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Debriefing Elsipogtog, The Anatomy of a Struggle 206 pp by Miles Howe, May 2015, Fernwood Publishing, ISBN: 9781552667446

2015 Miles Howe book, Debriefing Elsipogtog The Anatomy of a Struggle

Elsipogtog vs. Big Oil: Recounting the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society resistance, When capitalist exploitation met grassroots resistance by Miles Howe, May 14, 2015,

[Libro] Resistencia global al fracking 30 de abril, por Ecologistas en Acción 30 de abril, por Ecologistas en Acción

Todas las versiones de este artículo: [English] [Castellano]

Ponemos a disposición libre el texto íntegro de “Resistencia global al fracking. El despertar ciudadano ante la crisis climática y democrática” de Samuel Martín-Sosa Rodríguez (coord.) [1].

Sin embargo, os pedimos que, si os lo podéis permitir, lo compréis, pues eso es lo que da viabilidad a la editorial Libros en Acción que publica el libro. Lo podéis adquirir aquí.

Sobre este libro

Este libro pretende ser ante todo un elemento de inspiración para el activismo antifracking. Una forma de visibilizar la fortaleza y determinación de nuestra lucha, además de un guiño solidario para aquellos lugares del Planeta donde los activistas lo tienen más difícil. Es un intento de conectar acciones y visiones de personas y movimientos que no se conocen, pero que se resisten por igual a asumir la inercia de la lógica dominante, que nos vende que nuestra sociedad necesita seguir extrayendo hidrocarburos para que la economía no colapse. La sociedad está despertando y tomando conciencia de que, precisamente seguir por esa vía es lo que nos hará colapsar.

Presentamos 15 luchas icónicas de resistencia a varios niveles, en lugares muy diversos del Planeta, contadas en primera persona, que demuestran que la resistencia global al fracking goza de buena salud. Las prohibiciones, moratorias y abandonos de empresas que se suceden por diferentes partes del mundo así lo atestiguan. Experiencias que esperamos puedan inspirar a otros en su propia lucha.

Un capítulo introductorio analiza además cómo hemos llegado hasta aquí, cuáles han sido los logros principales del movimiento y cuál es su potencial en el actual contexto de multi-crisis. El libro también pretende aportar frescura, algo esencial para mantener el ánimo en la lucha. En este sentido se incluye una colección de anécdotas o curiosidades que la impetuosa irrupción del fracking nos va dejando. En su apartado final el libro aporta un sencillo argumentario de bolsillo para recordarle a quienes cuestionan a este movimiento de resistencia, que sobran las razones para oponerse al fracking.

La lucha contra el fracking ofrece una oportunidad para profundizar en un debate serio sobre el tipo de sociedad que queremos, con la participación de las personas, haciendo emerger los valores colectivos al debate social, y permitiendo tomar conciencia de que lo que le interesa a la industria del gas y el petróleo y lo que nos interesa a todos como sociedad, son cosas claramente distintas.

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2015 05 07 Book Cover Resistencia Global Al Fracking, Global Resistance to Fracking coord by Samuel Martin-Sosa Rodriguez

2015 05 07 Book Global Resistance to Fracking, coordinated by Samuel Martin Rosa Rodriguez

Book: Global Resistance to fracking by Ecologistas en Acción, April 30, 2015

This book aims, first and foremost, to be a source of inspiration for anti-fracking activism, a means to make the strength and determination of our struggle more visible and, in addition, a gesture of solidarity with those places in this world where activists have it hardest. It is also an attempt to bring together the actions and visions of people and movements who don’t know each other, but who all refuse to accept the inertia of the dominant dialectic, which sells us the idea that our society needs to continue to extract hydrocarbons to avoid economic collapse. Society is awakening and growing aware of the fact that it is precisely continuing along this path that will lead to its collapse.

In this book, we present a selection of 15 iconic struggles at very different levels. The majority of the stories are told by their protagonists, in the first person, and it could not have been any other way. There are personal battles in the courts, like that of the Lisa Parr family in Texas, or Diana Daunheimer in Canada; battles at the local level to secure the right to prohibit the practice, such as that in the town of Dryden in New York State. Romania and Poland inspire us with a stoic struggle by peaceful farmers against corporate power protected by a repressive government. We also find campaigns that sought an alliance of different sectors to form a united front, like in the account contributed by Neuquén Multi-Sectorial Platform Against Fracking, in Argentina. Or initiatives that spread like wildfire, like the decision to ‘lock the gate to mining companies in Australia, the ‘Frack Free Municipalities’ campaign in Spain, and the Korbach Resolution in Germany. These and other iconic and inspiring battles are this book’s main contribution to global fracking resistance.

