Author Archives: Jessica Ernst

Frac’er Chesapeake Energy Corp magically “shedding” $US 7.7 Billion in debt not good enough?

Chesapeake CEO Doug Lawler steps down, months after company emerges from bankruptcy by Reuters, April 27, 2021, The Globe and Mail Chesapeake Energy Corp said on Tuesday that Chief Executive Officer Doug Lawler would leave at the end of April, … Continue reading

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New study: From 1800 to 2018, collective energy systems resulted in more than 278,000 human fatalities and about $421.3 billion in economic damages. “Across all accidents, fuel extraction and processing, transmission and distribution, and transportation have the most fatalities, and yet conversion and operation, transmission and distribution, and transportation have the most damages.”

Critically assessing and projecting the frequency, severity, and cost of major energy accidents by Jinsoo Kim, Donghoon Ryu, and Benjamin K. Sovacool, The Extractive Industries and Society, Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2021, 100885 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2021.02.005 Highlights We analyze energy accidents … Continue reading

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North Dakota: “Thorny legal territory of subsurface property ownership.” Pore space “turf war.” Massive deregulation ahead to steal the valuable asset from landowners to give to oil and gas companies?

North Dakota landowners, oil industry butt heads over holes in the ground, Subterranean caverns known as “pore space” are as old as geology itself, but they have lately emerged as the scene of a turf war between a small landowners … Continue reading

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Frac ‘n Shale Sale: Everything Must GO! “Shale Investors Looking for Greater Fools” & “The Return of Liar Loans”

In my view, having researched frac’ing for nearly 20 years, this analysis by Justin Mikulka nicely explains why AIMCo has been “lending” big money to already bankrupt, or soon to be bankrupt frac’ers. And why Jason Kenney took teachers’ pensions … Continue reading

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Conservative Premiers squirting us with Radioactive Lemons (Unsafe nuclear reactors with innocent new name, Small Modular Reactors)

Blowing up the idea of nuclear Letter to Editor by David Geary, Saskatoon, April 24, 20121, Calgary Herald Re: Kenney inks small-scale nuclear power deal, April 15 Premier Kenney, don’t buy a nuclear lemon! Aggressive marketing tactics by small modular … Continue reading

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More “Rule of Law” When it Suits Them: Alberta’s Bill 70, COVID-19 Related Measures Act, 2021 (legislation to be retroactive to March 1, 2020) protects as usual, investors and business over health and family.

Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu@UbakaOgbogu: @Lorian_H and I wrote about Bill 70, the Bill to Screw COVID-Impacted Albertans Over…. Dr. Pamela Banting@PamelaBanting: How bitterly ironic that the UCP wants to pass this Bill to grant legal immunity to owners and managers of … Continue reading

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New Study, Fracking Kills: Cumulative exposure to frac’ing increases heart attacks among middle-aged and older residents in Pennsylvania. “Bans on hydraulic fracturing can be protective for public health.”

Acute myocardial infarction associated with unconventional natural gas development: A natural experiment by Alina Denham, Mary D. Willis, Daniel P. Croft, Linxi Liu, and Elaine L. Hill, Environmental Research, Volume 195, April 2021, 110872, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2021.110872 Highlights Long-term exposure to unconventional … Continue reading

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California ban on new frac’ing – yes, no, maybe, maybe not

California governor plans to announce ban on new fracking permits -Politico by Reuters, April 22, 2022 California Governor Gavin Newsom is planning to announce a ban on new fracking permits, Politico’s energy reporter posted on Twitter. “The announcement could happen … Continue reading

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Frac’d to Hell NEBC, Kiskatinaw area: After fracs were stopped, quakes keep shaking

Earthquakes Continued after COVID-19-related Fracking Shutdown by Laboratory Equipment, April 21, 2021 When hydraulic fracturing operations ground to a halt last spring in the Kiskatinaw area of British Columbia, researchers expected seismic quiescence in the region. Instead, hundreds of small … Continue reading

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Houston’s oil patch taking taking cues from financial markets, moving on to cleaner pastures, while Kenney and Alberta’s UCP remain stuck up a dinosaur’s arse. Billionaire John Arnold: “The markets are rewarding those in a growth industry (zero carbon energy) vs one in secular decline.” E-frac’ing is too expensive.

