nine years in total by Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Oct 2016, TheTyee.ca Everyone from William Gladstone to Martin Luther King Jr. has recognized that justice … Continue reading

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Crop-dusting company fined for spraying pesticide without registration, but not Encana for violating Alberta’s Water Act, diverting drinking water without a permit, and for violating Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, illegally injecting secret chemicals into a community’s drinking water supply, contaminating it

Alberta crop-dusting company fined for environmental breach by Edmonton Journal, November 14, 2016 A Westlock-based company has been fined $12,500 after admitting it sprayed pesticide from a plane without valid registration. Western Air Spray acknowledged it illegally crop-dusted farmland in … Continue reading

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Really? “Tougher Alberta rules convince oil & gas producers to accelerate well cleanups.” What good does “accelerating” zero do? Why not just clean up now and quit the pathetic whining? Why then did the oilpatch dump their unpaid bills on farmers? The worst is yet to come.

In 2014, the Alberta government demanded to Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Neil Wittmann that Ernst’s lawsuit against them be thrown out because they have legal immunmity like the AER and to prevent future claims by other harmed Albertans: … Continue reading

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Another Alberta farm family poisoned by the oil and gas industry, and their Alberta lawyer Kieth Wilson, settle & gag & betray the public interest: The Sakens settle with Bonavista Energy after area aquifer and farm at Edson contaminated with toxic chemicals. Where’s the AER? Where’s the punitive fine? Where’s Alberta’s Energy Minister? On another cushy trip to China with Encana?

Keep in mind that Lonnie Saken works for Bonavista: *** “This is a government of the people, by the people and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations.” RUTHERFORD B. HAYES *** … Continue reading

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Hypocritical New Brunswick Paving the Way for Fracking to Resume? Will prohibit dumping frack waste in municipal systems and prohibit importing frack waste. Will it be legal to inject it putting communities at risk of being destroyed by earthquakes? And will it be legal to export frack waste?

New Brunswick government says no to fracking wastewater at municipal sites by Andrew Cromwell, November 14, 2016, Global News The Gallant government has addressed one of the more high profile issues in its ongoing moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in … Continue reading

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AER issues another order against Bonavista Energy Corporation for contaminating drinking water aquifers and soil near Edson with sulfolane. Where did the Sakens go? Did they settle & gag?

 AER Order against Bonavista for contaminating drinking water supply near Edson with sulfolane by Don Weleschuk, Acting Director, Closure and Liability, November 8, 2016, Alberta Energy Regulator Under section 113 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act Colin Hennel, Manager, Environment … Continue reading

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“Devastating Domino Effect?” 5.0M Earthquake Causes “Substantial Damages” to 40-50 Buildings in Downtown Cushing, Rattles Residents Across State; Felt as far away as Johnson City, TN, 1297 km away

Officials Update Cushing Earthquake Situation While Clean-Up Begins by News9, November 7, 2016 CUSHING, Oklahoma – An official says 40 to 50 buildings in Cushing, Oklahoma, sustained “substantial damage” in an earthquake Sunday night. Cushing City Manager Steve Spears said … Continue reading

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Dr. Anthony Ingraffea: Fracking and Florida don’t mix, “As usual, a few folks will get rich, everybody else will get negatively impacted, and the state will get left holding the environmental bag, and, finally, we will have killed the Everglades”

Expert: Fracking and Florida don’t mix by Chad Gillis, November 2, 2016, The News Press All the easy oil’s gone, and modern extraction practices aren’t good for Florida anyway. Those were two arguments made by an Ivy League engineer Wednesday in … Continue reading

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35 year-old man killed in tanker trailer explosion in Burnt Lake Industrial Park NW of Red Deer, Alberta Occupational Health and Safety launched investigation

WATCH: Man killed in tanker explosion near Red Deer, Alberta 1 dead after tanker trailer explodes near Red Deer, Alberta Occupational Health and Safety has launched an investigation by CBC News, November 3, 2016 A 35-year-old man is dead after a tanker … Continue reading

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USGS Study: Oil drilling may have caused 1933 California 6.4M Long Beach earthquake that killed about 120 people and caused massive damages. “There may be no upper limit” to the size of earthquakes caused by the oil industry

Southern California’s deadliest quake may have been caused by oil drilling, study says by Rong-Gong Lin II, October 31, 2016, LA Times Damage from 1933 Long Beach earthquake On a March evening in 1933, the Newport-Inglewood fault ruptured violently along the Huntington … Continue reading

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New Study: Air pollutants make a case for walking ver-r-ry slowly. What if you live, go to school or work near or at unconventional oil and gas sites and associated facilities? No working, running, walking, skipping, playing, biking, gardening, lifting, tending livestock? No breathing allowed?