The stories have been chosen because they contribute something distinctive, something useful to other movements, or something special that deserves to be shared. Many other stories have been left out of this book. They are equally valuable stories full of courageous experiences that I hope will not be forgotten.

The book includes stories from Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and Oceania. Asia is the real missing element. I have tried everything to include a case of community resistance from China, a country with vast reserves that is already producing shale gas commercially. I have asked repeatedly, through about a dozen different contacts, of various individuals and NGOs working with China on a variety of projects related to energy and the environment. But all of my efforts have been to no avail. I have not managed to get in contact with any resistance movements because none of the people I asked are aware of the existence of any. Social resistance is not an easy topic in China, as we all know. However, the final conclusion at which I arrived was that in those rural areas over which this threat hovers, communities are more preoccupied with other, more visible concerns, and that as a result, this issue, at the moment, does not generate social alarm in that country. This is deeply troubling, and here I would like to invite the global anti-fracking movement to place China, and other countries where no mobilisation yet exists, on the political agenda. Only when we have a global fracking ban will we truly have won.

Global anti-fracking resistance is alive and well. The first chapter analyses how we have arrived at this point, the main achievements of the movement and its potential in today’s multi-crisis context.

This book also aims to be a breath of fresh air, which is essential to keep spirits up during the fight. Toward the end, we include a selection of anecdotes and curious facts that the unruly arrival of fracking is leaving us with.

In its final chapter, the book contains a simple pocket battlecard to remind those who question this resistance movement that there is no shortage of reasons to oppose fracking.

Book in English in PDF

About this book ……………………………………………………………………………………7

A timeline and some snapshots of the resistance …………………………… 11
Samuel Martín-Sosa Rodríguez, International Coordinator, Ecologistas en Acción

Mother courage ………………………………………………………………………………… 25
Diana Daunheimer and family (Alberta, Canada)

Lock the gate! ……………………………………………………………………………………. 31
Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith, National Toxics Network / IPEN (Australia)

The cradle of European resistance……. ………………………………………………….. 37
Maxime Combes, ATTAC France and AITEC (France)

Occupy Chevron Poland: Squatters and farmers in the same trenches………… 41
Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart (Żurawlów, Poland)

Fracturing the American dream ……………………………………………………….. 47
Joanne Cipolla-Denis (Dryden, New York, USA)

Rural environmentalism: The fight for Pungeşti  …………………………….. 55
Maria Olteanu, Frack Free Group (Romania)

Frack free municipalities …………………………………………………………………… 65
Íñigo Leza, Fracking Ez Araba (Basque Country)

Keeping ‘place of thirst’ safe……………………………………………………………… 71
Jeanie le Roux Director of Operations for Treasure Karoo Action Group
(South Africa)

The biggest thing since the arrival of the railway …………………………… 85
Kathryn McWhirter, Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association
(Balcombe, England)

A battle against plundering, contamination and death …………………. 91
Neuquén Multi-Sectorial Platform Against Fracking (Argentina)

Peaceful revolt on the Irish border …………………………………………………… 95
Tom White (Northern Ireland)

Shale gas in Algeria: Another form of energy colonialism ……………… 99
Hamza Hamouchene Co-founder of Algeria Solidarity Campaign (Algeria)

Lisa and the curse …………………………………………………………………………….105
Anxela Iglesias This story has been constructed based on telephone conversations
with Lisa Parr (Texas, USA)

From regional to international: Korbach Resolution, a grassroots guideline document ….111
Andy Gheorghiu Promoter of the Korbach Resolution (Germany)

New York, New York …! …………………………………………………………………..117
Wenonah Hauter Executive Director of Food & Water Watch (USA)

Anecdotes and curious bits … ………………………………………………………..123
Samuel Martín-Sosa Rodríguez International Coordinator, Ecologistas en Acción

Basic talking points from the trenches…………………………………………..135
Samuel Martín-Sosa Rodríguez International Coordinator, Ecologistas en Acción

Rebecca Harms, José Bové and Florent Marcellesi Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament

The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, August 5, 2014, Beacon Press Product Code: 8493 ISBN: 978-080708493-9

