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GAGGED in Alberta! New Progressive (?) Conservative code of conduct directive likened to gag rule

New PC code of conduct directive likened to gag rule by James Wood with files from Chris Varcoe, June 13, 2014, Calgary Herald The Progressive Conservative party has implemented a new code of conduct and ethics for its officials, but … Continue reading

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Federal government losing data that should be available to public, watchdog warns

Federal government losing data that should be available to public, watchdog warns by Jason Fekete and Andrea Hill, Postmedia News, November 29, 2013, Calgary Herald A recommendation by Canada’s information watchdog that federal institutions disable instant messaging on government-issued wireless … Continue reading

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Evidence Presented by Encana to 41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION Standing Committee Natural Resources; Encana taking step to stop frac’ing with benzene, diesel, chromium, arsenic, mercury etc

41st PARLIAMENT, 1st Session Standing Committee on Natural Resources EVIDENCE presented by Encana, February 12, 2013 Mr. Richard Dunn (Vice-President, Canadian Division, Regulatory and Government Relations, Encana Corporation): In addition to our own internal focus on innovation, we support external R and D efforts … Continue reading

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Northest Territories fracking water license allows for company to keep ‘trade secrets’

Gaz de schiste – les “secrets commerciaux” de l’industrie Translation by Ami(e)s du Richelieu, August 14, 2013 NWT fracking water license allows for company to keep ‘trade secrets’ by Meagan Wohlberg, August 12, 2013, Northern Journal Alberta landowner and oil patch consultant Jessica … Continue reading

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Calgary Conference: Identifying Frac Trends, Environmental Law and Regulation in Alberta, Complying with the New Regulatory Framework

Environmental Law and Regulation in Alberta, Complying with the New Regulatory Framework by Canadian Institute, June 5-6, 2013 Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs: Peter Miller, Senior Counsel Imperial Oil and John Olynyk, Partner Lawson Lundell LLP (Calgary); Keynote Address: Balancing Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability, Minister of Environment & Sustainable … Continue reading

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New Alberta law won’t protect whistleblowers, report says, Parkland Institute says process is secretive, doesn’t address reprisals

New Alberta law won’t protect whistleblowers, report says,  Parkland Institute says process is secretive, doesn’t address reprisals by Karen Kleiss, May 21, 2013, Edmonton Journal A University of Alberta think-tank warned public servants Tuesday they are not protected by Alberta’s … Continue reading

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ERCB Releases Hydraulic Fracturing Directive

ERCB Releases Hydraulic Fracturing Directive Press Release by Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, May 21, 2013 16:21 ET The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has today issued Directive 083: Hydraulic Fracturing – Subsurface Integrity (Directive 083) following a two-month stakeholder consultation period. The release of … Continue reading

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Groups demand that head of new Alberta energy regulator Gerard Protti previously VP of Encana and head of CAPP resign before he starts

Groups demand that head of new Alberta energy regulator resign before he starts by Bob Weber, May 3, 2013, Canadian Press Three dozen landowner, labour, aboriginal and environmental groups are demanding that the man hired to head Alberta’s new energy … Continue reading

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$10 million tagged for 18 water projects in Alberta, but nothing for families with red-flag indicators of petroleum industry contamination in their well water

$10 million tagged for 18 water projects in Alberta by Edmonton Journal, April 30, 2013 Alberta’s lead agency for energy and environmental research is spending $10 million to support 18 water projects, including one that deals with oilsands process water. … Continue reading

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The Rainbow Spill: A Case of Crime and No Punishment and Captured Alberta Politicians and Regulators

The Rainbow Spill: A Case of Crime and (No) Punishment by Keith Stewart, April 24, 2013, Greenpeace.ca The February 2013 findings of Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) investigation into the April 2011 Rainbow Pipeline spill were damning. The cracks … Continue reading

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SNC-Lavalin to replace chairman Gwyn Morgan, directors in board revamp, Bribery probe of SCN-Lavalin reaches former spy watchdog

Coleman, de Jong and Bell most-targeted politicians by lobbyists, Three powerful cabinet ministers are lobbied more often than the premier by Chad Skelton, April 17, 2013, Vancouver Sun B.C. cabinet ministers Rich Coleman, Mike de Jong and Pat Bell are … Continue reading

