Category Archives: Global Frac News
Frac Fraud on the Rise: Sixth man admits role in altering emission control devices on trucks used in Marcellus Shale gas fields
Sixth man admits role in altering emission control devices on trucks used in Marcellus Shale gas fields by John Beauge, Aug 21, 2019, Pennlive WILLIAMSPORT – An inventory and logistics analyst has become the sixth individual to admit participating in … Continue reading
Lancashire frac’ing: 1.6M earthquake stops Cuadrilla’s work “This is a serious issue and we know that seismic activity at similar levels deformed the well bore at Preese Hall, which Cuadrilla failed to report to the relevant authorities for six months.”
A little frac quake refresher: B.C. ‘enhances’ earthquake monitoring at oil & gas wells after last year’s fracking shake, 4.6M quake last year largest on record in B.C.; 4.8M on day of Ernst vs AER hearing at Supreme Court of … Continue reading
Ewing’s sarcoma takes another child in a frac field: “It’s the price you pay for deep love. It hurts.” Randy Stephen’s last wishes are being fulfilled: that his family help other families going through battles with childhood cancer.
Randy’s Last Wishes Are Being Fulfilled by Heather Ziegler, August 11, 2019, The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register Grief ought to be a four-letter word. It’s just as obscene as any curse word. Ask any parent who has lost a child, especially … Continue reading
Quintana Energy Services Inc., oil field services company (went public in Feb 2018) cuts over 130 jobs, assets, C-level position to reduce costs; many companies dealing with “shifting investor expectations” and “crushing” debt
Houston-based oil field services co. cuts C-level position, jobs, assets to reduce costs by Olivia Pulsinelli, Houston Business Journal, Aug 20, 2019 Houston-based Quintana Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: QES), an oil field services company that went public in February 2018, is making … Continue reading
Frac jobs keep getting frac’d: CNX lays off about 50 workers, “This is part of our normal course as we’re always looking…to get better.”
Frac jobs getting frac’d 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) CNX … Continue reading
California regulators still allowing industry to inject toxic oilfield waste into drinking water aquifers, violating Safe Drinking Water Act; Companies will sue if ordered to stop. Alberta regulators break the law too, letting industry frac into drinking water aquifers, AER’s law violations even enabled by Canada’s top court
Compare to: EUB/ERCB/AER: ‘Men Without Chests,’ ‘No Plan, No Policy, No Heart’ Encana frac’d about 200 gas wells into fresh water zones at Rosebud (before April 2006), of which about 60 were more shallow than 200 metres bgs, including intentionally into the community’s drinking … Continue reading
California: Chevron’s steam injection disaster, oil & wastewater gushing to surface grows more than 500,000 gallons to 1.3 million gallons. “Permits in these legacy oil fields are often given with a wink and a nod.”
The Chevron Frac Guarantee: Our well won’t explode…or your pizza is free! California now says 2,500 wells dumping frac waste into protected aquifers, up from 532 in February. Regulators order oil drillers including Chevron Corp. and Linn Energy LLC to … Continue reading
Bonterra Energy Corp pipeline spills 40,000 litres (~250 barrels) oil into Washout Creek, which flows into North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton’s drinking water supply
40,000-litre crude oil spill being cleaned up by Drayton Valley by Edmonton CTV News, August 18, 2019 Snap below from AER’s compliance dashboard: Pipeline rupture sends 40,000 litres of oil into Alberta creek by The Canadian Press, Aug 18, 2019, … Continue reading
Alberta academia was frac’d years ago. UCP government’s university appointments draw cronyism accusations
A small example of oil-patch-$$$$$$$-tainted Alberta academia (after these posts, Ernst no longer had time to diligently find & follow the bribes): Cenovus, Syncrude and Suncor and other oil and gas companies “helping draft” curriculum for students from kindergarten to … Continue reading
Texas & Oklahoma: Deregulating to redefine toxic frac waste water as “industrial water” so as to let the oil and gas industry increase profits and dump their toxic waste into waterways?
Refer first to: The Most Horrific Frac Deregulation Yet? EPA’s proposed “protective regulation” to allow dramatically higher levels of radioactivity in drinking water “What will they do with all the frac waste?” people asked Ernst on her speaking tours.”They will … Continue reading
4.1M earthquake hits near Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, “rattling homes.” Power out for Esterhazy, Whitewood, Moosomin, Rockanville, Wapella, Tantallon for 2.5 hours. “My mother’s rocking chair started rocking.” Children screamed and cried, “It was scary.” Earthquakes Canada reports it “lightly felt.” Numerous new “undefined” directional wells drilled in area.
