Category Archives: Other Lawsuits

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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Alberta Provincial Court Chief Judge Terrence Matchett: “Justice delayed truly is justice denied.” Wait time for civil cases reaching trial in Alberta can take 2.7 years. Ernst case is in its 9th year with Ernst still waiting to find out if she can start her lawsuit against AER for violating her Charter rights

Top Alberta judges condemn trial delays, demanding Parliament acts to fill vacancies on the bench by Bill Kaufmann, September 28, 2016, Calgary Herald Alberta’s chief judges decried growing trial delays Wednesday, saying they need more help on the bench. Members of a … 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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Peru: Goldman Prize winner Máxima Acuña and husband attacked, severely injured by Newmont Mining Corp security guards; Newmont accused of grossly violating Peruvian landowners’ rights

Peru: Maxima Acuña and Partner Attacked by Mining Firm’s Guards by telSUR, September 18, 2016 Peru’s internationally-renowned environmentalist Maxima Acuña and her partner were severely hurt Sunday morning in an attack by alleged hitmen hired by the mining company they are … 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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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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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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U.S. judge orders Teck Resources to pay aboriginal group $8.25-million

U.S. judge orders Teck Resources to pay aboriginal group $8.25-million by Sunny Dhillon, August 25, 2016, The Globe and Mail Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. says it is “reviewing the implications” after a U.S. judge ruled it must pay an aboriginal group … Continue reading

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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

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BARRISTERS’ BRIEFS Aspiring to Highest Standards of Civility: Excerpt from speech on importance of civility and truth in legal profession by Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Neil C. Wittmann

BARRISTERS’ BRIEFS Aspiring to the Highest Standards of Civility by Maureen Killoran [representing Encana in Ernst vs Encana], QC and Anne Kirker, QC, Spring issue 2016, Vol 1, No 41 Law Matters, Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch With thanks to the … Continue reading

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Alberta Views September 2016 Cover Article: Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin’s remarkable service. The girl from Pincher Creek Alberta who made Canada more just, Some consider McLachlin the only thing that stood between PM Steve Harper and absolute power

Canada’s Top Judge Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin’s remarkable service by Katherine Ashenburg, September 2016, Alberta Views Print copies available by subscription, in stores and libraries. The wind makes you resilient. You learn to stand up against adversity. … … Continue reading

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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

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Louisiana’s Sinking Coast Is a $100 Billion Nightmare for Big Oil, The state can’t pay, so someone has to. And the water keeps rising

Louisiana’s Sinking Coast Is a $100 Billion Nightmare for Big Oil, The state can’t pay, so someone has to. And the water keeps rising by Catherine Traywick, August 17, 2016, Bloomberg From 5,000 feet up, it’s difficult to make out where Louisiana’s … Continue reading

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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

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Jury finds PG & E guilty in 6 of 12 criminal charges for pipeline violations that caused San Bruno explosion, killed 8, destroyed 38 homes and for misleading investigators. In big victory for PG & E, judge cut nearly all of potential $562 million fine to $6M, “Prosecutors made the surprising decision several days into jury deliberations not to pursue a potential $562 million fine if PG&E was found guilty of any of the counts.”

PG&E Guilty Of Misleading Investigators In San Bruno Pipeline Explosion by San Francisco CBS Local, August 9, 2016 A federal jury found California’s largest utility guilty on Tuesday of misleading investigators about how it was identifying high-risk pipelines after a deadly pipeline … Continue reading

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Calgary drilling company, Cathedral Energy Services Ltd., settles US $3.4M lawsuit over its American subsidiary not paying workers overtime

Calgary drilling company settles multimillion-dollar lawsuit over unpaid overtime for workers by Reid Southwick, August 9, 2016, Calgary Herald A Calgary drilling company said it will spend up to US3.4 million settling lawsuits filed against its American subsidiary by drillers who … Continue reading

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Chevron Wins Big in $9.5 Billion Ecuador Oil Pollution Case. Steve Donziger, lawyer for harmed Ecuadorians, fails to sway U.S. Court of Appeals that he didn’t act illegally. More appeals ahead