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Alberta oilsands exploration company fined for contravening water licence

Alberta oilsands exploration company fined for contravening water licence by Canadian Press, April 9, 2013, The Calgary Herald FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – An Alberta oilsands exploration company has been fined $100,000 for breaking the terms of a water licence issued … Continue reading

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Raging Grannies fight for value of water in Alberta

Raging Grannies fight for value of water by Sharon McLeay, April 5, 2013, Strathmore Times Open dialogue characterized the discussions at the Alberta Government Water Conversation open house held in Calgary March 20. Similar open houses were held throughout the province. The … Continue reading

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In Harper’s Canada, environment takes back seat to oilpatch

Letter: Canada was wrong to withdraw from treaty on desertification by Sharen McDonald, April 1, 2013, The Montreal Gazette Our sincere appreciation to Stephen Maher for his succinct and informative summary of the actions taken by our federal government “to … Continue reading

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Peter Kent’s department ducks questions about cuts following concerns over contaminant from Erin Brockovich case

Peter Kent’s department ducks questions about cuts following concerns over contaminant from Erin Brockovich case by Mike De Souza, April 1, 2013, canada.com OTTAWA-Two weeks after being asked how it would enforce environmental regulations in the wake of cuts to … Continue reading

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The cost of no ERCB penalties is too high in Alberta, Oil and gas violations could be costlier, Legislative committees approve raise in fines in Colorado

Oil and gas violations could be costlier, Legislative committees approve raise in fines by Peter Marcus, March 25, 2013, The Colorado Statesman House Bill 1267, sponsored by Rep. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, would increase industry maximum fines from $1,000 per day … Continue reading

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Supreme Court won’t hear Canadian Press appeal in Tommy Douglas being spied on by the RCMP case

Supreme Court won’t hear Canadian Press appeal in Tommy Douglas case by Canadian Press, March 29, 2013, The Tyee.ca The Supreme Court of Canada has squelched an effort by The Canadian Press to lift the shroud of secrecy over an … Continue reading

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Police need wiretap authority, search warrant to snoop text messages: Supreme Court

Police need wiretap authority, search warrant to snoop text messages: Supreme Court by Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press, March 27, 2013, The Calgary Herald The Supreme Court of Canada says police need wiretap authority, not just a search warrant, to … Continue reading

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Clean water globally at a low price with help from Encana, but not in Rosebud, Alberta

Clean water at a low price by Deborah Yedlin, March 19, 2013, Calgary Herald Today is World Water Day and Calgary is part of the festivities. How, you ask? Through CAWST, the locally based Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation … Continue reading

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Alberta county councillors scheduled to consider fracking-related resolution

Councillors scheduled to consider fracking-related resolution by Dan Singleton, March 19, 2013, Mountain View Gazette [Refer also to: Wheatland County pushes fracking resolution Wheatland County (Alberta) Councillors call for Fracking Halt until Protective Methods are Developed Wheatland County’s Frac Moratorium … Continue reading

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University of Lethbridge confirms 2013 Honorary Degree Recipients: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice and former Lethbridge resident Neil Wittmann a recipient

University of Lethbridge confirms 2013 Honorary Degree Recipients Press Release by University of Lethbridge, March 5, 2013 Neil Wittmann Lethbridge Collegiate Institute graduate Neil Wittmann has long been respected as one of the top litigators in the province of Alberta, serving … Continue reading

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Hey CSIS, farmers are not terrorists, Anti-fracking activists have been labelled a security threat

Hey CSIS, farmers are not terrorists, Anti-fracking activists have been labelled a security threat by Paul Slomp, March 05, 2013 I nearly fell off my chair while reading an article in the Guardian Weekly headlined “Canada’s spy chiefs target anti-frackers,” by … Continue reading

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Canada’s former spy watchdog is now a wanted man in Quebec

Canada’s former spy watchdog is now a wanted man in Quebec by Sidhartha Banerjee, Canadian Press, February 27, 2013, The Tyee.ca The man once entrusted to keep an eye on Canada’s spy agency is now wanted by police and extradition … Continue reading

