Author Archives: Jessica Ernst
Where did all those promises of endless frac riches & jobs go? Two of Canada’s biggest frac companies report double-digit percentage revenue declines: Calgary-based Trican (36 per cent fall) and Calfrac (21 per cent fall)
U.S. Shale Is Doomed No Matter What They Do: “More bankruptcies are all but certain as oil and gas borrowers must repay or refinance **several hundred billion dollars** of debt over the next six months” Fracking firms Calfrac, Trican report … Continue reading
Frac’ing wants more billions to send down the drain; Permian needs (or wants?) $9B worth new frac wastewater disposal wells
Who will pay for these? Taxpayers, Encana or the Koch Bros? Or sneakily steal from us via a pension plan? Permian Needs $9B Worth of New Wells by David Wethe, July 29, 2019, Bloomberg in Rigzone As much as $9 … Continue reading
AER/ICORE/Jim Ellis Hanky Panky & Deregulation Tried to Go Global. Is CAPP et al making Ellis take the fall for Neil McCrank, EUB Boss (before it became AER)? McCrank authorized spying on innocent Albertans, **initiated spreading AER’s evil, lies & propaganda globally**, was boss when EUB violated Ernst’s charter rights and refused to make it right. “I wonder what’s worse for the average Albertan…. A vicious STD, or the AER? It’s a toss up.”
ERCB became EUB became ERCB became AER. Comment by Danny Devo: I wonder what’s worse for the average Albertan in the energy sector. A vicious STD, or the AER? It’s a toss up. Oilpatch in ‘crisis’ as energy regulator executives … Continue reading
World’s Biggest Fund Manager, BlackRock, lost $90 Billion investing in fossil fuel companies over last decade
BlackRock lost $90bn investing in fossil fuel companies, report finds, World’s biggest fund manager urged to invest in clean energy for good of the climate and its investors by Jillian Ambrose, 31 Jul 2019, The Guardian Will companies, AER, CAPP … Continue reading
Encana Earthquake Implications by Josh Young, Jul. 30, 2019, Seeking Alpha SummaryEncana well completion operations may have caused multiple 3.0+ earthquakes in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma. Another company that may have caused an earthquake nearby in Oklahoma saw a precipitous share … Continue reading
U.S. Shale Is Doomed No Matter What They Do: “More bankruptcies are all but certain as oil and gas borrowers must repay or refinance **several hundred billion dollars** of debt over the next six months”
U.S. Shale Is Doomed No Matter What They Do by Nick Cunningham, July 21, 2019, Oilprice With financial stress setting in for U.S. shale companies, some are trying to drill their way out of the problem, while others are hoping … Continue reading
Baytown Texas Exxon plant explosion & fire: Shelter-in-place ordered. 37 people injured. What home, office, shop or duct tape will keep these toxic fumes out?
Excellent photos at link: 37 people injured from explosion at ExxonMobil plant in Baytown; shelter-in-place lifted by Michelle Iracheta and Jay R. Jordan, July 31, 2019, Houston Chronicle UPDATE 3:12 p.m. The shelter-in-place in Baytown has been lifted, and air … Continue reading
Pipeline in NW Alberta leaks 100,000 litres contaminated water. More AER Media deflection? Keep the public, community of Fox Creek and summer campers unaware of much more serious, potentially life-threatening, 460,000 litres leak/spill/frac hit? at Sprocket Energy’s abandoned sour gas well near Smoke Lake Provincial Park and campground?
Why media reporting on two much smaller spills, but not on Sprocket Energy’s sour gas spill/leak/frac hit? at Frac Frenzy Quakin’ and a Shakin’ Fox Creek that did affect a water body and that AER issued a serious order against … Continue reading
Father blames Chevron as he and son Ryan battle illness, Welts, rashes after Ryan bathed in water that felt slippery. Ernst’s water felt slippery too, caused burns, rashes, welts to her skin after Encana illegally injected 18 million litres of frac fluid into her community’s drinking water aquifers. Cover-up, lies, law violations, threats, bullying, shaming by Alberta regulators to protect Encana, law-violating aquifer frac’er
Father blames Chevron as he and son battle illness by David Templeton and Don Hopey, July 29, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Bryan Latkanich, 48, thumbs through photographs he took showing red welts and rashes all over the body of his son, … Continue reading
Why is Alberta continuing to licence costly headaches to known big brute polluters and law violators such as Teck?