Legendary Trader Sees ‘Seismic Shift’ in Houston’s Oil Patch by Gerson Freitas Jr. and David Wethe, April 20, 2021, Yahoo Finance (Bloomberg) — For John Arnold, the billionaire philanthropist who made his fortune betting on natural gas prices, Houston’s fossil-fuel … Continue reading

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Australia News Live: NSW gov’t pays Shenhua mining company more than $362 Million to exit *one* coal mine. What would Albertans have to pay to exit six?

NSW government to pay Shenhua mining company $100m to exit coal mine The Guardian Update 4.51am BST, April 20, 2021 The NSW government will pay Chinese-owned mining giant Shenhua $100m to withdraw from its Watermark coal mine project on the … Continue reading

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Oooo la la! Spain bans frac’ing Nationwide

Spain passes climate bill banning new oil, gas exploration by Robert Perkins, S&P Global Platts, May 14, 2021 HIGHLIGHTS Deadline for existing upstream blocks set for 2042 Follows similar moves by Denmark, France, Ireland New climate law also bans fracking … Continue reading

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Private equity is ditching shale. “It is the end of an era in which private equity was often the shale sector’s crucial financier.” A little bit of a last gasp: Oil producers are “dying on the vine.”

US oil drillers ‘dying on the vine’ as PE flight prompts funding drought, Stricken operators launch ‘last gasp’ efforts to boost cash flow and attract buyers by Derek Brower and Justin Jacobs, April 14, 2021, Financial Times A vital source … Continue reading

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Johnny Gogan’s Frac Film Groundswell (Home is a Sacrifice Zone) released in UK and Ireland. Emma Kiely: “Groundswell is a triumphant, transparent and aesthetically magnificent account of the loving relationship between people and their land, and the fight to protect it from the powerful and the greedy.”

List of UK venues Groundswell Documentary Facebook Page Groundswell Review by Emma Kiely, April 12, 2021, The UP Coming 22nd April 2021 is this year’s Earth Day, and Johnny Gogan’s documentary Groundswell (also known as Home is a Sacrifice Zone) … Continue reading

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North Dakota: Judge rules ‘pore space’ bill unconstitutional because it took property from landowners, destroyed its value, gave it to corporations: “The taking of pore space from surface owners is clearly and unambiguously for the constitutionally impermissible purpose of economic development to benefit private parties, i.e. the oil and gas industry.” Bill 2344 (2019) responded to Mosser v Denbury (2017). Alberta gov’t stole pore space from landowners in 2010.

Douglas Malsbury Administrator Alberta Surface Rights Group FB Page: Bill 24 the “Carbon Capture and Sequestration Statutes Amendment Act” may have been the greatest theft of all the land theft bills in Alberta! In one swoop the “Crown” seized real … Continue reading

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Happy 39th Birthday Canda’s Tar ‘n Frac’d Charter of Rights!

The very worst impulses of humankind can survive generations, centuries, even millenia. And the best of our individual efforts can die with us at the end of a single lifetime. Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian The truth is that when an … Continue reading

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Lorne Fitch: “Open Letter to Investors in Coal: Psst! Wanna buy a coal mine?” Alberta’s Reclamation in the Eastern Slopes: Lipstick on a Decapitated Corpse. biff: “What better name for a minister in charge of rape, pillage and plunder of our natural and needed lands: savage.”

If you want to learn how Alberta Environment protects multinational corporations that violate the Water Act and AEPEA, polluting an entire community’s drinking water supply, read my Statement of Claim, Alberta’s lying Statement of Defence and my response to their … Continue reading

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AIMCo’s new CEO: Evan Siddall, lawyer with Irving Oil history! Stealing from pensioners to finance friends of Jason Kenney & Steve Harper, flailing frac’ers, polluting big oil (that investors are fleeing) and Small Nukes for big oil?

Nuclear reactors to steam Alberta’s aquifer-polluting tarsands is not clean or safe. Pretending so will be the ruse to make taxpayers pay, giving more corporate welfare to billion dollar profit-raping companies (while working to destroy public health and education). An … Continue reading

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Blatant aquifer contamination by industrial chicken corporation, Mountaire, continues unchecked for decades as regulators did little but scratch their corrupt testicles, like AER, Alberta Health, Alberta Environment, Alberta Research Council protecting illegal aquifer frac’er Encana/Ovintiv and other polluters. 7200 sickened plaintiffs to split shamefully shoddy $65 Million settlement.

