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Oil patch hot potato: Walk from billions in clean up costs. “It’s the public who loses.” Frac’ers, including Encana/Ovintiv, working to reduce debt and keep investors from fleeing.

Oil and Gas Firms Are Saddling States with Billions in Cleanup Costs, “It’s like a game of hot potato.” by Nick Bowlin The problem is much worse in Alberta, thanks to law violating, no duty of care, corporate crime enabler, … Continue reading

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Yukon Territorial election called; wiping out the frac moratorium

WILL THERE BE FRACKING IN THE YUKON? by Donald J. Roberts, March 2021 Newsletter, Yukoners Concerned  Please be aware that  the 2021 Yukon Territorial election has been called and that means the“NO FRACKING” MORITORIUM IS CANCELLED. Chance Oil and Gas … Continue reading

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New drilling moratorium needed

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Legal experts question Beverley McLachlin’s position at Hong Kong court; Amir Attaran: “[Her] judgment is deeply lacking – like shamefully – if she thinks it propitious to become a judge in Hong Kong at its peak of its repression. … So what possible good can she do by being there, and collaborating in emergent tyranny? Her moral compass is totally demagnetized.”

Amir Attaran@profamirattaran Replying to @profamirattaran Fact: “In February, the Court of Final Appeal said it did not have the jurisdiction to constitutionally review the National Security Law.” So what possible good can she do by being there, and collaborating in … Continue reading

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Bravo! Alberta Teachers’ Association file lawsuit against UCP to try protect teachers’ $19.3 Billion retirement fund (about 84,000 members) from sleazy, mega money losing, frac fingers AIMCo

ATA Files Legal Challenge on Pensions Press Release by Alberta Teachers Association, March 12, 2021 A ministerial order on teacher pension management is unreasonable and should be declared invalid by the courts, argues a legal application submitted for filing by … Continue reading

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Entire PA Senate Republican Caucus files lawsuit to overturn Delaware River Basin Commission frac ban

16 Members Of PA Senate Democratic Caucus Filed Motion To Intervene In PA Senate Republican Caucus Legal Challenge To Delaware River Basin Commission Natural Gas Fracking Ban by David E. Hess, March 12, 2021, PA Environment Digest Blog On March … Continue reading

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Ohio: U.S. District Judge Michael Watson blocks new oil & gas leasing & frac’ing in Wayne National Forest, prohibits new surface disturbances on existing leases, and prohibits water withdrawals from Little Muskingum River for already approved drilling, saying the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management had “demonstrated a disregard for the different types of impacts caused by fracking in the Forest. The agencies made decisions premised on a faulty foundation.”

Federal judge blocks new fracking in Wayne National Forest by The Lawrence Herald, March 12, 2021 COLUMBUS — A federal judge on Monday blocked new oil and gas leasing and fracking in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest, according to a news … Continue reading

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“Toxic masculinity” in the patch: All frac’d up in North Dakota: New book, The Good Hand, by Michael Patrick F. Smith

All fracked up: A debut memoir wrestles with toxic masculinity in the oil fields, Michael Patrick F. Smith’s ‘The Good Hand’ offers sharp observations on North Dakota’s extraction industry by Jason Christian, Feb. 17, 2021, High Country News Courtesy Penguin … Continue reading

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Yet another dirty judge? Farley Toothman, who let serial oilfield wastewater dumper Robert Allan Shipman walk (98 criminal counts charged against Shipman and 77 charges against his company across six counties from 2003 to 2009), claims health issues could impede him from testifying at his misconduct trial.

Toothman claims ‘health issues’ could impede him from testifying at misconduct trial by Mike Jones, March 11, 2021, Observer-Reporter Former Greene County judge Farley Toothman is shown in his chambers in this file photo by Mike Jones WAYNESBURG – Former … Continue reading

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Poor baby Shell, threatening to run away because of Nigeria harm lawsuits, just like pouting Encana/Ovintiv when any authority dares mention regulating polluters or raising royalties/permit fees to pay for cleanup that companies refuse to do.

Nigeria’s Lawsuits Against Shell Could Cause Oil Major Exodus by Viktor Katona, Mar 10, 2021, Oil Price Judging from recent headlines, Nigeria has unleashed one of the most spectacular legal attacks on one of its key oil and gas investors, … Continue reading

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Rule of Law abuses Canadians to service one rich white American. B.C. Appeal Court gives Stan Kroenke – one of richest men in the world – right to stop anglers from accessing two “public” lakes. Our lawyers, judges and politicians insist they serve the public interest. Pffft.