Refer first to: 2016 10 25: Yale School of Public Health: Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals 2016 07 18: 8-year frac health study shows fracking associated with increased asthma attacks: “Those who lived closer to a large number or bigger … Continue reading

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Kiskadden will appeal to Pa. Supreme Court: Appeals Court Won’t Revive Claims Drilling by Range Resources Damaged Kiskadden’s Water Well, Even with damning evidence of frac tracers in Kiskadden’s water. Case to be appealed to Pa Supreme Court, Lawyers providing their services ‘pro bono’ throughout the lengthy process

Gas drilling contamination case could go to State Supreme Court by Don Hopey, November 3, 2016, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Loren “Buzz” Kiskadden will appeal a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruling that takes to task the “reckless” drilling operations of Range Resources, but finds the … Continue reading

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Andrew Nikiforuk honoured with 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 10 29: USA National Science in Society Journalism Awards reception at the Witte Museum in San Antonio Texas: Andrew Nikiforuk’s acceptance speech: To San Antonio/National Association of Science Writers Thank you for this great honor and for inviting me … Continue reading

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Alberta Venture Verbatim interview with Jessica Ernst before the 2015 federal election (that Harper lost): Ernst vs AER at Supreme Court of Canada

Verbatim: Jessica Ernst’s case against Encana and the Alberta Energy Regulator by Alberta Venture Staff, Published December 3, 2015; interview by Email before the 2015 federal election, Alberta Venture Magazine She’s become one of Alberta’s most polarizing figures. In 2007, Jessica … Continue reading

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Dáil Éireann: Bill to ban fracking unanimously passed first stage of approval in Irish Parliament

Ireland Takes Major Step Towards Nationwide Fracking Ban by Lorraine Chow, October 27, 2016, Ecowatch A bill banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Republic of Ireland was voted through the Dáil Éireann (the country’s House of Representatives, so to speak) … Continue reading

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Shell Canada, Fox Creek Alberta: 47 year old worker killed by water hose in AER’s Blanket Approval, “Brute Force & Ignorant” Frac Frenzy Pilot Project

Energy worker, 47, killed on Fox Creek jobsite by Amanda Stephenson, October 25, 2016, Calgary Herald A 47-year-old man was killed in a workplace accident near Fox Creek, Alberta on Sunday. The man, an employee of contractor Secure Energy Services, was … Continue reading

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Yale School of Public Health: Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals; Pennsylvanians Against Fracking Call on Governor Wolf to Implement Statewide Moratorium on Fracking

Pennsylvanians Against Fracking Responds to New Yale Study Linking Fracking to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Call on Governor Wolf to Implement a Statewide Moratorium on Fracking Press Release by Pennsylvanians Against Fracking, October 26, 2016 Pennsylvania – The following is a statement from Pennsylvanians Against … Continue reading

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USGS links Oklahoma’s 5.1M (third largest) earthquake to oil-field disposal wells more than 7 miles away

USGS links 5.1 quake to distant oil-field disposal wells by Mike Soraghan, October 25, 2016, E&E News Scientists have linked one of Oklahoma’s largest recorded earthquakes to oil-field disposal wells more than 7 miles away. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey … Continue reading

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Government withdraws motion to delay frac ban! Ireland: “This is our time to make history,” says Love Leitrim’s Eddie Mitchell. Bill to ban fracking to be debated in the Dáil October 27, 2016

Fracking ban gains ground after Fianna Fáil opposes delay to legislation by Irish Examiner, October 27, 2016 Attempts to get the Government to ban fracking look set to pass their first hurdle, it has emerged. Legislation put forward by Fine Gael … Continue reading

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Two more activists murdered; Escalating murders turn Honduras into no-go zone for protection of human rights and environment

Activists’ murders turn Honduras into no-go zone for environmental by Amnesty International, October 19, 2016 The brutal murders of two land rights activists in Honduras last night are the latest tragedies in a seemingly unstoppable wave of deadly attacks turning … Continue reading

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Democracy Now Interviews Standing Rock Sioux Pediatrician: Threat from Fracking Chemicals is “Environmental Genocide”

Watch: Standing Rock Sioux Pediatrician: Threat from Fracking Chemicals is “Environmental Genocide” by Democracy Now, October 18, 2016 Watch: The complete show (well worth it!) by Democracy Now, October 18, 2016

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