Numerous “undefined” directional wells (licenced July 30, 2018) were recently drilled in the area of the 4.1M earthquake. Refer to the yellow dots in the follow maps: Catastrophic Failures of Underground Evaporite Mines by Jeff Whyatt, Mining Engineer, Floyd Varley, … Continue reading
Is this why Paramount bought Apache Corp’s Fox Creek assets? Koch Industries sells its tarsands properties to Paramount. Paramount/Trilogy next to declare bankruptcy, walk from clean up, with AER’s blessings?
Watch to understand what Paramount bought from Apache at Fox Creek, 16 Min. well spent: Broken Sprocket in the Fox Creek Hub? Alberta’s “Ignorant and Brute Force” Frack Experiments Koch Industries sells its oil-sands properties to Paramount by Jeffrey Jones, … Continue reading
New study: Frac’ing in U.S. & Canada linked to worldwide atmospheric methane spike. “This recent increase in methane is massive,” Howarth said. “It’s globally significant.”
Ideas and perspectives: is shale gas a major driver of recent increase in global atmospheric methane? by Robert W. Howarth, Dept Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA Received: 10 Apr 2019 – Discussion started: 23 Apr 2019 … Continue reading
Nasty! Canadian courts describing “individuals as exhibiting ‘vexatious-style’ behavior without formally designating them as a vexatious litigant.” Is that how Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella gets away with ruling AER found Ernst to be “vexatious litigant” when evidence proves AER found Ernst to be a “criminal,” 7 years later, a terrorist – all without charges, evidence, trial or due process? With AG Jody Wilson-Raybould saying & doing nothing about Canada’s top judicial farce?
Labels given to Ernst by authorities/NGOs since she began speaking out about Encana’s, AER’s and Alberta Environment’s contaminated water cover-up and law violations: That “crazy lady” at Rosebud (by Encana’s licenced land agents, media, politicians and the regulators); Judged a … Continue reading
Lancashire UK: More frac failures plague Cuadrilla, company tries but fails to seal the well and caused 57 earthquakes. How much methane is migrating into aquifers and homes? “We have little confidence in Cuadrilla’s technical abilities….”
A bunch of fracking failures by Peter Lazenby, August 11, 2019, Morning Star CONTROVERSIAL fracking operations at a site in Lancashire have been hit by another technical problem — the latest in a series of failures to safely and successfully … Continue reading
New video by Will Koop, with extraordinary drone footage! Broken Sprocket in the Fox Creek Hub? Alberta’s “Ignorant and Brute Force” Frack Experiments
15:51 Min. Play at 0.75 speed if more time needed to read the volumes of information researched by Mr. Koop and added to some slides in the clip. Intro in French by Johanne Dion on her FB page posting of … Continue reading
“Klippenstein, admittedly, ‘would not be the person’ he is ‘without freedom of thought and expression,’ so where’s his outrage at the legal suppressing of those freedoms – aka gag orders? And who would he be then, with his mouth legally taped shut?” Comment to Andrew Nikiforuk’s article in The Tyee on Klippenstein & Wanless quitting
Is a client’s right to freedom of thought and expression (eg posting articles, comments about a legal system inaccessible for nearly all civil Canadians, bad behaviour by judges and lawyers, etc) a valid reason for lawyers to quit a lawsuit? … Continue reading
Pollution could be damaging your brain, even leading to dementia but Health Canada still not making public their 2012 damning report admitting significant health hazards and risks to groundwater and air caused by frac’ing!
Why was a 2012 Health Canada Report, admitting significant health hazards and risks to groundwater and air from hydraulic fracturing, kept from the public? Why is the federal government keeping this important and damning report from the air breathing public? … Continue reading
Pennsylvania regulator allowing radioactive frac waste discharged into rivers as landfill leachate, Impacting Chesapeake Bay & Ohio River Watersheds
Pennsylvania is Discharging Radioactive Fracking Waste Into Rivers As Landfill Leachate, Impacting The Chesapeake Bay & Ohio River Watersheds by Joshua B. Pribanic and Talia Wiener, August 7, 2019, Public Herald Project: Smoking Gun | Podcast: newsCOUP … But what … Continue reading
PA: More Drilling May Jeopardize Drinking Water for 130,000; CNX had a “catastrophic loss of containment” forced dangerously high-pressured gas into 9 shallow wells and propelled methane, other gases into private water wells.