The court is most merciful when the accused is most rich. Proverb U.S. billionaire wins battle to keep anglers off his giant ranch near Merritt, Stan Kroenke wins battle to stop anglers from accessing lakes on his ranch, even though … Continue reading

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But, but, they promised frac’ing us would make everyone rich! 1,000 gas wells later, Greene Co PA going broke. Will a judge give it $Billions in magic money as given to frac’ers? I doubt it.

Judge lets Chesapeake escape bankruptcy, sets free $7 Billion in debt, gives “big payday” to some, says to CEO Robert Lawler: “To remember that a lot of people have suffered a lot of pain for Chesapeake to have a second … Continue reading

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Loving, incredible, powerful, beautiful obit for David Schindler, filled with love, science, wonder and water, by Andrew Nikiforuk in The Tyee, of course.

Condolences to Dr. Schindler’s loved ones. Comment in from USA: “Epic.” David Schindler, the Scientific Giant Who Defended Fresh Water, Among the world’s greatest ecologists, his boreal research has touched all of our lives by Andrew Nikiforuk, March 9, 2021, … Continue reading

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And, the winner is … drum roll … Chesapeake (and the new ombudsperson). Attorney General Josh Shapiro settles with shyster frac company for $5.3 Million for royalty restitution for PA landowners. Who pays for the $7 Billion in magic money given to Chesapeake by the bankruptcy judge?

AG Shapiro, Chesapeake Energy Reach Settlement Amid Bankruptcy Press Release by Office of the Attorney General Josh Shapiro, March 8, 2021 Shapiro Ensures Protections for Landowners Moving Forward TUNKHANNOCK, PA—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that the Pennsylvania Office of … Continue reading

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Investors v. Frac’ers: Two lawsuits filed, one against Apache Corp, one against Range Resources for making shit up (like Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella, AER, Alberta gov’t, and Encana/Ovintiv). Do frac’ers ever tell the truth?

TXsharon@TXsharon to Justin Mikulka March 9, 2021: Put the executives in the slammer. Justin Mikulka@JustinMikulka: If oil companies promise investors they can produce oil that isn’t really there, should they be held responsible? What if there is evidence from employees … Continue reading

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Is Noise Pollution the Next Big Public-Health Crisis? Research shows that loud noise can have significant impact on human health and devastate ecosystems. “The first thing that has to happen is love.”

Sounds of Silence: The Extinction Crisis Is Taking Away the Earth’s Music by Tara Lohan, The Revelator, Mar. 01, 2021, Ecowatch What does a biodiversity crisis sound like? You may need to strain your ears to hear it. In the … Continue reading

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Does frac’ing kill kids?

When the Kids Started Getting Sick, After pressure from families, Pennsylvania has launched studies into whether fracking can be linked to local illnesses by Eliza Griswold, March 2, 2021, The New Yorker The home of Janice and Kurt Blanock, in … Continue reading

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Environmental and public health groups ask Pennsylvania Dept. of Health to expand scope of studies on frac health harms to include facilities that handle waste (often radioactive).

Groups want fracking waste included in health study, U. of Pittsburgh researchers slated to conduct 3-year study by Reid Frazier, March 5, 2021, State Impact Environmental and public health advocates want the Pennsylvania Department of Health to expand the scope … Continue reading

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Judge David Hittner imposes record $14.25 million pollution penalty against ExxonMobil, rejecting the company’s “act of God” defense. “We call on Exxon to finally stop its scorched-earth litigation tactics, pay its penalty and drop these endless appeals.”

Federal Judge again orders record penalty against Exxon for thousands of Clean Air Act Violations Press Release by Environment Texas, March 2, 2021 HOUSTON – In yet another loss for ExxonMobil Corporation in a historic and long-running environmental enforcement case, … Continue reading

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If rape-enabling shit sits atop the judicial industry, what runs through it?

Chief Justice Bobde: Are you a rapist? India’s top judge tells accused rapist to marry victim to avoid jail, Sharad Arvind Bobde faces calls to resign over remarks to government technician about schoolgirl by Agence France-Presse in Mumbai, March 4, … Continue reading

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Monitoring methane emissions from gas pipelines using satellite data from Copernicus Sentinel missions

Monitoring methane emissions from gas pipelines by The European Space Agency, March 4, 2021 For the first time, scientists, using satellite data from the Copernicus Sentinel missions, are now able to detect individual methane plumes leaking from natural gas pipelines … Continue reading

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Take your environment and community raping Rosebud racetrack and stuff it you know where: Calgary.