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Petro-state politics prompts CSIS to spy on citizens at alarming rate, FOIs reveal

Petro-state politics prompts CSIS to spy on citizens at alarming rate, FOIs reveal by Mike Chisholm and Jenny Uechi, February 25, 2013, Vancouver Observer Environmental activist Rod Marining knows the feel of steel handcuffs on his wrists. As co-founder of … Continue reading

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Feds dispute Canada’s dismal ranking in report on freedom of information

Feds dispute Canada’s dismal ranking in report on freedom of information by Dean Beeby, February 24, 2013, The Canadian Press The Harper government is dismissing a report that ranks it 55th in the world for upholding freedom of information, saying … Continue reading

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Is the incompetence that of the appointees or the Prime Minister?

Is the incompetence that of the appointees or the Prime Minister? by Daniel Wilson, February 22, 2013, rabble.ca It strains credibility that Duncan resigned as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development because he wrote an inappropriate letter to a … Continue reading

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Alberta’s Strange Sinking Sensation, Why can’t Canada’s wealthiest province break even? Blame the paradox of plenty

Alberta’s Strange Sinking Sensation, Why can’t Canada’s wealthiest province break even? Blame the paradox of plenty by Andrew Nikiforuk, February 21, 2013, TheTyee.ca But the invitation to converse is disingenuous. Petro states, which are studies in the abuse of power, … Continue reading

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Braid: Dissenters deeply resented by Tories

Braid: Dissenters deeply resented by Tories by Don Braid, February 21, 2013, Calgary Herald The PCs don’t forgive readily, and they never forget. … During the 2008 election campaign, Jack Davis, then CEO of the old Calgary Health Region, declared … Continue reading

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B.C. court rules ‘indigency’ exemption doesn’t go far enough in civil hearings

B.C. court rules ‘indigency’ exemption doesn’t go far enough in civil hearings by Jennifer Brown, February 19, 2013, Canadian Lawyer Magazine A British Columbia Court of Appeal judge has ruled the “impoverished” should not be the only ones exempt from … Continue reading

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New Alberta Legislation further compromises environmental protection, Alberta government creates a new regulator and turns its back on accountability

Legislation further compromises environmental protection, Alberta government creates a new regulator and turns its back on accountability by Rachel Notley, February 14, 2013, Fast Forward Weekly In an exclusive interview with the Edmonton Journal on Saturday, February 9 at the … Continue reading

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Yedlin: Profanity brings Encana pressures to the fore

Yedlin: Profanity brings Encana pressures to the fore by Deborah Yedlin, February 16, 2013, Calgary Herald If Encana didn’t already have enough to deal with, more was added to its woes on Thursday. One of the 20 executives gathered to … Continue reading

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Editorial: Alberta Tories display the politics of indecision

Editorial: Alberta Tories display the politics of indecision by Edmonton Journal, February 7, 2013 Alberta’s ruling Conservatives have three very tiresome habits, all related to a strange reluctance to exercise the right of leadership for which they fight so hard … Continue reading

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Braid: Cash burns at Alberta’s sloppy health giant

Braid: Cash burns at Alberta’s sloppy health giant by Don Braid, February 12, 2013, Calgary Herald Many threats can really scare a person these days. Things like environmental disaster, economic collapse, and 26,000 Alberta Health Services employees running around with … Continue reading

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Environmental affects of fracking and coalseam gas unclear: CSIRO study

Environmental affects of fracking and coalseam gas unclear: CSIRO study by Science Network, Western Australia, February 12, 2012 Review author and CSIRO chief research scientist Dr Graeme Batley says there is very little understanding of the chemical concentrations or what … Continue reading

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Fracking Concerns: Another Fracking “Accident” in Alberta, Imperial Oil Offers to test Westward Ho Spring

Fracking Concerns: Another Fracking “Accident” in Alberta by Florence Havill, Mountain View Gazette So, it has happened again – another fracking “accident” … Fracking involves injecting highly presssurized water and chemicals into the drill holes. What chemicals? That is a closely-guarded industry secret. But I can tell … Continue reading

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Canada’s environmental protection idle

