Author Archives: Jessica Ernst
Falling for AER/ERCB/EUB (industry)’s scam, decade after decade: AER, Surface Rights Board, Orphan Well Association bamboozling (synergizing) Albertans about Trident Exploration walking from it’s environmental and financial obligations in CMAG Synergy meeting, June 25, 2019
Collapse of Trident Exploration threatens to more than double orphaned wells in Alberta, Just as AER and Alberta government set up the dream escape: Trident bankrupts itself, walks away from 4,700 wells CMAG will host Trident open house by Dan … Continue reading
“Justice” rears its farcical head, yet again. Radio reporter obtains judge-ordered frac harm settlement ‘n gag, but court stifles him! $3M settlement accidentally made public for 8 plaintiffs against Range Resources & ten other codefendants. Two plaintiffs feel “angry and defeated” by their settlement.
Court document reveals Range Resources, other defendants agreed to $3 million settlement in Washington County contamination suit, The public document doesn’t specify how money was distributed among plaintiffs by Reid Frazier, June 4, 2019, State Impact PA Range Resources and … Continue reading
“Poison is Poison!” “Arrogant, Selfish” NB Tory Energy Minister Mike Holland Propagandizes, Calls Frac’ing ‘Responsible’
Energy minister says ‘responsible’ fracking will help transition to green economy, Political Panel discusses possibility of shale gas development in Sussex by CBC News with files from Jacques Poitras, Information Morning and the CBC New Brunswick Political Podcast, Jun 14, … Continue reading
Delay in Reasons for Judgment: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied by Lloyd Duhaime, April 5, 2011, Duhaime “Thank you counsellors for your able submissions. Judgment is reserved.” Those promising words can be the last words from a trial or hearing … Continue reading
Prosecutors drop all criminal charges against eight people in Flint water scandal by Ed White, The Associated Press, June 13, 2019, The Globe and Mail Prosecutors dropped all criminal charges Thursday against eight people in the Flint water crisis and … Continue reading
“My friend is dying from an opioid addiction that he got directly from the oilfields.” Citizen speaking at podium at Calgary’s 2019 Global Petroleum Show manhandled, hauled off by petro thugs as audience yells “Let him speak!”
Protester storms stage at 2019 Global Petroleum Show in Calgary by Melissa Gilligan, June 11, 2019, Global News The Protester: Before we hear from the Premier [Jason Kenney], I just want to say, he does not represent me. This is … Continue reading
Jessica Ernst 2017 UK Speaking Tour: October 9: Malton, North Yorkshire: The standing ovation at Malton went on and on and on, overwhelming Ernst. Complete slides of Ernst’s talk, including Mr. Koop’s photos October 10: Eckington, Derbyshire October … Continue reading
50 Canadian law profs urge Environment Minister to reject amendments proposed by oil industry to #BILLC69 that undermine rule of law
50 CANADIAN LAW PROFESSORS URGE MINISTER MCKENNA TO REJECT AMENDMENTS TO #BILLC69 THAT UNDERMINE RULE OF LAW by Martin Olszynski, June 11, 2019, Journal of Environmental Law and Practice The Honourable Catherine McKenna Minister of Environment Government of Canada Ottawa, … Continue reading
Permit for controversial injection well in St. Landry Parish denied by DNR by Dan Boudreaux, June 10, 2019, The Advocate The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Office of Conservation has denied the permit of a proposed wastewater injection well in … Continue reading
“The [legal] system’s not broken; the system was built this way.” Of course it was! Just like it was built to piss on the poor, women, the environment and the Rule of Law itself
Ava DuVernay’s powerful film re-examines the Central Park Jogger case by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, June 6, 2019, Rabble.ca It has been more than 30 years since a rape and attempted murder occurred in New York City that became … Continue reading
[Natural Resources of Canada didn’t record the Brazeau quake on their website. Why not? Was it caused by water injection for oil recovery, frac’ing or frac waste water injection, and Canadian authorities don’t want the public to know? Notably after … Continue reading
Another Alberta Frac Incident? 400,000-litre spill by Obsidian Energy near Drayton Valley, private land and wetland impacted
Cleanup underway after 400,000-litre produced water leak at Obsidian Energy well near Drayton Valley by Phil Heidenreich, May 31, 2019, Global News The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) says cleanup efforts are underway after 400,000 litres of produced water leaked from … Continue reading
More AER Hanky Panky? Alberta Auditor-General probing links between Alberta Energy Regulator and consultancy firm ICORE
Alberta Auditor-General probing links between energy regulator and consultancy firm by Jeff Lewis, February 12, 2019, The Globe and Mail Alberta’s Auditor-General and Public Interest Commissioner are probing ties between the province’s energy regulator and an international not-for-profit set up … Continue reading
Canada’s RCMP keep on violating the law, along with oil and gas companies and their enabling law-violating regulators, while Supreme Court judges lie to enable the enabling.