Chevron Wins Big in $9.5 Billion Oil Pollution Case. But It’s Not Over Yet The lawyer for Ecuadorian victims fails to sway a U.S. court that he didn’t act illegally. Now, more appeals in the 23-year-old case by Paul Barrett, … Continue reading

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Is Alberta’s “Enron Clause” one of Ralph Klein’s skeletons publicly dangled by Lyle Oberg? E-mails reveal how Alberta’s ‘Enron clause’ was orchestrated

Enmax breaks silence on NDP lawsuit, executive who worked for Enron by Don Braid, August 8, 2016, Calgary Herald City-owned Enmax has hunkered down in public silence since the legal assault from the provincial government began. But with the latest … Continue reading

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Tourism operators and St’át’imc, Xatśūll & T’exelcemc First Nations file lawsuits against Imperial Metals and BC government over harms caused by massive Mount Polley tailings pond dam failure

First Nations launch lawsuit against Mount Polley mine by Simon Little, August 4, 2016, News Talk 980 CKNW Today marks two years since a tailings pond dam at the Mount Polley mine breached, releasing millions of litres of tainted water. Now, … Continue reading

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In Texas, wastewater spills get less scrutiny. In Alberta, do they get any?

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

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Hanky Panky Profits Alberta-style? “We think it’s not only unfair to Albertans, it’s also unlawful.” Why then the NDP’s loud silence regarding Encana’s illegal aquifer frac’ing at Rosebud?

PPA flap shows how big utilities are privatizing profits, socializing risks by Duncan Kinney, August 3, 2016, Edmonton Journal Alberta’s big utilities and the right-wing anger machine have been busy whipping up misplaced fear and being hilariously wrong over what is … Continue reading

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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

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“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

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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

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The Many Harms of Synergy Pound On: McLeod Lake Indian Band settles and gags, pulls out of lawsuit. BC Hydro: “the details of the (Impacts Benefits Agreement) are confidential.”

McLeod Lake Indian Band signs Site C benefits deal, Band pulled out of a lawsuit against dam in 2015 by Jonny Wakefield, July 5, 2016, Dawson Creek Mirror The McLeod Lake Indian Band has signed a Site C benefits agreement … Continue reading

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Sioux County landowners win appeal, Judge rules against Nebraska Oil & Gas Commission in frack wastewater case

Sioux County landowners win appeal, District court judge rules against Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission in fracking wastewater case by Maunette Loeks, June 29, 2016, Star Herald A Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s decision to grant a Colorado company permission to … Continue reading

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No-Go Gateway? Federal Court of Appeal quashes Harper govt 2014 approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline

The ruling Notable paragraphs from the ruling with some snaps of valuable comments on Twitter: [125] In the matter before us, several parties brought applications for judicial review against the Report of the Joint Review Panel. Within this legislative scheme, … Continue reading

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Court hearing today: CNRL to pay $500,000 for breaking the law ($425,000 to be given to U of C, how’s that for Synergy Alberta control?). Encana gets fined nothing for breaking the law frac’ing Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers; regulators get fined nothing for fraudulently covering up for Encana

Oilsands giant CNRL fined $500K for hydrogen sulphide gas leaks by Emily Mertz with files from John Cotter, June 24, 2016, Global News Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. will have to pay $500,000 for releasing a potentially deadly gas in two separate … Continue reading

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Want “Frack Master” to write free for your Canadian magazine? SEC: Frack Master (CEO Breitling Energy, Chris Faulkner et al) $80 Million Mass Fraud Funded ‘Lifestyle Of Decadence And Debauchery’

SEC: Fracking CEO’s Mass Fraud Funded ‘Lifestyle Of Decadence And Debauchery’ by Allegra Kirkland, June 24, 2016, Talkingpointsmemo A Texas energy mogul known in the media as the “frack master” allegedly carried out an elaborate $80 million fraud scheme to fund … Continue reading

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Just more AER hot air or a slick devious plan? Alberta looks at different ways of making sure companies clean up old wells (Who is to fix the aquifers Encana frac’d?), AER warns it could go after directors & executives to ensure proper reclamation

Alberta Energy Regulator tries to stem tide of orphan wells, It just got harder to buy oil and gas assets in Alberta by Tracy Johnson, June 21, 2016, CBC News With little fanfare, the Alberta Energy Regulator has tightened up the rules … Continue reading