Canada’s environmental protection idle by Paul Hanley, Februay 12, 2013, The Star Pheonix Are Idle No More and other green activists uninformed when they say Canada’s environmental protection standards are inadequate? Are they paranoid when they say massive resource developments … Continue reading

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Energy minister lays out Alberta’s new oil strategy

Energy minister lays out Alberta’s new oil strategy by Karen Kleiss, February 10, 2013, Edmonton Journal The role of government, he said, is to ensure that policies and regulations encourage innovation. … The province is also working to build the … Continue reading

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Class action against SNC-Lavalin Group Certified: Notice of certification and authorization and leave to proceed with statutory secondary market misrepresentation claims granted by Ontario and Quebec Courts

Class action against SNC-Lavalin Group Certified: Notice of certification and authorization and leave to proceed with statutory secondary market misrepresentation claims granted by Ontario and Quebec Courts by Rochon Genova The action alleges that disclosure documents issued by SNC during … Continue reading

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Government cracks down on Canadian companies bribing foreign officials, what about bribery and corruption within Canada?

Canada to crack down on foreign corruption, bribery by  Susana Mas, February 5, 2013, CBC News The federal government is redoubling its efforts to combat corruption and bribery by tabling amendments to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), Foreign … Continue reading

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Front Page Spring contaminated after fracking in Mountain View County, Alberta landowner wants answers

Spring contaminated after fracking in Mountain View County, Alberta landowner wants answers by Dan Singleton, February 5, 2013, Front Page Mountain View Gazette Huhn said prior to the fracking operation he had been in contact with the company and requested water testing … Continue reading

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Hydraulic Fracturing in Canada, Federal Environment Commissioner Scott Vaughan Reports Concerns, List of Fracking Substances in Canada Still Secret

WATCH Environmental commissioner Scott Vaughan warns of health risks by CP Video,  February 05, 2013 Environment Commissioner Says Growth Leaving Canada Exposed To Disaster by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press, Feruary 5, 2013, Huffington Post Hydraulic Fracturing in Canada, The hydraulic fracturing process from … Continue reading

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Showdown looms over B.C.’s gas exports

Showdown looms over B.C.’s gas exports by Nathan van der Klippe, February 5, 2013, The Globe and Mail  Billions of litres of water a year. Thousands of expensive wells. New roads. Many hectares of trees felled and land cleared. Camps … Continue reading

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SNC Lavalin Chairman Ex-Encana Gwyn Morgan on Promised Land: Time to fight back against Hollywood’s misinformation

Check the source by Brian Mason, January 22, 2013, Globe and Mail Gwyn Morgan (Time To Fight Back Against Hollywood’s Misinformation – Report on Business, Jan. 21) appears to have trouble differentiating between a thriller and a documentary. If it … Continue reading

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Cenovus donates $1.5 million to Lakeland College

Cenovus donates $1.5 million to Lakeland College Press Release by Cenovus Energy Inc. January 30, 2013 The contribution will go towards the construction of a Petroleum Centre at the Lloydminster campus plus the creation of new scholarships for students. To … Continue reading

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Court reporting’s future lies outside the courtroom

Court reporting’s future lies outside the courtroom by Matthew O’Mara, January 30, 2013, Financial Post Justice Colin Campbell of Ontario Superior Court: “Court reporters are very valuable.” Can you type at 225 words per minute? That’s how fast short-hand court … Continue reading

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Alberta ERCB: Long wait for fracking report

Long wait for fracking report by Stewart Shields, December 28, 2012, Edmonton Journal Re: “Fracking leak tainted groundwater: report,” the Journal, Dec. 21. Why are we only now, during the holiday season, learning about a fracking accident that happened some … Continue reading

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Canadian Fracking review flawed, relies on industry information

Canadian Fracking review flawed, relies on industry information Press Release by Council of Canadians, January 25, 2013 The Council of Canadians recently obtained a copy of Environment Canada’s work plan on shale gas development under an access to information request. … Continue reading

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Lochend Industry Producer’s Group (LIPG) hopes frack fluid disclosure eases concerns over contamination

LIPG hopes frack fluid disclosure eases concerns over contamination by Derek Clouthier, January 16, 2013, Cochrane Eagle The secrecy surrounding what chemicals are being used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluid has ended, with the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) and … Continue reading

