Are you frac’d?

I was (still am), and this is now our story.

Water moves.

“Jessica’s Farm” by Erin Shilliday

Painted up at Rosebud Hamlet’s drinking water reservoir that a few years later blew up in an explosion from an apparent accumulation of gases in January 2005, nine months after Encana (now Ovintiv after running away to the USA) illegally frac’d directly into my community’s drinking water aquifers. The regulators knew but did not warn my community.

The smaller black dots in the above map are deeper wells, most by Encana.

Keep in mind that the above map only shows energy wells up to April 2006. Encana frac’d many more after that, ultra shallow and deeper.

The purpose of frac’ing is to force methane to let go from formations it is tightly adsorbed to, from which it will not release naturally.

When you’re frac’d, there’s no aftercare like governments give to dead avalanche victims, lost hikers, out of bounds skiers and snowboarders, etc.

Frac’ers are never satisfied.

After our water was contaminated, Encana kept frac’ing us, again and again and again.

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This is how Encana gets rid of its waste in my community:

Testimonials

Encana vs humanity

Subject: Encana vs humanity
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2020 12:05:05 -0700
From: Debbie Macleod

Hi Jessica…
I’ve been watching you from the wings since you first discovered who really runs the province. We are big fans of Andrew Nikiforuk and are so glad that your paths have crossed. It wasn’t easy for anyone to live in Alberta during the oil “boom”…we live in central Alberta…I’ll suppress my rant:)

I’ve read the timeline of your ongoing battle with Encana and am curious as to your frame of mind these days. On a much different scale a group of us stood up to confined feeding operations (CFO’s) in the Ponoka area. We had several hundred European farmers and families yelling at us that we could leave if we didn’t like “agriculture”😳.

I read your comment that you have a ‘wild sense of humour’ …dealing with mass denial can be brutalizing but only if you let it. You’ll know the brutes have won if you can’t see how absurd human behaviour can be.

My partner and I admire you so much…we live on a quarter-section near Morningside [Alberta] and monitor the oil business from afar. I had a job lined up at Home Oil in the early 80’s and intuited that it wasn’t for me. The oil industry has ravaged Alberta but we seem to be shifting into acceptance that the “pipe dream” is over. You’ve proven that oil companies are above the law. Such a hard won victory for you but what a foot hold for others pursuing claims against oil companies in the future. Dragging the dark into light is the work of giants and you did it!

I hope this finds you in good spirits.
Thank you again for staying the line👏👏👏

Deb Macleod
Rick Wyrozub [Alberta lawyer]

The photos below show my water after Encana (Ovintiv) illegally fractured (frac’d) and injected 18 Million litres of frac fluid into my community’s drinking water aquifers.

Our regulators engaged in fraud to cover Encana’s crimes up and abused the harmed to try to scare us quiet, which they do everywhere to those of us who speak up.

My water is too dangerous to use to flush toilets or be connected to my home.

Frac’ing pollutes water wells, blows up homes, kills people and seriously injures others.

After the regulator’s fraudulent investigations that ignored historic records on file with them for community water wells, including mine, that state Gas Present: No, Alberta authorities wrote that our contaminated explosive water is safe to live with, cases closed.

The chemicals Encana (Ovintiv) injected remain secret, even with the lawsuit. Trade secrets are not allowed under Alberta Rules of Court.

Even the oil and gas industry’s biggest lobby group CAPP and company CEOs in testimony to Parliamentary Committee admit frac’ing contaminated Rosebud’s water.

I am making a few changes to this page.

“About” and my lawyers abruptly quitting has it’s own page and includes the 2011 Press Release and UNANIMA International Woman of Courage Award.

The other pages and posting remain the same:

Case News

Global Frac News

Frac’ing Multimedia

Speaking Events

The Lawsuit page contains legal filings, rulings and other information.

I have so far experienced phenomenal delays and intentional lawyer and judicial lies, contradictions by the courts (they ruled I cannot sue the 100% industry-funded AER because it is legally immune but I can sue the 100% taxpayer-funded Alberta Environment which is also legally immune) and doors slammed in the public interest’s face (including to my shock, by my own lawyers, Murray Klippenstein and Cory Wanless).

Wells frac’d by Encana (Ovintiv) near Rosebud, Alberta

Other Lawsuits

Thank You

Andrew Nikiforuk’s Slick Water

On my land with the old Rosebud River meandering through it.

To my surprise and delight, C Abel created this cartoon published in The Lethbridge Herald, March 5, 2014. I love cartoons! To my heartbreak, when it came out my lawyers ordered me not to make it public or distribute it.

After my lawyers quit, I added the cartoon to this page; it sums up Canada’s legal industry and Alberta regulators better than I ever could.

I dedicate this page to the Ali sisters in Edmonton.