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Bravo Julien Villeneuve & citizens who stood with integrity! Montreal bylaw restricting protests ruled unconstitutional, Quebec Superior Court judge invalidates key sections of bylaw P6

BREAKING: Montreal bylaw restricting protests ruled unconstitutional Quebec Superior Court judge invalidates key sections of bylaw P6 by Ethan Cox, June 22, 2016, ricochet media Since 2012’s student strike, Montreal police have been using a bylaw called P6 to shut down … Continue reading

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UPDATED: New Alberta judges will help ease burden in the court system, justice minister, but courts still short six judges because of vacancies

A good start on making judges more diverse, The Trudeau government has made a solid start towards making Canada’s judges more reflective of the population as a whole by Toronto Star, June 22, 2016 The Trudeau government has made a solid … Continue reading

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Ninety-nine problems: Supreme Court of Canada denies leave to appeal Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Midwest Properties Ltd. v. Thordarson, Risk of environmental spill liability remains for Ontario officers and directors

Supreme Court of Canada Docket for John Thordarson, et al. v. Midwest Properties Ltd. 2016-05-26 Decision on the application for leave to appeal, Abe Ka Br, The application for leave to appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeal for … Continue reading

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UPDATED The Frac Fraud Rages on and on: Voyles Lawsuit in Pennsylvania accuses Range Resources *and* lab, TestAmerica, of doctoring water test results

Range Resources, TestAmerica accused of fraud in suit by David Singer, June 16, 2016, Observer-Reporter A lab company Range Resources hired to test water in 2011 that federal authorities later found to be contaminated in Amwell Township is being accused in … Continue reading

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Dimock landowners slam Cabot’s attempt to upend $4.2 Million Jury verdict: “Cabot was ‘smarting from a humiliating defeat'”

Cabot Oil Can’t Nix $4M Pollution Verdict, Pa. Families Say by Brian Amaral, June 14, 2016, Law360 Boston — Two Pennsylvania families who say Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.’s natural gas drilling in Susquehanna County contaminated their groundwater blasted the company’s efforts … Continue reading

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BP to Pay $175 Million to settle claims to US investors that “its managers lied about” size of 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill; Current Encana CEO Doug Suttles was one of those managers

BP to Pay $175 Million to Settle Claims It Hid Spill Size by Margaret Cronin Fisk and Laurel Brubaker Calkins, June 2, 2016, Bloomberg BP Plc said it agreed to pay $175 million to settle claims by U.S. investors that its managers … Continue reading

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Mother bankrupt, heartbroken after fight for police accountability in son’s death, 2013 Supreme Court of Canada decision means police can no longer consult lawyer before turning in notes, legal fight left mother devastated: “Because (the government) doesn’t do their job, they destroy people. They have completely financially destroyed me”

Mother bankrupt, heartbroken after fight for police accountability in son’s death, 2013 Supreme Court of Canada decision means that police can no longer consult with a lawyer before turning in their notes, but fight left mother devastated by Jacques Gallant, June … Continue reading

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West Virginia: Judge rules Fayette County’s ordinance banning frac waste is invalid

Judge rules Fayette fracking ban invalid by Sarah Plummer, June 11, 2016, Register-Herald CHARLESTON — A federal judge ruled Friday that Fayette County’s ordinance banning fracking waste disposal is invalid because such regulations are pre-empted by state and federal law. … Continue reading

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Federal Justice Donald Rennie: “Protection of the environment is, unequivocally, a legitimate use of the criminal law purpose.” Tarsands giant Syncrude loses court fight against rules

Oilsands giant Syncrude loses court fight against rules on renewable diesel by Bob Webber, The Canadian Press, June 5, 2016, Calgary Herald OTTAWA – Syncrude has lost its court battle against federal rules on renewable diesel in a case that … Continue reading

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Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin: Canada has “Cadillac justice for the elite and large corporations”

‘Canadian society today is a more just society than it once was,’ top judge says, Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin delivers a wide-ranging speech pegged to Canada’s 150th birthday next year by Tonda MacCharles, June 3, 2016, northbaynipissing.com Canada’s top … Continue reading

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