Are the feds really going to allow polluting, law violating, disrespectful Teck to pollute more? Another polluting Canadian corporation thinks it’s above the law? Teck will continue to fight U.S. judgement even though U.S. Supreme Court denied hearing Teck’s appeal … Continue reading
Another oil company, Rex Energy, bites the frac dust: After 7 years, Woodlands Pa residents still have no water. But some got cash to keep quiet. How cruel is that? As cruel as Encana giving money to some residents at Rosebud Alberta, but not others, and most disgusting, refusing to stop frac’ing into drinking water zones after the community’s water got frac’d.
Background: Designed to Fail: Why Regulatory Agencies Don’t Work Fouled Waters: Woodlands residents search for ways to survive without clean water Fouled Waters: Woodlands trying to solve its own problems, Water tests by state, U.S. agencies, driller provide no answers … Continue reading
The DEregulation goes on and on and on: Conventional Oil & Gas Industry Major 2019 Goal: To Restore Program To Spread Well Waste Water On Roads (without oversight and keeping toxic chemical contents secret)
“What will they do with all the frac waste?” people asked Ernst on her speaking tours.”They will make us eat and drink it,” Ernst replied. (And later we find out: drive, walk, run, bike on it) Conventional Oil & Gas … Continue reading
Spyglass Resources receivership raises well abandonment liability questions by Dan Healing, Nov 26, 2015, Calgary Herald The failure of junior Spyglass Resources Corp. on Thursday is the first for a conventional Calgary-based oil and gas producer in the current downturn … Continue reading
Oil company Anadarko’s quick secret settlement with families in Firestone Colorado home explosion that killed two, injured two and damaged a neighbouring home later bought by Anadarko; Investigation found Anadarko guilty, not nature.
Compare Colorado regulator negligence with Alberta’s, both greedily putting lives and property at risk to enable more profits for oil and gas multinationals: Investigators say an accumulation of gases appears to have caused the explosion that destroyed the Rosebud Alberta … Continue reading
Alberta Oil Magazine interviews AER Boss Jim Ellis in 2016 on changing face of Alberta’s energy regulation: “The expectation of this government is for us to regulate and that’s what we’re doing.” Didn’t he mean, “Deregulate?”
A little intro: 2009: Cupid’s arrow pierces energy regulator, Alberta’s ERCB [Previously EUB and ERCB before that, now AER] … Just when I started to think I’d entered a Seinfeld script, things got more entertaining. I called up Andrew Nikiforuk, the … Continue reading
2016 Study shows Alberta taxpayers missing out on $45 Million **every year** in surface rights fees. Just more Synergy bribery feeding the greed to keep rural Albertans obediently complicit to abuses by the oil & gas industry?
Taxpayers missing out on $45M a year in surface rights fees, study by Matt McClure, January 18, 2016, Calgary Herald Taxpayers are out an estimated $45 million a year because the former Tory regime balked at enacting a law that … Continue reading
Supreme Court of Canada to consider whether corporations are protected against “cruel and unusual treatment/punishment” under Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Won’t that be something if the Supreme Court rules corporations are protected under the Charter but Ernst is not, ie the same court ruled Ernst cannot sue the AER for her valid claim of the regulator violating her Charter rights. … Continue reading
Isn’t it the job of a competent judge to keep order in the court? Why resort to abuse? People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters … Continue reading
BRILLIANT COURAGEOUS REPORTING by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Human Toll, Part 2: Industry says otherwise (of course they do!), but studies identify specific harms that shale-gas pollution can cause for fetuses, newborns, children and teenagers
The industry says otherwise, but studies identify specific harms that shale-gas pollution can cause for fetuses, newborns, children and teenagers by David Templeton, Don Hopey, Andrew Rush, July 18, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [Excellent interactive visuals at above link] People desiring … Continue reading
Encana causes dozens frac quakes near Kingfisher, Oklahoma, including a 3.9M that might be the states largest
Encana halts Oklahoma well completion following quake by Liz Hampton, July 25, 2019, Reuters in Financial Post, Last Updated July 25, 2019 Oklahoma following two earthquakes within a day in the same area, the state’s oil and gas regulator said … Continue reading
The orchestrated fraud & corporate welfare stench grows! Alberta municipalities abused by Petro-Pussy Premier Jason Kenney (Steve Harper/Koch Bros spawn?) to feed industry’s insatiable greed “now own what they voted for!”