Across the country, fracking—the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing—is being touted as the nation’s answer to energy independence and a fix for a flagging economy. Drilling companies assure us that the process is safe, politicians push through drilling legislation without a serious public-health debate, and those who speak out are marginalized, their silence purchased by gas companies and their warnings about the dangers of fracking stifled. The Real Cost of Fracking pulls back the curtain on how this toxic process endangers the environment and harms people, pets, and livestock. Michelle Bamberger, a veterinarian, and Robert Oswald, a pharmacologist, combine their expertise to show how contamination at drilling sites translates into ill health and heartbreak for families and their animals. By giving voice to the people at ground zero of the fracking debate, the authors vividly illustrate the consequences of fracking and issue an urgent warning to all of us: fracking poses a dire threat to the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even our food supply. Bamberger and Oswald reveal the harrowing experiences of small farmers who have lost their animals, their livelihoods, and their peace of mind, and of rural families whose property values have plummeted as their towns have been invaded by drillers. At the same time, these stories give us hope, as people band together to help one another and courageously fight to reclaim their communities. [Emphasis added]

2014 Bamberger and Oswald The Real Cost of Fracking How America's Shale Gas Boom is Threatening Our Families Pets and Food

Brief review of threats to Canada’s groundwater from the oil and gas industry’s methane migration and hydraulic fracturing by Ernst Environmental Services (EES), June 16, 2013

French Translation by Amie du Richelieu, June 16, 2013

FrackingCanada: The Science is Deafening – Industry’s Gas Migration

Updates will be ongoing as more contamination information becomes available.


Submissions of the Gas Migration Paper:

Earlier editions of this report were submitted:

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation January 11, 2012

The Québec Évaluation Environnementale Stratégique (ÉES) sur le Gaz de Schiste January 15, 2012

June 13, 2013 to Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment, Scoping Report for Oil and Gas Licensing

June 17, 2013 to Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel reviewing frac impacts

June 17, 2013 to Wheatland County Council

June 18, 2013 to Rocky View County Council

June 24, 2013 to Monsieur Normand Boulianne, chef de service, Service de l’aménagement et des eaux souterraines, Direction des politiques de l’eau Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs

Please specify if your new law’s exemption for 50,000 litre injections or less is per stage or all stages of a frac, per individual perforated zone or total injections via all perforations in a well bore, and how often a company can legally inject 50,000 litres of frac fluid at different time intervals into the same perforation of a well bore.

 June 26, 2013 to Lancashire County Council

The Science is Deafening 
Industry’s Contamination Everywhere 
Regulator and Protective Agencies Run for Cover

Date (2013)

June 13 EES Gas Migration paper submitted to UK Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment, Oil and Gas Licensing

June 14 ERCB closes the Campbell’s (Alberta ranchers) drinking water contamination investigation after 8 years of investigation*

June 15 Encana misses their promised deadline to file Statement of Defence on the Ernst vs Encana case after being served April 2011

June 16 BC Tap Water AllianceFrackingCanada and Ami(s) du Richelieu broadcast the EES Gas Migration paper globally

June 17 EES Gas Migration paper submitted to Council of Canadian Academies expert panel reviewing frac’ing; report due soon

June 18 US EPA announces 2 year delay of comprehensive frac study

June 20 US EPA pulls out of Pavillion water contamination investigation after 4 years;Encana takes over with $1.5 million donation

June 24 Duke Study #2 on drilling and frac’ing causing methane contamination of groundwater published online, affirms Study #1

Duke Study #1 reported 17x more methane in groundwater near drilled and frac’d wells, published online May 9, 2011.

EES = Ernst Environmental Services

The Big Squeeze: North American Regulator and Protective Agency Close Controversial Groundwater Contamination Cases














Adapted from the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission’s (built and “conceived based on the companion site” and Vinson & Elkins’ Fluid Disclosure Requirements Chart

Appropriate baseline water testing requires complete chemical disclosure before fracing.

Stimulation = fracing  = completion

What is a Hazardous Material Information Review Act Claim Exemption?
Within Canada, any supplier who is required, pursuant to the provisions of the Hazardous Products Act, to disclose the chemical identity or concentration of any ingredient of a controlled product may, if the supplier considers such information to be confidential business information, claim an exemption from the requirement to disclose that information by filing a claim for exemption under the Hazardous Material Information Review Act.