Mountie broke the law when he investigated protester’s background, says watchdog report by Catharine Tunney, June 9, 2019, CBC News A British Columbia Mountie broke the law when he started snooping into a protester’s background and leaked information to municipal … Continue reading
Mi’kmaq chiefs ‘blindsided’ by PC plan to allow shale gas development in Sussex area, ‘This is not an issue that’s going to come down to a Yes or No answer,’ says energy minister by Jacques Poitras, June 5, 2019, CBC … Continue reading
State conducting criminal investigation of shale gas production by David Templeton and Don Hopey, January 28, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [Excellent visuals at link above] State Attorney General Josh Shapiro is pursuing criminal investigations of “environmental crimes” committed by the oil … Continue reading
Living in the middle of a gas field by Vicky Simlik, April 18, 2019, Dawson Creek Mirror I live in the agricultural community of Farmington BC. I recently read a question posted online; where are the ‘fracking voices’ from NEBC? … Continue reading
Who orders a new hearing for a Supreme Court of Canada ruling where 9 justices knowingly published a lie and sent it to the media? Who “slaps” Justice Rosalie Abella for knowingly lying in her ruling and belittling the applicant? Certainly not the Canadian Judicial Council!
Avnish Nanda [Edmonton lawyer] @avnishnanda June 8, 2018 Retweeted David M Tanovich Every litigator’s nightmare. Appearing before a judge that is aware of their status relative to the parties, and uses it towards a particular result at the expense of … Continue reading
International Human Rights Court Recommends Worldwide Frac Ban. Will rape & pillage enabling Canadian authorities listen?
This post is for Polly Higgins. International Human Rights Court Recommends Fracking Ban Press Release by Dr. Tom Kerns, April 4, 2019, Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has just released its … Continue reading
AER orders Vesta Energy to suspend frac operations at well site linked to 4.6M earthquake in Central Alberta
Alberta Energy Regulator suspends fracking well linked to Monday earthquake by The Canadian Press, March 5, 2019, Edmonton Sun SYLVAN LAKE, Alta. — The Alberta Energy Regulator has ordered a company to suspend fracking operations at a well site linked … Continue reading
4.6M earthquake, 1 km in depth, most powerful yet in central Alberta, hits SW of Red Deer, cracks walls in homes, knocks power out to thousands. Vesta Energy reports quake to AER, shuts down frac’ing. AER investigating. Geological Survey of Canada says looks like fra’cing didn’t do it.
Natural Resources Canada, March 4, 2019: Local Time: 05:55:17 MSTMagnitude: 4.6 MLLatitude: 52.22 NorthLongitude: 114.07 WestDepth: 1.0 kmUT Date and Time: 2019/03/04 12:55:17 UT [AER reports the quake at 4.1M, Vesta Energy at 4.32M, while Geological Survey of Canada arrogantly … Continue reading
Drilling, Frac’ing, Mining, Spills, Corporate Law Violations & Toxic Waste Dumping Everywhere with Water Gone or Gone Bad Everywhere too. Where are the courts? Busy gagging the harmed, protecting the water abusers and their enablers – the “regulators.”