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Judge raps Justice officials for treatment of whistle-blower

Judge raps Justice officials for treatment of whistle-blower by Bill Curry, January 16, 2013, The Globe and Mail Ottawa is crafting legislation that risks running afoul of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms without informing Parliament, a federal lawyer charges. In … Continue reading

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Encana CEO Randy Eresman retires suddenly, News release confirms top executive stepping down after 35 years

Encana’s Flickering Flame of Hope by the Wall Street Journal, January 14, 2013 EnCana’s stock jumped initially on Monday morning, before fading. The hope is that Mr. Eresman’s departure heralds a radical change in strategy. Yedlin: CEO’s departure comes as no … Continue reading

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Crews Still Trying to Contain Sour Gas Leak by Questerre Energy Corporation South of Grand Prairie (near recent groundwater contamination case caused by fracing) & north of Grand Cache, Alberta

Well site incident under investigation by Patrick Callan, January 12, 2013,  Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) remains on site at Questerre Energy Corporation following an uncontrolled release of completion fluids from a natural gas well site near Grande Cache … Continue reading

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Alberta Tories accused of burying water issues

Alberta Tories accused of burying water issues by Darcy Henton, January 11, 2013, Calgary Herald Alberta Environment is set to launch a public consultation on water issues in 20 communities, but critics say a leaked government document suggests the process … Continue reading

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Encana ‘Disappointed’ By Pavilion Comment Period Extension

Encana ‘Disappointed’ By Pavilion Comment Period Extension by Karen Boman, January 11, 2013, Rigzone An Encana Corp. spokesperson expressed disappointment at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) extension of the public comment period on the Pavilion draft report to Sept. … Continue reading

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Fracking Shale Gas: Myth and Realities, Andrew Nikiforuk tackles top claims fracking industry uses to reassure public, Interview with and presentation at University of Calgary by Dr. Tony Ingraffea

Fracking Shale Gas: Myths and Realities Veteran energy reporter Andrew Nikiforuk keys off Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, a world-recognized fracking expert, to get to the bottom of four big claims used by industry to reassure the public. IN … Continue reading

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Mountain View County Council voices concerns with Alberta ERCB’s proposed changes to oilfield emergency requirements

County worried about proposed oilpatch response plans by Paul Cowley, January 9, 2013, Red Deer Advocate Proposed changes to provincial regulations around oilpatch emergency response has raised concerns at Mountain View County council. Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board is updating … Continue reading

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Fracking Farce 2012: A brief summary of fracking horror stories

Fracking Farce 2012 by Joyce Nelson, Jan-Feb 2013, Vol 23, No. 1 Watershed Sentinel In 2012, the horror stories about fracking just kept rolling in. There are increasing reports of livestock illnesses and deaths on farms near shale oil and … Continue reading

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Alberta urged to “stay the course” on water management plan Method to measure success is needed, report says

Alberta urged to “stay the course” on water management plan Method to measure success is needed, report says by Colette Derworiz, January 7, 2013, Calgary Herald The Water for Life strategy was introduced in 2003 to protect the province’s rivers, … Continue reading

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Canadian authorities: Fracking operation contaminated groundwater

Canadian government confirms contamination of groundwater from hydraulic fracturing by Deborah Rogers, January 4, 2013, Energy Policy Forum Energy In Depth, an industry funded advocacy group, issued an interesting post on the Canadian government’s recent admission that hydraulic fracture stimulation, … Continue reading

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Local Alberta resident Patty Pearsall-Pickup responds to ERCB’s request for feedback on regulation of unconventional resource development and fracturing

Alberta, des citoyens osent enfin briser l’omerta, traduction libre d’un reportage récent by lesamisdurichelieu, January 1, 2013. Some are brave enough to speak out, French translation of: Local Alberta resident responds to ERCB’s request for feedback by Dawn Smith, December 31, 2012, … Continue reading

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SPOG’s 2013 plans include spring exercise

SPOG’s 2013 plans include spring exercise by Patricia Riley, January 1, 2013, Mountain View Gazette The Sundre Petroleum Operators Group (SPOG) [Synergy Alberta member and promoter] has outlined some of its plans for the new year, including a spring mutual … Continue reading

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