International Association of Oil and Gas Producers Creates European Fracfocus “NGSFacts” and promotes big oil propaganda group “Energy-in-Depth

“Energy In Depth” – A Reporters’ Guide to Its Founding, Funding, and Flacks

Colorado starts levying fines for late FracFocus reports by Mike Soraghan, E&E, October 18, 2013

2013 06 18 snap of NGSFacts map


“In terms of the chemical substances used in fracking he said that all of them would be declared in Europe, unlike in the US or Canada.” [note proprietary ingredients above and below]


European Fracfocus “NGS Facts” launched June 18, 2013: “NGS Facts is a voluntary natural gas from shale (NGS) Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid and Additive Component Transparency Service, managed by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers”

All Frac Chemicals to be Declared in Europe, unlike in the US or Canada

Alberta joins British Columbia in partial disclosure of frac chemicals, by, January 1, 2013.
Secrets permittede.g.for one of the 4 wells posted in Alberta so far, as of February 3, 2013:

Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Chemicals, CAS#/MIRC# not provided
Dec 1 2012 – Dec 3 2012, 08-33-053-10W5, Artisan Energy:
CARRIER FLUID      TG-740    Not Available
ADDITIVE                 HB-4           Trican Breaker 0.46%
ADDITIVE                 HX-2W       Trican Crosslinker 0.44%
ADDITIVE                 Hg-2            Trican Gelling Agent 0.46%
ADDITIVE                 S-12             Trican Surfactant 0.16%

Source:  Screen Capture of, February 3, 2013

FracFocus has ‘serious flaws,’ Harvard study says by Mike Soraghan, April 23, 2013, E&E News
A study by a new Harvard University policy initiative says the website has “serious flaws” as a means of disclosure for hydraulic fracturing chemicals used in oil and gas production, and state governments shouldn’t be relying on it. The study says FracFocus has a one-size-fits-all approach that doesn’t account for different state requirements, prevents many kinds of searching and gives drilling companies too much leeway to miss deadlines or withhold information as trade secrets.

“States have written tough disclosure requirements, backed by robust public information laws,” said Kate Konschnik, policy director of the Harvard Environmental Law Program. “However, when those same states direct companies to report to FracFocus, they give up a lot of oversight authority. Meanwhile, the public’s ability to seek additional information or challenge trade secret claims is lost when an agency is not in possession of the disclosures.” … Disclosure of hydraulic fracturing chemicals is now required in 18 states. Of those, 11 allow or direct drilling companies to report on FracFocus. … The administrative costs of the website are paid by the American Petroleum Institute and America’s Natural Gas Alliance, and industry officials say it is the best means of disclosure. Many of the aspects of FracFocus criticized by the Harvard study are supported by oil and gas industry groups.

‘An impenetrable interface’

The report , titled “Legal Fractures in Chemical Disclosure Laws,” echoes the complaints of open-government groups, environmentalists and the Obama administration’s “fracking” study panel that FracFocus has serious flaws as means of government-made disclosure. It comes as the Obama administration is expected to endorse FracFocus as a means of disclosure of the fracturing chemicals used on federal public lands (EnergyWire, Feb. 8).

The study says FracFocus “fails as a regulatory compliance tool” because government agencies that use it give up control to the website and the companies. … And, the study says, the site lets operators decide when to conceal chemical ingredients as trade secrets. Because of that, the report says, trade secret claims are widely inconsistent.

Those inconsistencies can be difficult to detect because FracFocus requires users to open the disclosures one at a time as PDF documents, rather than letting users see data on multiple wells in a spreadsheet.

The report calls it “an impenetrable interface that prevents users from accessing more than one disclosure form at a time, thereby virtually eliminating any real search functionality.”

The Harvard researchers used data from the environmental group SkyTruth that “scraped” the information from the site and put it in tabular form. They found that companies often claimed trade secret protection for chemicals at one well that they had already disclosed at another.  [Emphasis added]

Source: Legal Fractures in Chemical Disclosure Laws, Why the Voluntary Chemical Disclosure Registry FracFocus Fails as a Regulatory Compliance Tool by Kate Konschnik with Margaret Holden and Alexa Shasteen, April 23, 2013, Harvard Law School

Alberta to start using FracFocus as of December 31, 2012 but not for any of the 171,000 previously frac’d wells– the ERCB publicly and in regulatory documents states that all chemicals are disclosed if requested but this promise does not occur in reality – not even when companies intentionally frac into community drinking water supplies above the Base of Groundwater Protection

“FracFocus was the vehicle we’ve chosen to ensure the information is easily available,” said ERCB spokesman Bob Curran. B.C. energy ministry based the site on, developed in the United States. Enhanced reporting is required for new Alberta wells as of Dec. 31 but companies have 30 days after the well is fractured to submit and ERCB staff will then have to populate the site, meaning information won’t be visible immediately. Companies are required to report the start and finish dates of operations, fluid system components, the purpose of the components, additive ingredients and the maximum concentrations of each ingredient in the system, said Curran. He added the website will not give prior notification of fracturing [making it impossible to protect groundwater and water wells]…. [Emphasis added]

ERCB Lawyer to Ernst, April 24, 2012: However, the ERCB does not currently require licensees to provide detailed disclosure of the chemical composition of fracturing fluids.