More Drilling May Jeopardize Drinking Water for 130,000 by Jena Shaffer on Aug 5, 2019, mtwatershed.com Since 2011, 52 wells have been drilled by CNX Resources Corporation, CONSOL’s gas division, within the immediate vicinity to Beaver Run Reservoir, the drinking water source … Continue reading
Watch your money Argentina! Frackers have spilled billions of dollars in red ink. Fracked oil & natural gas have been financial disasters. “Cash flows from fracking-focused oil and gas companies across the US have been negative for decades — even when oil and gas prices were higher than they are now.”
Stranded shale assets send a warning to Argentina and others by Kathy Hipple, New York, NY, US, August 7, 2019, Financial Times Your article on Argentina and shale gas (August 7) rests on a faulty premise. The shale revolution is … Continue reading
400,000 gallons frac sand mine sludge spews into Class II trout stream in Wisconsin; Regulator knee high boots caked in yellowish muck, waits 3 days to take samples. Intentional waste management via dumping?
Frac Sand Sentinel #288 8-9-2019 “The delay in spill reporting by WP and the delay in water testing by DNR create questions that need answering. Both of these delays are completely inappropriate and presumably contrary to law. The pump capacity was 1500 … Continue reading
Permian fracking activity sets new records with fewer people by Jordan Blum, Aug. 7, 2019, Houston Chronicle More Permian Basin wells are being hydraulically fractured and completed than ever before, and the work is being done with far fewer workers … Continue reading
New laws could pump billions of dollars into Permian Basin’s rapidly growing water recycling industry by Sergio Chapa, Aug. 2, 2019, Houston Chronicle Whether by pipeline tanker, truck or hose, more water is moving around the arid Permian Basin than … Continue reading
“The research is in: Stop fracking ASAP.” And, stop asking for regulations, responsible energy development, more study and fake, industry-controlled reviews. Asking for such enables more abuses. Time to say, “No, we are opposed!”
A July 28, 2019 email from Ernst to industry harmed Albertans asking for responsible energy development: Good morning Gentlemen, It appears you are not understanding how successfully synergy brainwashes people into running around in circles creating group after group after … Continue reading
Rhode Island vs 21 Oil & Gas Companies: Judge William Smith characterized operations “leading to all kinds of displacement, death (extinctions, even), and destruction….Defendants understood the consequences of their activity decades ago…. But instead of sounding the alarm, Defendants went out of their way to becloud the emerging scientific consensus and further delay changes – however existentially necessary – that would in any way interfere with their multi-billion-dollar profits.”
The ruling: http://blogs2.law.columbia.edu/climate-change-litigation/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/case-documents/2019/20190722_docket-118-cv-00395_opinion-and-order.pdf Snap below from the ruling: Judge rules against oil companies to keep climate liability case in Rhode Island by Miranda Green, July 22, 2019, The Hill A federal judge ruled against multiple oil and gas companies Monday, … Continue reading
Why did Paramount suddenly distribute Emergency Response Plan in Town of Fox Creek? To distract from Sprocket Energy’s 460,000 litre spill/leak/frac hit at abandoned sour gas well near Smoke Lake Provincial Park and the town?
Refer also to: 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 … Continue reading
Alberta’s newest Frac Farce: Jason Kenney’s panel to review energy deregulation filled with only industry executives, includes CAPP’s Whine-for-More-Freebies & Propaganda Machine, Tim McMillan
Alberta kicks off red tape reduction with focus on tourism, oil and gas sectors by Clare Clancy, August 2, 2019, Calgary Herald The Alberta government has revealed the first two industry panels that will propose ways to cut red tape … Continue reading
New York Tioga County landowners group pushing highly dangerous gelled propane fracs to circumvent State’s frac ban
How this Southern Tier group is trying to work around New York’s fracking ban by Jeff Platsky, August 2, 2019, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin A Tioga County landowners group appears willing to press ahead in challenging New York’s hydrofracking ban … Continue reading
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