A poultry plant, years of groundwater contamination and, finally, a court settlement, Residents in Millsboro, Del., sued the local Mountaire facility, which they suspect is linked to their cancers and other serious health problems by Darryl Fears, April 13, 2021, … Continue reading

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Canada: National study led by Halifax researchers on effects of radon gas and arsenic exposure (frac’ing has been linked to radon release into homes and arsenic into resident water wells)

Hydraulic fracturing is the last thing that ought to be happening in Canada because of the release of radon and arsenic alone, never mind the many other health-harming and water contaminating impacts. Halifax cancer researcher Graham Dellaire studies effects of … Continue reading

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Nuclear reactors to steam Alberta’s aquifer-polluting tarsands is not clean or safe. Pretending so will be the ruse to make taxpayers pay, giving more corporate welfare to billion dollar profit-raping companies (while working to destroy public health and education). An unwise greedy idea, that will enable more tarshit shipping (needs toxic condensate), spills and use (risking life on earth).

Jason Kenney needs to apologize to BigFoot Family and Netflix. Pronto! Jason Kenney/UCP vs BigFoot: Lying big oil pimping $120 Million War Room attacks a cartoon (even though Alberta had planned and plans to nuke bitumen & there are plans … Continue reading

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Is Pieridae going to threaten to SLAPP the Chronicle Herald too, for reporting on *public* information vital to the *public* interest?

Jim Cramer was right. It *is* happening really quickly. World first! New Zealand introduces legislation requiring banks, insurers and investment managers to report effects of climate change on their business. “This law will bring climate risks and resilience into the … Continue reading

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Natural gas industry noise even detrimental to plants, while AER enables industrial noise pollution to cumulatively escalate

Noisy environments can have detrimental effect on plants, study finds, Persistent noise from natural gas wells in New Mexico disrupted birds that feed on and distribute pinyon seeds As humans proliferate, we have penetrated deeper into wildlife habitats, creating a … Continue reading

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Jim Cramer was right. It *is* happening really quickly. World first! New Zealand introduces legislation requiring banks, insurers and investment managers to report effects of climate change on their business. “This law will bring climate risks and resilience into the heart of financial and business decision making.”

In world first, New Zealand mulls climate law for financial firms, New Zealand says banks and insurers of a certain size will have to report how they manage climate-related risks by Reuters, April 13, 2021, Al Jazeera New Zealand has … Continue reading

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USA: More than 375 elected officials call for: full ban on new federal frac permits and fossil fuel infrastructure; to revoke permits for sites within 2,500 ft (763 m) of homes or schools; to end subsidies for the industry; a nation-wide frac ban by 2025; and “support a just transition to clean energy for workers and communities impacted by fossil fuels.”

In Alberta and other parts of Canada, the oil and gas industry can frac us, install noisy compressors and other polluting infrastructure and dump its toxic waste within 100 m (328 ft) of our homes, schools, care facilities, hospitals, playgrounds, … Continue reading

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Study: Total VOC emissions from natural gas compressors related to higher human mortality rates.

Natural gas pipeline compressor stations: VOC emissions and mortality rates by Michael Hendryx and Juhua Luo, The Extractive Industries and Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, July 2020, Pages 864-869, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2020.04.011 Highlights Natural gas pipeline compressor stations are expanding around the … Continue reading

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Caveman Canada brutalizing women, yet again.

Mercedes Stephenson@MercedesGlobal: Reminder that the government shut down a probe into sexual misconduct and sexual assault in the military this week. So they could put together a report of recommendations that mirror what the government has been being told since … Continue reading

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NY State Pension Fund (3rd largest public pension in USA) blacklists tarsands companies: Imperial Oil, CNRL, Husky Energy, MEG Energy, Athabasca Oil, Japan Petroleum Expl Ltd. & Cenovus (Encana/Ovintiv spawn) for failing “to show they are transitioning out of oil sands production,” will sell off more than US$7 million in securities in these companies, will not make any further investments in them. Frac’ers to be evaluated next.

New York state pension fund says it’s selling off a $7M stake in oilsands, The third-largest U.S. public pension fund says it’s transitioning to net-zero investments by David Thurton, CBC News, Apr 12, 2021 New York’s multi-billion-dollar government-run pension fund announced … Continue reading

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Quebec Environmental Law Centre to aid Environnement Vert Plus and spokesperson, Pascal Bergeron, threatened with legal action by Pieridae Energy Ltd. for having shared *public* information vital to the **public interest** that the company wants kept secret even though it demanded nearly $1Billion from the public. Law centre Director Genevieve Paul: “This is akin to an attempted gag order that clearly aims to intimidate people who are mobilized.”