Key Shields quotes: The entire Alberta energy industry has been designed to cheat the Alberta public owners of petroleum wealth within the boundaries of our province!! The answer is of course to disband the AER that are not and have … Continue reading
Study: Oil Gas Industry Wastewater spread on roads to control dust & ice in at least 13 states, including Pennsylvania, poses threat to environment & human health; Ohio regulator tests on Aquasalina/Nature’s Own Source (made with frac waste, spread on roads, sold at Lowes and to cities for years) showed combined radium 226 & 228 exceeded USEPA Safe Drinking Water limits by average factor of 300
In Canada, no one’s studying it (of course not), but some citizens have documented it. Excellent visual summary by frackingcanada (thank you!~): 7:40 Min Video at link: http://www.frackingcanada.ca/home/ This post is dedicated to FrackingCanada. Radium has been widely spread on … Continue reading
Oklahoma citizens with property in nine central counties (about 400 homes and some businesses) that suffered damage from 2011 earthquakes caused by oil industry waste injection gain class-action status
Earthquake lawsuit gains class-action status by Adam Wilmoth, May 22, 2019, NewsOK A lawsuit claiming oil company New Dominion LLC is responsible for damage caused by the 2011 earthquakes near Prague has gained class-action status and is scheduled for trial … Continue reading
Fayette County, WV tried to break its energy industry dependence, banned disposal of drilling waste. Industry fought back, arguing communities don’t get a say (in being poisoned). The courts overruled the county’s common sense & public health protection. No matter how nasty judges get, take a stand! It’s always worth it!
One West Virginia County Tried to Break Its Dependence on the Energy Industry. It was Overruled. After seeing the scars of coal, Fayette County banned the disposal of natural gas drilling waste. Industry fought back, arguing the community doesn’t get a … Continue reading
“What will they do with all the frac waste?” people asked Ernst on her speaking tours.”They will make us eat and drink it,” Ernst replied. (And later we find out: drive, walk, run, bike on it)
annie_fiftyseven comment to Andrew Nikiforuk’s article in The Tyee “There are more than 100 deep injection wells in northern B.C. The LNG industry could require the construction of hundreds more to support increased fracking. In recent years the OGC has shut down three … Continue reading
Pennsylvania Superior Court Fractures Long-Standing Rule of Capture; Appeals court rejects frac company’s appeal
Court rejects fracking company’s appeal in “rule of capture” decision by Susan Phillips, June 11, 2018, State Impact Pennsylvania A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday rejected a request by a natural gas production company to rehear a case whose outcome … Continue reading
Fracking Activities May Contribute to Anxiety and Depression During Pregnancy by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, July 24, 2019, Science Daily A new study identifies a link between proximity to hydraulic fracking activities and mental health issues during … Continue reading
New National Security & Intelligence Review Agency (NSIRA) members announced: Outgoing NDP MP Murray Rankin, Q.C. (Chair) & U of Ottawa prof Craig Forcese; Multi-hatted watchdog will have full access to virtually all information held by federal govt. Why? To give to Israel and multinational corporations, and abuse innocent Canadians with?
Murray Rankin’s ‘daunting’ role as new spy watchdog by Jack Knox, July 25, 2019, Times Colonist You can just about hear Murray Rankin gulp over the phone from Ottawa. “Let’s be honest, it’s daunting,” the Victoria MP says of his … Continue reading
Fracking Sacred Ground by Elizabeth Miller, winter 2018, Orion Magazine … Tribal members from Arizona, North Dakota, and Canada gathered to talk about traffic, violence, and their worries for a younger generation growing up while breathing in what blows off … Continue reading
UK: Oil company says (who believes oil companies these days?) “We’re not to blame for Surrey earthquake” – but local concerns remain
UK: Oil company says “We’re not to blame for Surrey earthquake” – but local concerns remain by Ruth Hayhurst drill or drop, originally posted April 8, 2019, reposted July 24, 2019 A few comments first to the article included below … Continue reading
Heavily frac’d Colorado seeing earthquakes where they’ve never happened before. “Big booms, roars and shaking homes.”