FracFocus is just a fig leaf for the industry to be able to say they’re doing something in terms of disclosure Voluntary Fracking Reporting? Bloomberg: Chemicals Not Reported, Half of All Wells “Obscured”

Legal loophole keeps fracturing mixes murky by Jennifer Hiller, February 3, 2013, Fuelfix
Of 12,410 instances of hydraulic fracturing in Texas between April 2011 and early December 2012, companies used terms such as “proprietary,” “secret” or “confidential” 10,120 times while reporting data on the website, according to data collected through early December by the Houston-based Pivot Upstream Group and analyzed by the San Antonio Express-News. In the Eagle Ford Shale, the South Texas field that has become one of the hottest oil and gas plays in the nation, the trade secret exemption was used 2,297 times in 3,100 fracturing events. [Emphasis added]

Fracking trade secrets would get no protection under draft Alaska rule January 3, 2013
Companies will not be able to keep trade secrets for hydraulic fracturing ingredients if a proposed Alaska rule is adopted. The chemical disclosure rule, part of draft fracking regulations released late last month by the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, is similar to other states’ orders in every way except one major issue: trade secret exemptions. … Cathy Foerster, one of three commissioners of the state agency, took the lead on developing the rules and said a trade secret exemption clause was left out on purpose. [Emphasis added]

Testimony on hydraulic fracturing and public disclosure of all chemicals used in the process to The Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Number 033, 3rd Session, 40th Parliament, Evidence presented in Ottawa, November 23, 2010
MP Nathan Cullen
Mr. Dunn, to bring you back to another conversation, we had one of your competitors up earlier committing publicly to disclose the chemicals used in the fracturing process. Is that something Encana is doing right now or is willing to do in the future?  
Mr. Richard Dunn (Vice-President, Canadian Division, Regulatory and Government Relations, Encana Corporation): 
Yes, we’re doing it now.

Sky Truth Fracking Chemical Database released November 14, 2012
Texas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and five other states require disclosure through FracFocus to respond to public calls for transparency, but with the tools provided by FracFocus, data aggregation and analysis is impossible. Despite these critical shortcomings, the White House has identified this website as a tool for providing transparency. “With this information, SkyTruth provides critical oversight of an industry that has a history of secrecy and of fighting tooth and nail to avoid public disclosure of the toxic chemicals it uses,” said Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance.

“The intelligible disclosure of industry information and data through this SkyTruth action will make the task of research on the effects of fracking much easier,” said Dr. Tony Ingraffea, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. “This large and ever-expanding dataset is invaluable for cross-referencing with other datasets such as health and environmental quality.” 

Source: SkyTruth Fracking Chemical Database

We acquire the data from the website, which publishes voluntary disclosure reports produced by oil and gas drilling operators. … The database contains details about each fracking operation: location, date, well depth, volume of water, as well as details about chemicals used in the fracking fluid including name, quantity, and Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) number. However, many of the chemical components included in the reports are withheld by the operator as “trade secrets”. Unfortunately, the voluntary public disclosures available to us on the FracFocus website do not provide anything close to a complete disclosure data set. We do not have reports for all the wells that have been fracked, and in the reports that we do have, many chemical components are explicitly withheld. We are currently researching the disclosure rate to try to estimate how much is missing. …

You can view and download the entire data set from our Frack Checmical Database Download page.  You can also find the data set along with some great analysis and visualizations at

  • We looked at the ongoing, unpermitted use of diesel fuels in fracking, apparently in violation of the Safe Drinking Water act.
  • Most recently, we examined disclosure rates in West Virginia and concluded that state and industry data were so incomplete that the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking ranged from only 0% to 31.6%.