Non-profit Quebec law centre to aid environmental group targeted by Alberta oil firm by Patrice Bergeron, The Canadian Press Apr 10, 2021, Energetic City The Quebec Environmental Law Centre is coming to the aid of an environmental group targeted by … Continue reading

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How “law makers” put polluting corporations above the law.

Energy “regulators” copy deregulation in other jurisdictions. AER is 100% industry-funded and controlled, largely by Encana/Cenovus/Ovintiv. AER’s public interest mandate was removed after my lawsuit went public and the deregulator has no public health mandate. Republicans Introduce Bill Saying DEP … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania: More deregulation, subsidies and gifts ahead to benefit oil & gas polluters. Kids with cancer, be damned.

Republican Bills Again Seek To Make Road Dumping Of Conventional Drilling Wastewater Legal by PA Environment Digest, April 9, 2021 Senate and House Republicans last week introduced House Bill 1144 (Causer-R- Cameron) and Senate Bill 534 (Hutchinson-R-Venango) which would not … Continue reading

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Bully Big Oil, in this case Enbridge, above the law as usual, defying Michigan Governor Whitmer’s order, suing instead even though the company “failed for decades” to heed regulatory requirements, putting more than 700 miles of Great Lakes shoreline at risk if Line 5 spills.

Can a Pipeline Firm Defy a Governor’s Orders? Gretchen Whitmer Is About to Find Out, The ongoing battle between Enbridge Energy and the state of Michigan by Jena Brooker, April 8, 2021, Mother Jones As governor, Gretchen Whitmer vowed to … Continue reading

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Murray Klippenstein reportedly chased rich white COVID-denying law-violating Adam Skelly after abruptly quitting me and my public interest lawsuit. Are lawyers allowed to dump paying clients to chase others while lying and harming cases of clients dumped?

In 2018, my then lead lawyer Murray Klippenstein abruptly quit my lawsuit, blaming me for not having faith in the legal system even though he advised me in 2007 when he took on my case it would cost me more … Continue reading

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New Mexico Navajo Nation’s “fracking tsunami.” In USA, Enbridge pays police to harass Indigenous women; In Canada, public-funded police (and courts) harass women for oil and gas companies for free. Researchers increasingly believe exposure to trichloroethylene (used in frac’ing) is a cause of Parkinson’s Disease (fastest-growing neurological disorder in the world)

2020: How Militarizing Police Sets up Protesters as ‘the Enemy,’ A scholar and former officer traces the trend. It’s been building in Canada and the US for years by Tom Nolan (visiting associate professor of sociology at Emmanuel College Boston) … Continue reading

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Fossil fuel companies are job killers (and contaminate families, health, security, food, water, air, land, food and communities)

Fossil Fuel Companies Are Job Killers, New analysis shows the number of workers required per project will soon fall by 20 to 30 percent, even without a transition to renewables by Kate Aronoff, April 5, 2021, The New Republic … … Continue reading

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X University’s new Faculty of Law renamed Lincoln Alexander School of Law. Maybe, some day, Canadian courts will be equally represented with persons of colour and women, and less white men stuck on racism, colonialism, money and misogyny

X renames law school after the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, University pays tribute to Alexander’s legacy as a leader in the fight for racial equality by X Today, April 06, 2021 Lincoln Alexander was the first Black person to be elected … Continue reading

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Canada takes 9 years to fine Teck for contaminating waterways. Will Teck Pay? Given Teck’s history, unlikely. Is this just another pretend to regulate to make Albertans stop protesting coal mining in the Eastern Slopes? Lars Sander-Green: “What Teck and other mining companies have learned is not to worry about Environment Canada”

Failure to pay: $1.3B in fines dating back decades owed to provinces and territories, Hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for provincial offences go uncollected, sometimes for decades by Aaron Saltzman, Matthew Pierce, Albert Leung, CBC News, Mar 11, … Continue reading

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“Ring around the Rosie” Catch 22: AER & Alberta Environment ping pong game benefits corporations and the rich. Energy Minister Sonia Savage: “No, that water is under the Alberta Environment and Park’s responsibility and the Alberta Energy Regulator makes decisions regarding coal projects and water was not going to be part of the coal policy review.”

Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: there must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect. – Frank Wilhoit Think Alberta regulators and politicians will protect … Continue reading

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Bravo! A bright light in Caveman Canada’s racist legal industry. Legal scholar Joshua Sealy-Harrington to teach at X ULaw: “The law is a powerful mediator and site of white supremacy and colonialism.”