Over 1,700 comments to the CBC article, many opposed and horrified. The racetrack project is about 4 km from Rosebud. The noise will be horrific, amplified by the steep coulee walls. Encana/Ovintiv illegally frac’d Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers in 2004, … Continue reading

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Australia: Victorian State Gov’t follows though on commitment, enshrines frac ban in Constitution, safeguards regions from threat of practices not trusted or supported by community.

Protecting farming and tourism from fracking forever Press Release by Victoria Govt, March 5, 2021, Mirage News The Victorian Government has followed through on its commitment to enshrine the fracking ban in Victoria’s Constitution. The Fracking Ban Bill has this … Continue reading

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Bravo! Congratulations and thank you Dr. John O’Connor, winner of 2021 Peter Bryce Prize for Whistleblowing

2021 Peter Bryce Prize for Whistleblowing 40 Min. Podcast, March 3, 2021 Announcement & Presentation of Inaugural Award 2021 Winner: Dr. John O’Connor Join in the announcement and presentation of the inaugural award of the Peter Bryce Prize given annually to honour … Continue reading

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Frac’d to Hell NEBC, Rose Prairie: Explosive gas levels in *water* well kill $1.3 Million “potable” water station day before it was to open to the public. Taking bets: Will nature be blamed or frac’ers?

Rose Prairie is 31 km north of Fort St John The gas-contaminated water well for the Rose Prairie potable water station, with two energy wells south of it: Information on the two energy wells south of the contaminated water well: … Continue reading

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New silica sand extraction invasion of aquifers by CanWhite Sands Inc. and enabling authorities in Manitoba, Canada; Citizen water supplies already reported to be adversely affected.

CanWhite Sands Inc. reportedly claims their extraction project in Manitoba is to obtain silica sand primarily for solar panels, glass and other non frac uses. I do not believe it; I expect they are after sand for frac’ing and are … Continue reading

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New paper affirms unprecedented slowdown of the Gulf Stream System (aka Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, AMOC)

Current Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation weakest in last millennium by L. Caesar, G. D. McCarthy, D. J. R. Thornalley, N. Cahill and S. Rahmstorf, Feb 25, 2021, Nature Geoscience The paper is a tart succinct read. The Atlantic Meridional Overturning … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Frac Sand Mining Harms Lawsuit: Cooks Valley couple files lawsuit against EOG Resources and Kraemer Mining & Materials for property and groundwater pollution, damages to home, radon gas, health and property value harms

“Frac Sand Mines, Processing Plants, and Rail-load-outs can be found in abundance in NW Wisconsin. Many people, young and old alike, have had their lives impacted upon by health, safety, economic concerns and an abundance of other issues surrounding this … Continue reading

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Update: Mountains Not Mines mugs are back in stock! (I was sent my very own mug and chocolates.)

Mountains Not Mines and Fuck You Kenney mugs have been restocked! This time, $12 from each mug will be donated to the No Coal Mines on Niitsitapi Land GoFundMe. As of March 2, 2021: $11,345 raised of $20,000 goal Latasha … Continue reading

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New Investigation: Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking: Families in western Pennsylvania exposed to harmful chemicals; regulations failing to protect mental, physical, social health. In Alberta, doctors will not investigate if we are poisoned by oil/gas/frac’ing; will not take a blood test without politician permission

Have you been impacted by fracking? We want to hear from you. Fill out our fracking impact survey and we’ll be in touch. Excellent photos, video and links to all parts (with many more visuals) at link: EHN.org scientific investigation … Continue reading

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Free screening Feb 28 & Mar 1, 2021: Invisible Hand, award-winning documentary, seven years in the making. “It’s about the water. It’s always been about the water.” Quebec’s Magpie River becomes first in Canada to be granted legal personhood

“The corporate goal is to make sure democracy doesn’t exist.” As you watch this documentary, remember: Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is 100% corporate-funded, owes Albertans no duty of care, is legally immune, has no public health or public interest mandate, … Continue reading

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Humanity needs a lot more lawyers like “legendary” Nicola Salomone. “Quite a story this: defence lawyer seeks postponement to get a psychiatrist’s report; judge berates him, invokes victim; lawyer says he’ll cease representing client to protect his interests; judge refuses; lawyer resigns from the Québec bar―while in court.”