APEGGA, Professional Engineers and Geoscientists, Water and Hydraulic Fracturing in Alberta: The Facts November 2011
Almost 167,000 wells have been fractured in Alberta
The Energy Resources Conservation Board has detailed requirements for drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations

Alberta ERCB lawyer Ms. Patricia M. Johnston, Q.C. wrote Ernst in April 2012: However, the ERCB does not currently require licensees to provide detailed disclosure of the chemical composition of fracturing fluids

Petroleum Truth Report by Arthur Berman

2013 Book The real dangers of shale gas

Les vrais dangers du gaz de schiste [Format Kindle] by Danièle Favari

THE ENERGY OF SLAVES, Oil and the New Servitude by Andrew Nikiforuk, September 2012, Greystone Books

Whenever citizens object to chaotic drilling, hydraulic fracturing, water contamination, or environmentally devastating pipeline routes, the oil companies simply pour money into local community organizations, build sports facilities, and fund Republican candidates in the United States. Like petro autocrats, they crudely purchase consent and studiously buy silence. p. 199

Quand des citoyens s’objectent aux forages chaotiques, à la fracturation hyrdraulique, à la contamination de l’eau, ou à des trajets de pipelines environnementalement dévastateurs, les pétrolières investissent généreusement dans des organismes communautaires locaux, construisent des centres sportifs et appuient financièrement des candidats Républicains aux États-Unis. Comme des autocrates pétroliers, ils achètent le consentement des gens et leur silence. Translation by Friends of the Richelieu

All high-energy-use countries, from Communist China to the United States, treat rural areas as dumping grounds for exploitive industries and nuclear waste, using the excuse that no one lives there. p. 89

Tous les pays grands consommateurs d’énergie, de la Chine communiste jusqu’aux États-Unis, considèrent les régions rurales comme des sites de vidanges pour les industries d’exploitation et les déchets nucléaires, prenant comme excuse que personne n’y vit. Translation by Friends of the Richelieu

Heather Mallick’s favourite books of 2012 by Heather Mallick, December 24, 2012, Toronto Star
It was not a splendid year for books, as the great publishing shakeout began. Digital publishing began to overtake ink and paper, publishers went under and authors were poor, no change there. Great fiction was thin on the ground and most of my choices for Best Books of 2012 are non-fiction, many Canadian. But they were wonderful. Take a bow, Andrew Nikiforuk, whose The Energy of Slaves broke new ground. … Physical labour was once done by slaves. Post-abolition, it was done by coal and oil. Fossil fuels are mankind’s new slaves, worked to such an extent that our need of them has made slaves of us. Try doing without electricity for 10 minutes. Try 12. Andrew Nikiforuk, Canada’s greatest journalist, has written a stunning book that approaches the coming disaster in a startling way. We are the plantation slaveowners of the planet. The average North American consumes 23.6 barrels of oil a year, the equivalent of the work of 89 human slaves. As the era of cheap energy reaches its end, what will we do without our slaves? I have never read a better book on the way we live now, on the plain fact that the Industrial Revolution did us in. The fact that The Energy of Slaves has received little attention is proof of the chaos of the publishing industry, journalism and our own self-love. But it sure is nice here on the plantation, 50 appliances sweating away for my personal comfort as I type this. [Emphasis added]

The Hill Times’ List of Top 100 Best Political, Government, Public Policy, and Canadian History Books In 2012 by Kate Malloy, Bea Vongdouangchanh, Chris Plecash, Jessica Bruno, Laura Rykewaert, December 10, 2012, The Hill Times
ANDREW NIKIFORUK, author of The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude. “We sit around, scratching our heads, wondering why the global economy seems to be slowing down, why Europe is such a mess, why U.S. oil consumption is actually declining, and why Japan has entered a period of rapid stagnation. A lot has to do with decreasing flows of energy due to the increasing cost of energy.

Expert Panel to Understand the Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction by Council of Canadian Academies
John Cherry Chair, Associate Director G360 Centre Applied GW Research, Adjunct Prof School of Eng, U of Guelph
Michael Ben-Eli, Founder & Director of the Sustainability Laboratory, New York
Lalita Bharadwaj, Associate Prof, Toxicologist, School of Public Health, U of Saskatchewan
Rick Chalaturnyk, Prof of Geotechnical Engineering, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, U of Alberta
Maurice B. Dusseault, PT Prof of Engineering Geology, Dept of Earth and Environmental Sciences, U of Waterloo
Bernard Goldstein, Prof Environmental and Public Health, Graduate School of Public Health, U of Pittsburgh
Jean-Paul Lacoursière, Associate Prof, Chemical Engineering Dept, U of Sherbrooke
Ralph Matthews, Prof Dept Sociology U BC; Prof Emeritus of Sociology, McMaster U
Bernhard Mayer, Prof of Isotope Geochemistry, Dept of Geoscience, U of Calgary
Jennifer Miskimins, Associate Prof, Petroleum Eng Dept, Colorado School of Mines
John Molson, Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Hydrogeology of Fractured Porous Media, Dept of Geology and Geological Engineering, Laval U
Kelly Munkittrick, Sc Director, Canadian Water Network, Prof, Dept of Bio, U of NB
Naomi Oreskes, Prof History and Science Studies, Dept of History, U of California
Beth Parker, Director, G360 Centre Applied Groundwater Research, U of Guelph
Paul Young, FRSC, VP (Research) & Prof Geophysics, U of Toronto
Mark D. Zoback, Prof Geophysics, Stanford U