I think Mr. Sealy-Harrington’s teaching and writing will undo some of the racist horrors and set backs caused by the Law Society of Ontario killing their Statement of Principals. Joshua Sealy-Harrington@JoshuaSealy April 3, 2021: Overjoyed to announce that I will … Continue reading

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US oil & gas companies took over $8 Billion in tax breaks then laid off thousands; In Canada too, especially Ovintiv/Cenovus/Encana

“Kenney the job killer.” Lyin’ thugs Steve Harper, Jason Kenney & Ralph Klein, etc. etc. etc., decimatin’ jobs, pensions, regulations, health & education to give $Billions to $Billion-profiting oil & gas companies (mostly foreign-owned), while hangin’ Canadians with pollution, infrastructure … Continue reading

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Congratulations Michael de Adder (Canada’s own) on your first cartoon in The Washington Post. “Who’s on trial?” What a start.

Congratulations also to The Washington Post for their brilliant new hire. Who’s on trial by Michael de Adder (my favourite cartoonist), March 31, 2021, The Washington Post Here it is colour: Michael de Adder lands political cartooning job with the … Continue reading

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Wood MacKenzie: No US LNG export projects expected in 2021, making it second year in a row facilities don’t get built as sponsors struggle to secure long-term contracts, Some projects may die

No U.S. LNG Export FIDs Predicted in 2021, Says Wood Mackenzie by Caroline Evans, March 31, 2021, Natural Gas Intelligence No U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects are expected to be sanctioned this year, marking the second year in a … Continue reading

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Biden administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure spending package could kill US coal and gas: In part by cutting “billions of dollars in subsidies, loopholes, and special foreign tax credits for the fossil fuel industry.”

Biden’s big infrastructure bill could doom the US coal and gas energy sector by Tim McDonnell, March 31, 2021, Quartz The White House released details of the Biden administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure spending package on Mar. 31. The package is focused … Continue reading

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Eagle Ford: Ovintiv/Encana sells leases for less than one-third of $3.1 billion it paid for them in 2014

Shale Driller Sells Leases for Third of What It Paid in 2014 by David Wethe, March 24, 2021, Bloomberg Markets Ovintiv Inc., the shale oil producer recently pressed by an activist investor to cut its debt load, agreed to sell … Continue reading

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Plainsmen Energy Inc v. Ovintiv Mid-Continent Inc: Suit alleges frac’ing by Ovintiv/Encana decreased oil production and flooding of frac fluids damaged property.

Where did Ovintiv Mid-Continent Inc come from? Cory v. Newfield Expl. Mid-Con, Inc. Opinion, April 12,2020 … Newfield Exploration Company merged with a wholly owned subsidiary of Encana Corporation, which is based in Canada. … After removal, Encana Corporation was … Continue reading

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“Good hygiene is essential to preventing the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.” For that, one needs safe water which in my community, Encana/Ovintiv illegally frac’d, enabled by AER and Alberta gov’t. 17 years later, I remain living without safe water.

Ban on US water shutoffs could have prevented thousands of Covid deaths – study, Researchers say half a million infections might have been stopped if more states had suspended disconnections during pandemic by Nina Lakhani, 26 Mar 2021, The Guardian … Continue reading

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Prof Rebecca Harrington on frac quakes in western Canada: “The earthquakes do originate from industrial activities.” Research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) and McGill University (Canada) investigating when frac’ing shakes the earth

What happens underground during hydraulic fracturing by Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum, March 30, 2021, Phys.org A research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and McGill University in Montreal is investigating what exactly happens underground when the earth in western Canada shakes as a result … Continue reading

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Is it possible to have an independent judiciary and the rule of law without democracy? It’s challenging enough *with* democracy, given human nature, racism, misogyny and the power of corporations, governments and the rich.

Independent judges are no protection against bad laws, m’lud, Perhaps if some of his friends had been jailed, Lord Sumption would share my misgivings about foreign lawyers fostering the pretence that we still enjoy the rule of law, writes Tim … Continue reading

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Jason Kenney/UCP vs BigFoot: Lying big oil pimping $120 Million War Room attacks a cartoon (even though Alberta had planned and plans to nuke bitumen & there are plans to frac with nuclear waste).

Malcolm Mayes cartoon, Edmonton Journal, March 30, 2021 Stupidly and expensively spun for us via the liars at UCP’s $30 million a year War Room that propagandizes for billion dollar profit-raping oil and gas companies (mostly foreign-owned), name later changed … Continue reading

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War Room #2 start-up under Alberta Environment? What will they call it? The Canadian Environment Centre? Netflix must be thrilled.

