Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Neil Wittmann Volunteers to Hear High Profile Fracking Case after Harper Government Promoted Justice B. L. Veldhuis

Ernst versus Encana – les juges jouent à la chaise musicale translation Of Andrew Nikiforuk’s article by Amie du Richelieu March 30, 2013

Alberta’s Top Judge to Hear High Profile Fracking Case by Andrew Nikiforuk, March 29, 2013,
Klippenstein told The Tyee. “We hope that the case can now move forward without unnecessary delay. Albertans are entitled to know what really happened in Rosebud.” … On March 19 the Alberta Association for Municipal Districts and Communities (AAMDC), which represents much of rural Alberta, voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution calling for stricter regulation of hydraulic fracturing and higher levels of protection for groundwater in the Province. …

Wwheatland County Councillor Brenda Knight…says she introduced the resolution after gathering evidence on several hydraulic fracturing incidents in her county. They included groundwater contamination, water well losses, improper well casing, and large openings that have appeared unexpectedly in the ground. In one case a farmer “lost his tractor in a spring that opened up.” … 

Jessica Ernst is a resident of Wheatland County…. 

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Prime Minister Harper announces the appointment of Neil Wittmann as new Alberta chief justice October 23, 2009

In Alberta And B.C.: Stephen Harper Destroying The Rule Of Law

Gaz de schiste – un développement à ‘petite échelle’ passerait par Bécancour [English at link] by Sébastien Lacroix, March 29, 2013, Le Courrier Sud

Fracking: Feds Throw Wrench in High Profile Lawsuit Judge suddenly promoted; plaintiff Ernst sees strategy to ‘delay and exhaust.’ Gaz de houille – le fédéral veut décourager Jessica Ernst

How Alberta Will Fight Fracking Folk Hero Jessica Ernst In famous flaming water case, regulator to argue ‘no duty of care’ to landowners or groundwater. Gaz de schiste – Jessica continue son procès

Albertan, Tired of Her Tap Water Catching Fire, Sues Scientist Jessica Ernst hits gas giant EnCana, regulators with fracking lawsuit. ]

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