[Refer also to: Stanford geoscientist Mark Zoback cites critical need for basic research to unleash promising energy sources December 4, 2012:  “The recovery of oil is only around 5 percent, so we need to do more fundamental research on how to get more hydrocarbons out of the ground…. That will benefit all of the companies….”

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources A California Perspective ]

Second panel meeting of the expert panel reviewing environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing August 27-28, 2012 in Calgary

A Revolution Underground: The History, Economics & Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing by the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowner Associations, released April 2012 Executive Summary

Hydraulic Fracturing on Wikipedia
A study published in May 2011 by researchers at Duke University found that “levels of flammable methane gas in drinking water wells increased to dangerous levels when those water supplies were close to natural gas wells.” Water samples from 68 private water wells in the states of Pennsylvania and New York were tested and some were found to have extremely high concentrations of methane: 64 milligrams of methane per liter of drinking water, compared with a normal level of one milligram or lower. [Emphasis added]

Be… without water?  by Rob Turgeon, Apple Hill Video Inc., 2011

Be… without water. The sequel Trailer 3:55 Min by KnowShaleGas, 2012

Saboteurs Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil by Andrew Nikiforuk, October 1, 2002, Macfarlane, Walter & Ross
Winner of the 2002 Arthur Ellis Award for Best True Crime
Winner of the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize
Finalist for the 2002 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction
Finalist for the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Nonfiction
This is a taut, careful work of nonfiction that reads like a thriller and raises unsettling questions about individual rights, corporate power, police methods, and government accountability.

Wiebo’s War

Entre gallos y la media noche (Between Midnight and the Rooster’s Crow, 2005)

List of the Harmed in America


Sacred Spirit of Water: Promotes and Archives Videos & Links on Anti~Fracking efforts around the World

Young People Against Fracking in Canada

Susanne Patles, freed from custody, celebrates with Eslipogtog war chief John Levi and Lorraine Clair, also recently arrested and now in cast as a result. [Photo: M. Howe]

Susanne Patles released after interrogation, night in custody by Miles Howe
Susanne Patles, freed from custody, celebrates with Eslipogtog war chief John Levi and Lorraine Clair, also recently arrested and now in cast as a result. [Photo: M. Howe]

Gwyn Morgan
The devil is in the details – an unofficial compilation of news stories relating to Gwyn Morgan (and the Fraser Institute by association)

Legal counsel for SNC Lavalin chairman Gwyn Morgan, issues cease and desist letter to website bearing the same name by Laila Yuile, April 18, 2013 ” The truth has no agenda.”

This news came ironically, on the same day the World Bank announced that SNC Lavalin Inc., had agreed to be banned from bidding on any World Bank financed projects, globally, for 10 years following investigations into allegations of bribery on a World Bank financed project.

Gwyn Morgan has served as the chairman of SNC Lavalin Inc for many years, but it was announced recently that he was stepping down and being replaced following the AGM in May.

Shareholders have been critical of Morgan and the board, because as one shareholder stated: ”the board failed in its oversight duties as certain members of senior management hatched agent payment schemes that should have come to light sooner.”

Gwyn Morgan has also been an advisor to Premier Christy Clark, a role that has been the subject of much controversy because SNC Lavalin had ongoing business contracts and bidding opportunities outstanding with the province of British Columbia.

Fracking Canada

Source: FrackingCanada

British Columbia

The Unist’ot’en Camp is a resistance community whose purpose is to protect sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory from several proposed pipelines from the Tar Sands Gigaproject and shale gas from Hydraulic Fracturing Projects in the Peace River Region.

Fake Environmentalists like Forest Ethics, Pembina Institute, and others who promote Offsetting and other false solutions must be confronted for their activities.

Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition Coalbed methane has never been developed anywhere in the world in a wild salmon watershed.