Leonid Sirota@DoubleAspect Feb 15, 2021 Tweets: Quite a story this: defence lawyer seeks postponement to get a psychiatrist’s report; judge berates him, invokes victim; lawyer says he’ll cease representing client to protect his interests; judge refuses; lawyer resigns from the … Continue reading

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City of Annapolis sues oil and gas companies, naming some of the biggest, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP and Shell, for their role in contributing to climate change; Will argue the companies violated Maryland Consumer Protection Act and five other actions, including public and private nuisance, negligence, failure to warn and trespass. Anne Arundel County considering similar litigation

Annapolis sues 26 oil and gas companies for their role in contributing to climate change by Brooks DuBose, Feb 23, 2021, Capital Gazette The City of Annapolis is suing 26 oil and gas companies for what it calls the costs … Continue reading

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How big a player is the oil and gas patch in sex trafficking?

Pipeline workers among those arrested in sex trafficking sting, The two men have been fired, and Enbridge said it has “zero tolerance for illegal and exploitive behavior.” by Brooks Johnson, Feb 24, 2021, Star Tribune DULUTH – Two pipeline workers … Continue reading

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Exxon erased nearly every drop of Canadian tarsands from its books

Exxon takes Canadian oil sands off its books in historic reserves revision by Kevin Crowley, Feb 25, 2021, World Oil HOUSTON (Bloomberg) –Exxon Mobil erased almost every drop of oil-sands crude from its books in a sweeping revision of worldwide … Continue reading

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Petromasculinity: Diamond Offshore Drilling got $9.7 million tax bailout, filed for bankruptcy protection, paid $9.7 million in executive bonuses, laid off nearly a quarter of its workforce. Seadrill Limited got $3 million bailout, did nothing to stem layoffs or bankruptcy. Superior Energy Services announced $115 million in payroll cuts, layoffs, furloughs; got $30.5 million tax bailout, paid $44 million to top execs, filed for bankruptcy

Oil Driller Took $9.7 Million Bailout, Declared Bankruptcy, Gave Execs $9.7 Million, Laid Off Staff by ClimateDenierRoundup Community, February 25, 2021, DAILY KOS We and others have talked about Cara Daggett’s concept of petromasculinity a lot since she coined the … Continue reading

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Tammy Bouvette, Intentional miscarriage of justice in Canada?

Comment to the CBC artlce by Susan Korotash: The prosecution relied on the findings of Dr. Evan Matshes. Many of his findings have been investigated and discredited over the years, but the Alberta Justice Department at the time would do … Continue reading

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Another dishonest Canadian lawyer shit show: Disbarred Edmonton lawyer, Shawn Beaver, off to jail for a year.

Disbarred Edmonton lawyer sentenced to year in jail by Dylan Short, Feb 24, 2021, Edmonton Journal A former Edmonton lawyer must spend one year in jail after he was found to be in contempt of court, an associate chief justice … Continue reading

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Holy Frac Ban! Delaware River Basin Commission, water regulator, votes to permanently ban drilling and frac’ing in Delaware River watershed. All four basin states (PA, NJ, DE, NY) voted for the ban, citing scientific evidence that frac’ing has polluted drinking water, surface water, and groundwater. Delaware Gov. John Carney: “As DRBC chair, I welcome this opportunity to provide the fullest protection to the more than 13 million people who rely upon the Delaware River Basin’s waters for their drinking water”

Frac bans on a roll! Delaware River Basin Commission Bans Hydraulic Fracking Drilling Activities In Watershed; Will Develop Regs To Manage Drilling Wastewater by David E. Hess, Feb 25, 2021, PA Environmental Digest On February 25, the Delaware River Basin … Continue reading

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New study: Unconventional oil/gas development has larger impact on ambient particle radioactivity (PR) level compared to conventional; Widespread upwind unconventional/frac activities could significantly elevate PR level in downwind communities and induce adverse health effects to residents.