Rob Schwartz FB comment: Does anybody wonder if the recently rescinded water rights in the Milk River area has anything to do with industry plans to do a frac blitz on that same area ? 2006 09 21: Water usage advisory … Continue reading
Nasty Nexen (subsidiary of Chinese state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp., or CNOOC Ltd) pleads not guilty in Long Lake tarsands explosion that killed two workers
Nexen pleads not guilty in Long Lake explosion that killed two workers by Canadian Press, March 14, 2018, Calgary Herald FORT MCMURRAY — Nexen Energy has pleaded not guilty to eight charges stemming from a fatal explosion at the company’s oilsands site … Continue reading
Rule of law in Canada? Most unlikely, except to enable corporate abuse, greed & pollution; protect the rich, lying judges & lawyers, corrupt politicians & law violating regulators. Newfoundland and Labrador trying to jail journalist Justin Brake for doing his job, judge pathetically enables the abuse of process; Maureen Killoran, Encana lawyer in Ernst vs Encana, seeks outrageous injunction for Kinder Morgan, judge shows obvious bias for the company
Newfoundland and Labrador is trying to jail a journalist for doing his job, Justin Brake faces prison time for reporting from an Indigenous occupation by Ethan Cox, March 13, 2018, ricochet A provincial court judge in Labrador ruled Monday that … Continue reading
“..like an Alabama tick.” Schwarzenegger to Sue Oil Companies “for knowingly killing people all over the world.”
Schwarzenegger to Sue Big Oil for ‘First Degree Murder’ At SXSW, the former California governor lets loose on climate change, Donald Trump and gives his first in-depth remarks on #MeToo by Edward-Isaac Dovere, March 12, 2018, Politico AUSTIN, Texas — Arnold … Continue reading
Spooked by Quakes, Oklahoma Toughens Fracking Rules, Canadian regulators stick with less stringent regulations despite growing risks from mega-fracking
Spooked by Quakes, Oklahoma Toughens Fracking Rules, Canadian regulators stick with less stringent regulations despite growing risks from mega-fracking by Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Mar 2018, TheTyee.ca After recording swarms of earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing, Oklahoma has introduced tougher regulations than … Continue reading
Rolling Stone reports on Compendium 5: ‘The Harms of Fracking’: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer. Dr. Sandra Steingraber: “Fracking is the worst thing I’ve ever seen.” Dr. Pouné Saberi: “There is a code of silence….” Workers rarely report injuries or hazards, for fear of losing their jobs.
I know that some of you have been waiting a long time for the 5th edition. I join all my co-authors in saying that we ardently hope that this report will be useful to people in frontline communities who are … Continue reading
“yep they get the gold, we get the shaft.” Dam collapses at one of Australia’s largest gold mines after 2.7M earthquake 2 km away. Imagine BC’s foolish, high risk Site C dam surrounded by frac’ing causing much stronger earthquakes!
Work suspended after dam collapses at one of Australia’s largest gold mines, Just days after an earthquake hit the area, a dam wall has collapsed at the Cadia mine near Orange by William McInnes, 10 March 2018, The Sydney Morning Herald Operations … Continue reading
Day 20: XTO’s exploded gas well that vented methane, caused 2 mile no fly zone for weeks finally capped; Powhatan residents return home; Authorities chant no harm to public, no safety risk
OSHP releases aerial footage of Powhatan Point well pad by Kate Davison, March 12, 2018, WTOV9 The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released aerial footage of the Powhatan Point well pad. The helicopter video allowed disaster response units to conduct … Continue reading
Alberta fails, again! Alberta’s criminal justice system gets failing grade, with most disproportionately high level of Indigenous incarceration of any jurisdiction in Canada. Alberta government’s response? The dog ate my homework
Criminal justice system in Alberta improving but not fast enough: report card, The province had a failing grade, with the most disproportionately high level of Indigenous incarceration of any jurisdiction in Canada by Catherine Griwkowsky, March 5, 2018, Edmonton Journal When it … Continue reading
Oklahoma’s boasted frac quake mitigation failing, badly! More homes damaged by two 4.2M quakes Sunday NE of Enid; Court coddling oil companies causing quakes, leaving people plaintiffs dangling
Damage reported after earthquakes in Oklahoma by News9, Mar 05, 2018 BRECKENRIDGE, Okla. (AP) – Damage is being reported after two 4.2-magnitude earthquakes rattled northern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quakes hit Sunday evening near the town of Breckenridge, … Continue reading