The Citizens Concerned about Coalbed Methane

British Columbia Tap Water Alliance – Stop Fracking British Columbia


No Drilling Lethbridge

No Drilling in the City of Lethbridge

Reading Children’s Books

Don’t frack with JESSICA ERNST! by Julie Ali, March 31, 2013
Gaz de schiste – un poème pour Jessica Ernst translation by , April 6, 2013

to do the work of democracy
and so understand we will not tolerate
any more promotions of judges or subversions
of the judicial process to ensure that this case
is delayed or ended we want justice for Jessica and so we say …

Action Surface Rights

Alberta Surface Rights Federation

Welcome to Ourspringbank
Fighting for a community driven community

Stream Tender: Dogpound Creek, Premier Trout Stream Looses Water To Fracking!

email hidden; JavaScript is required want a moritorium on hydraulic fracturing until the oil and gas companies can prove it’s safe.

POWERS Open Letter to Alberta Premier Alison Redford December 15, 2011
We demand a moratorium on this risky experiment until it has been studied and found safe by independent, unbiased scientists, and the study peer-reviewed.

N. Donna Wise

The Wise Family Home, Rockyford

Alberta Surface Rights Group

Alberta Surface Rights Group Facebook Page

Kainai Lethbridge Earth Watch

Kainai/Blood Tribe: Fracking Facts

Lois Frank, grandmother, professor and Blood Tribe member, receives award for her courage fighting fracking and standing up for her rights by Council of Canadians, October 27, 2012, Nanaimo, British Columbia

WATCH Two First Nation women named activists of year
Frack Protester Lois Frank has charges stayed
Crown Stays Intimidation Charges Against Blood Tribe Woman
Crown decides not to prosecute fracking protestor Lois Frank
Blood Tribe member vows to fight charges over anti-fracking protest


Saskatchewan Against Fracking – SAF

Stop the Hogs web forum on hydraulic fracturing


Mylène Bolduc, Militante contre la fracturation du gaz et pétrole de schiste

Collectif scientifique sur la question du gaz de schiste

Gaz de Schiste Provence

Les Ami(e)s du Richelieu (The Friends of the Richelieu)

Fondation Rivières

Johanne Dion, une citoyenne dévouée August 14, 2012
Afin de souligner les deux ans de travail monial que fait Johanne Dion avec sa revue de presse quotidienne sur les gaz de schiste en Amérique du Nord, la Fondation Rivières aimerait exprimer sa gratitude pour sa participation…. Nous profitons de l’occasion pour vous la présenter en quelques mots en vous suggérant de signer la pétition pour un moratoire complet et durable sur l’exploitation des gaz de schiste. … Dès décembre 2008, elle sonna l’alarme en dénonçant le silence médiatique sur les impacts environnementaux et sociaux de l’exploitation gazière par fracturation hydraulique au Québec.
Johanne Dion, a dedicated citizen August 14, 2012
To celebrate two years of studious work done by Johanne Dion and her daily press review on shale gas in North America, Fondation Rivières would like to express our gratitude…. This gives us the opportunity to let you know her better and ask you to sign the petition for a complete moratorium on shale gas extraction. … In December 2008, she blew the whistle on the Quebec media silence about the environmental and social impacts of fracking method used to extract shale gas.

Développement durable de l’industrie des gaz de schiste au Québec (Government Investigative Report and Public Hearings on Shale Gas Development in Quebec)

Quebec Shale Gas Development Update: BAPE Report Released by Minister Arcand

Nova Scotia

Responsible Energy Action concerned about how we obtain and use energy. Our  meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. At the moment our main focus is the practice of hydraulic fracturing, often called “fracking.” We are trying to educate ourselves and our community on the environmental, health, economic and social aspects.

Stop Fracking in Nova Scotia

Protect Lake Ainslie


New Brunswick

Fracking Research and New Brunswick, Canada Should we take the bait?

Know Shale Gas NB We have reasonable doubt

Ban Fracking New Brunswick   (Facebook Page)

Parents Against Everyday Poisons (P.A.E.P.)

CCNB Action

Prince Edward Island

Don’t Frack With Our PEI Water

Don’t Frack PEI


Stop Fracking Ontario

Stop Fracking Ontario on Facebook 


Yukoners Concerned

Yukoners Concerned About Oil & Gas Exploration/Development

Newfoundland and Labrador

The Newfoundland and Labrador Fracking Awareness Group

Save Gros Morne & our West Coast

Refer also to: Remembering Rumsey Ranch