Unconventional oil and gas development andambient particle radioactivity by Longxiang Li, Annelise J. Blomberg, John D. Spengler, Brent A. Coull, Joel D. Schwartz & Petros Koutrakis, 2020 11:5002, Nature Communications doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-18226-w Unconventional oil and natural gas development (UOGD) expanded extensively … Continue reading

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Finally, “a non/racist justice and jury in Alberta,” Bradley Barton found guilty in 2011 death of Cindy Gladue

When will Canadian courts and lawyers/prosecutors begin to treat rape victims, even dead rape or sex victims, with respect and fairness from the start of proceedings and throughout? Soul-destroying for friends and family of Ms. Gladue, the public interest, jury … Continue reading

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Water quality and quantity regulator (Delaware River Basin Commission) to make final decision Feb 25 on permanent drill & frac ban in Delaware River watershed.

Agency to take action on fracking ban near Delaware River by Associated Press, Feb 18, 2021 WEST TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A regulatory agency that’s responsible for the water supply for more than 13 million people is poised to take … Continue reading

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New study: Songbirds’ reproductive success reduced by natural gas compressor noise.

Encana/Ovintiv’s noisy invasive polluting compressors (13 around Rosebud) have violated my legal right to quiet enjoyment of my home and land going on 18 years now. Because the company doesn’t give a shit about its neighbours or the health harms … Continue reading

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Excellent letter by Darrell Trenholm on Alberta’s UCP.

UCP: A party that is suspicious, secretive and paranoid by Darrell Trenholm, Feb 3, 2021, East Central Alberta Review Dear Editor, The United Conservative party came to power in Alberta with a promise of sound financial management, accountability, openness, social … Continue reading

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California SB 467 “End Fracking & Harmful Drilling Act” proposes to ban all new frac’ing and other risky techniques like cyclic steaming, acid fracs, and water and steam flooding by Jan 2022 and completely by 2027. How many companies will sue to try to kill the ban and what will Trump’s judges do?

California lawmakers propose ban on fracking by 2027 by Adam Beam, Feb 17, 2021, North Shore News New legislation would ban all fracking in California by 2027, taking aim at the powerful oil and gas industry in the state already … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court upholds award by Environmental Hearing Board of $13,135 in court costs & legal fees to be paid by DEP to Stephen and Ellen Gerhart, who were seeking $265,976 in fees paid for experts, including $50,000 in attorney’s fees.

Couple awarded court costs, Gerharts protested pipeline construction on their property by Phil Ray, Feb 18, 2021, Altoona Mirror The Commonwealth Court has upheld an award of more than $13,000 in court costs and attorney’s fees to a Huntingdon County … Continue reading

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UK’s frac ban like Quebec’s and Germany’s? Twisted by definition?

Fracking moratorium doesn’t cover proppant squeeze – minister by Ruth Hayhurst, February 18, 2021, Drill or Drop The energy minister has confirmed that a small-scale form of fracking, planned for a site in Lincolnshire, is not covered by the moratorium … Continue reading

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Dirty politicians: Cooking the vote; cooking the books; cooking the courts.

Canada has dirty politicians aplenty. Pennsylvania G.O.P.’s Push for More Power Over Judiciary Raises Alarms, After fighting the election results, state Republicans are trying to increase their control of the courts. Outraged Democrats and good government groups see it as … Continue reading

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New Mexico might ban frac’ing, study its harms. Industry loses it.

‘Fracking ban’ bill passes New Mexico Senate committee, slammed by oil and gas industry by Adrian Hedden, Feb 16, 2021, Carlsbad Current-Argus A New Mexico Senate bill that would place a four-year moratorium on new permits for hydraulic fracturing, or … Continue reading

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Study: Birth defects **significantly** more common in areas of strip mining/open pit/mountaintop coal mining; Health effects of related air and water contamination appear cumulative. Never forget: Courts ruled in Ernst vs AER that it is legally immune, owes no duty of care and is above Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. AER has no public health mandate and the Alberta gov’t removed its public interest mandate after the Ernst lawsuit went public. There is no authority to protect Albertans, our health, our rights and drinking water, and the feds have gone AWOL.

Comment by a rural Albertan: That should give the Albertans that are opposing open pit coal a realistic view of AER policy and how the Supreme Court of Canada defends that policy. The Effects of Coal Mining on Health in … Continue reading

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Texas: “No, it wasn’t the windmills.” How much does the fossil fuel industry pay politicians (and regulators) to lie? How much does it pay politicians to appoint dirty judges to the bench, then pay those judges to lie, grant favourable rulings and gag the harmed?