Oh No! What will the judges drink? Frac Free Irish Whiskey? High levels of lead found in drinking water in Toronto Superior Court of Justice building, lead was found in excess of provincial health standards. No health standards for industry’s leaking methane contaminating buildings, cities, drinking water in Canada, even though it causes significant health harm & can blow you and your family up
High levels of lead found in drinking water at court building, At several locations in the 50-year-old Toronto Superior Court of Justice building, lead was found to be in excess of provincial standards by Betsy Powell, Mach 5, 2018, Toronto Star “There … Continue reading
The Guardian in UK reports on Ristigouche Sud-Est’s legal win against Gastem: Tiny Canada town defeats oil firm in court fight over drinking water, Company sued Quebec village of 157 people after it created bylaw to protect its water
Tiny Canada town defeats oil firm in court fight over drinking water, Company sued Quebec township of 157 people after it created a no-drill zone, fearing for its water supply by Ashifa Kassam in Toronto, Mar 2018, The Guardian ‘We are relieved that … Continue reading
Unbelievable! A Canadian judge with courage & integrity! Justice Nicole Tremblay ruled a municipality has right to protect its territory based on precautionary principle, but orders only half of tiny Quebec village’s legal fees reimbursed. Is that justice? After 4.5 years of legal stresses & waiting, Ristigouche Sud-Est wins! Gastem sued the community $1.5 Million for trying to protect drinking water
The ruling, dated February 28, 2018 Note that the Quebec court heard the trial over 9 days in September 2017 and ruled in only 5 months, on a much more complicated matter than the Ernst vs AER preliminary motion (not a … Continue reading
3M, Minnesota settle water pollution claims for $850 million on day jury trial set to begin; State was seeking $5 billion, Company still faces at least 24 similar lawsuits filed in courts across U.S.
U of S professor denies suppressing toxic pollution research for 3M, Allegations against Prof. John Giesy contained in $850M legal case between State of Minnesota and 3M by Jason Warick, March 11, 2018, CBC News A globally-renowned University of Saskatchewan professor … Continue reading
Traditional Agricultural User Water Rights Denied. 1,000 mistakes? Will Alberta’s NDP Minister of Environment, Shannon Phillips, take a lie detector test? After significant outrage reported in the media, she says taking water away from ranchers & farmers was a mistake
Province denying rancher’s water rights by David Schneider, Little Bow MLA, February 25, 2018, Lethbridge Herald In December 2017, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) sent out letters advising several Albertans that water licence applications submitted over 15 years ago were being closed … Continue reading
Bow Island, Alberta: “Water” well beside Chantel Timmons’ home leaking white foam & dangerous levels natural gas. Is it an abandoned shallow gas well or historic stratigraphic test well? Charter violating, No Public Interest or Public Health mandate, “No Duty of Care” AER shirking its duties, yet again
Religious (Trumpian) Alberta Chant: Industry didn’t do it. Water wells in Alberta have always been naturally contaminated with methane Many in Alberta ignorantly (and to enable their greed for more and more oil and gas industry lease money) chant the … Continue reading
Frac Water Orgy Announced by AER’s Mark Taylor (ex-manager Encana who lied to Rosebud, said Encana would never frac their drinking water). No Wonder AEP is Taking Water Licences Away from Farmers/Ranchers: AER grants 10 year blanket approval water licences; Companies need not know where they will frac, or how much they will frac or where they’ll get their water from. Companies “expected” to look at sources other than fresh drinking water, eg hydrocarbon contaminated groundwater, but not if contaminated with methane!
Coming soon everywhere in Canada, except PEI? 2012 09 12: AEA: Support to the identification of potential risks for the environment and human health arising from hydrocarbons operations involving hydraulic fracturing in Europe A proportion (25% to 100%) of the … Continue reading
Dennis Kucinich vows to end all oil & gas drilling in Ohio if elected Governor, then take the industry to court: “Fresh water and clean water are not negotiable issues.” Industry not happy with his plans. Boo Hoo, more of these plans ahead, everywhere, except in Alberta Canada
DENNIS KUCINICH VOWS TO END ALL OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN OHIO IF ELECTED GOVERNOR AND THEN TAKE THE INDUSTRY TO COURT by Zaid Jilani, February 19 2018, The Intercept THE MAN WHO saved Cleveland — and paid the ultimate political price … Continue reading