First, watch and listen (make sure sound is on, and volume up), 1:13 Min. Halfvaxxed Albertan.@Govman01 Mar 12 Replying to @vote4robgill and @jkenney Oh My God I think I just laughed up a kidney. Subsequent tweet (sputter sputter, too much … Continue reading

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Wall Street tepid for frac’er Vine Energy Inc., carrying $1.22 billion in debt, led by past Encana execs. In 2020, Vine reported unadjusted $252.2 million in losses; refinancing unsecured notes due 2023 could prove challenging.

Pure-play shale gas driller Vine gets chilly reception on Wall Street by Bill Holland, March 18, 2021, S&P Global Market Intelligence Haynesville shale gas producer Vine Energy Inc. tested the market’s waters in the first oil and gas IPO in … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court gives gas industry big victory, Rules in favour of frac royalty cheaters (Anadarko, Chesapeake), Kills Attorney General’s anti-trust lawsuit. Jackie Root: “It just seems like ruling after ruling is coming down in favor of the oil and gas companies, handing them all the cards and all the money.”

Pa. Supreme Court ruling erodes Marcellus Shale royalty cheating case by Laura Legere, March 26, 2021, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the attorney general cannot use the state’s consumer protection law to make claims on behalf … Continue reading

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New York Senate Passes Hoylman Bill to Ban the Use of Fracking Byproducts as Highway De-Icing Agents

“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) NY Senate Passes Hoylman … Continue reading

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“When does no mean no?” (To a rapist, never.) Lethbridge & Calgary said “NO!” to frac’ing; Albertans say “NO!” to mining of the Easter Slopes. Go home Ozzie coal. NO means NO!

The Power of NO! Huge VICTORY by the people, businesses, community and City of Lethbridge: Goldenkey withdraws from Penny Project All courageously and firmly said “NO!” to frac’ing in the City of Lethbridge The Power of “No” Review of presentation … Continue reading

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Canada: Access to (In)justice is excellent and incredibly expensive. Joshua Sealy-Harrington: “The next time someone asks you about access to justice, ask them what they mean by justice.”

Civil Litigation Case(s): Hryniak v. Mauldin, 2014 SCC 7 Access to (In)justice: A critical race reflection by Joshua Sealy-Harrington, March 24, 2021, The Lawyer’s Daily It is a privilege to be invited by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin to write … Continue reading

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“Bad Corporate Citizen” Pieridae, after demanding nearly $1Billion of public’s money (during a pandemic no less) while promoting dubious Goldboro LNG in Nova Scotia, now threatens legal action to silence concerned citizens. Bradley Toms: “If there’s one way to show you’ve got bad intentions it’s threatening a SLAPP lawsuit against people who are just repeating things that you’ve said.”

Dear Mr. Alfred Sorenson: If LNG and carbon capture were economical and clean, no oil and gas company would need the public’s money. Keep your grubby greedy mitts off our money and pensions, and stuff your zombie project into the … Continue reading

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How many companies, regulators, police, lawyers and judges enable harm to women and bully and harm women directly?

A tiny sampling of men in positions of power since I began speaking out about frac harms: Gwyn Morgan was CEO of Encana (now Ovintiv) and led the company to rape Rosebud’s fresh water aquifers that supply my community and … Continue reading

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The big picture of violence against women

Sarah Boesveld@sarahboesveld March 24, 2021: A woman in Kitchener, Ont gets fined for sharing documents with trusted friends & family about her own court case; a teenager in Britain fined for reporting her stalker to police five times before being … Continue reading

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Catholic Pedophile Church in Action: Estimates of more than 10,000 child victims in France. “Their stories are a true memorial of pain. Entire lives have been devastated.” Time to “cancel” Rape Religion?

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says to avoid Johnson & Johnson vaccine if possible by Jaclyn Peiser and Michelle Boorstein, March 3, 2021, The Washington Post On Tuesday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged Catholics to avoid taking the Johnson … Continue reading

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Frac fluids and those injected for enhanced oil recovery (including under guise of carbon capture) and gas storage don’t stay put either.

Why Frack Wastewater Injected Underground Doesn’t Always Stay There by Julie Grant, March 19, 2021, The Allegheny Front Salty wastewater produced by fracking for oil and gas has to go somewhere. Often, it’s injected into disposal wells deep underground. But … Continue reading

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