David Weir@djweir Feb 17, 2021: So… Katrina: God’s punishment CA wildfires: God’s punishment TX: windmills How Much the Oil and Gas Industry Paid Texas Republicans Who Are Lying About Wind Energy by Molly Taft, Feb 17, 2021, Earther As the … Continue reading

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Feb 25, 2021, 7 – 8:30 pm: Expert panel on infectious lung disease and air pollution (especially important for those living/working in/near Alberta’s toxic tarsands, coal mining and or in frac zones)

The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (EHP) will host a virtual expert panel on infectious lung disease and air pollution. The event, funded by the Network of the National Library of Medicine, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 … Continue reading

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Happy V Day 2021: One billion rising: “We are asking for justice!” “No more rape or incest or abuse. Women are not a possession.”

Happy V-Day V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against all women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence), girls and the planet. V-Day believes that when art and activism come … Continue reading

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New study: Drone technology locates unplugged oil and gas wells

You can request the full study here: Successful application of drone-based aeromagnetic surveys to locate legacy oil and gas wells in Cattaraugus county, New York by Timothy de Smet, Alex Nikulin, Natalia Romanzo, Nathan Graber, Charles Dietrich and Andrii Puliaiev, … Continue reading

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UK: Supreme Court rules Nigerians can bring claims against Shell in UK for severe pollution, incuding to their drinking water

Nigerians can bring claims against Shell in UK, supreme court rules, Ogale and Bille villagers say Shell oil operations have caused severe pollution including to their drinking water by Sandra Laville and Emmanuel Akinwotu in Lagos, Feb 12, 2021, The … Continue reading

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“Nothing says diversity like eight white guys sitting round a table.” So many racist misogynistic Canadian old white men in positions of power enabling rape of women, children, communities, drinking water and our environment.

2019: Canada to pay nearly C$1bn to sexual misconduct victims in military, Government set aside funds for Canadian Armed Forces members but doesn’t admit liability following class-action lawsuits Again, none of the perps will pay for their crimes, only Canadian … Continue reading

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New study: Frac’ing is a Big Fat Fail; Appalachia’s frac boom failed to deliver on promises of local jobs and benefits. Of course it did, frac’ers and their enablers knew it would; frac’ing survives on conning investors, massive debt and gagging the harmed. Locals get: health harms; toxic homes, schools, water, air and land; frac’d authorities and courts; massive stress and sleepless noisy stadium light-filled nights; damaged roads and other infrastructure; more women and children raped; more STDs; lies and useless commitments from companies and lobby groups; fraud from experts and regulators; mega $Billions in clean-up.

This study reveals a frac industry nightmare that companies, politicians and regulators have worked for years (decades in Alberta) to keep secret. Appalachia’s fracking boom has done little for local economies: Study, “There has been no business case for fracking.” … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania regulator DEP fines Range Resources $300K for submitting inaccurate information and not plugging idle wells, meanwhile Canadian regulators, especially AER, help profit-raping companies deceive the public (for decades) and dump well plugging and clean up on taxpayers.

Range Resources fined nearly $300K for misclassifying wells, Company did not disclose that wells weren’t producing gas, should have been plugged by Reid Frazier, State Impact Pennsylvania, Feb 10, 2021 The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says Range Resources misclassified … Continue reading

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Equinor sells U.S. Bakken shale assets, posts record $5.5 billion loss for 2020; Between 2007 and 2019, Equinor recorded loss of $21.5 billion on overall U.S. activities, including $9.2 billion due to impairments of onshore shale and other assets

Equinor sells U.S. Bakken shale assets, posts record loss for 2020 by Nerijus Adomaitis, Feb 9, 2021, Reuters OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s Equinor has agreed to sell its assets in the U.S. Bakken shale oil province after a decade of … Continue reading

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Texas, City of San Angelo Water tests found benzene, acetone and naphthalene; “Do not use the water” advisory continues. Schools, restaurants closed, TCEQ investigating. After Encana-Ovintiv illegally injected 18 million litres frac fluid into the fresh water aquifers that supply my well, naphthalene – red blood cell destroyer and one of the chemicals used in frac’ing – was found in my water.

A little industrial history: Hydraulic fracturing fleet to move to San Angelo by Kenneth Grimm, Jan 15, 2018, Concho Valley Homepage From the press release: US Well Services, LLC (USWS) is pleased to announce we will begin operating a high … Continue reading

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