Originally posted April 8, 2019, reposted July 24, 2019 Small earthquake recorded north of Glenwood Springs by David Mitchell, April 7, 2018, KDVR.com GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — An earthquake shook the ground near Glenwood Springs early Saturday morning. The weak tremor, registering … Continue reading
Competing with Alberta? Large 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded In Garfield County, Oklahoma, Felt across wide area in the state
Originally posted April 8, 2019, reposted July 24, 2019 Large 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded In Garfield County, Oklahoma Multiple Earthquakes Recorded In Oklahoma Saturday by News9, April 7, 2018 GARFIELD COUNTY, Oklahoma – A 4.6 magnitude earthquake was reported in Garfield County, according to … Continue reading
Brilliant letter by John Baxter: TAR SANDS ARE NOT OILSANDS. Nikiforuk risks arrest on Burnaby Mountain for future of his sons. Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd’s Investors Getting Nervous? Company pulls back in a Sunday Press Release!
Originally posted April 8, 2018, reposted July 24, 2019 TAR SANDS ARE NOT OILSANDS by John Baxter, published in the 1990’s in Gulf Islands Driftwood (Salt Spring Island newspaper) In the late 1950’s I spent part of a very cold winter North of … Continue reading
CONTAMINATED LIFE: THE TRUE COST AND HUMAN RIGHTS IMPACTS OF UNCONVENTIONAL GAS MINING IN AUSTRALIA by Michelle Maloney, July 2018, humans and nature In October 2015, the farming community surrounding the small township of Chinchilla, South East Queensland was rocked by … Continue reading
AER suspends oil & gas firm’s licences after no one answers emergency number; “Best in the World” AER also doesn’t answer their emergency number! Who suspends their licence?
From frackingcanada a few years ago: Slide from Ernst presentations: Alberta regulator suspends oil and gas firm’s licences after no one answers emergency number by The Canadian Press, April 2, 2018, Calgary Herald CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator says it … Continue reading
Another study: Inadequate state oil & gas regulations threaten groundwater resources. In Canada too? With AER’s “Best in the World” Lies & Charter violations to silence harmed citizens?
INADEQUATE STATE OIL AND GAS REGULATIONS THREATEN GROUNDWATER RESOURCES, STUDY FINDS by PSE Healthy Energy, March 12, 2018 OAKLAND, CA, MARCH 12, 2018 — Definitions of “protected groundwater” in 17 state oil and gas regulations are inconsistent and in many cases less … Continue reading
Errors or more judicial misogyny? Appeal panel rules trial judge ‘erred,’ issues convictions on 25 charges related to 18 complainants for Chatham-Kent violin teacher; Panel requested different trial court judge determine sentencing. Phew! It’s about time.
Appeal panel rules trial judge ‘erred,’ issues convictions for Chatham-Kent violin teacher, The appeal panel has remitted the matter back to Superior Court by CBC News with files from Lisa Zing, Jul 23, 2019, CBC News A former violin teacher … Continue reading
Chester County, Pennsylvania: Tormented by Hell Holes (sink holes), Then your home bought out & family gagged
Sunoco buys two homes at Chester County site of Mariner East 2-related sinkhole, State and county documents show company paid $400,000 each for properties by Jon Hurdle, April 29, 2019, State Impact Sunoco Pipeline bought two homes on Lisa Drive, … Continue reading
Secrets & lies by AER & Alberta govt to cover-up Encana’s secrets, lies & frac crimes; Supreme Court of Canada in the cover-up business too? Top Court signs pact to keep records of deliberations secret for at least 50 years; Reserves right to keep some secret forever
Is this perhaps because Supreme Court of Canada wants Ernst and others concerned about the court’s charter-damaging and lying ruling in Ernst vs AER to be long dead before Justice Abella’s drafts and deliberations of her ruling, and where she … Continue reading
Judicial Tragedy: U.S. District Judge William Alsup wanted to “stick to the science” and avoid politics, presided over standing room only tutorial on climate change, but let big oil off using politics. Science is on humanity’s side, the law is not.
Originally posted in 2018; Reposted July 23, 2019 The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. — Isaac Asimov Comment to the March 21, 2018 article: Debbie MacLeod · Calgary, Alberta … Continue reading