Category Archives: Global Frac News
International Human Rights Court Recommends Worldwide Frac Ban. Will rape & pillage enabling Canadian authorities listen?
This post is for Polly Higgins. International Human Rights Court Recommends Fracking Ban Press Release by Dr. Tom Kerns, April 4, 2019, Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has just released its … Continue reading
AER orders Vesta Energy to suspend frac operations at well site linked to 4.6M earthquake in Central Alberta
Alberta Energy Regulator suspends fracking well linked to Monday earthquake by The Canadian Press, March 5, 2019, Edmonton Sun SYLVAN LAKE, Alta. — The Alberta Energy Regulator has ordered a company to suspend fracking operations at a well site linked … Continue reading
4.6M earthquake, 1 km in depth, most powerful yet in central Alberta, hits SW of Red Deer, cracks walls in homes, knocks power out to thousands. Vesta Energy reports quake to AER, shuts down frac’ing. AER investigating. Geological Survey of Canada says looks like fra’cing didn’t do it.
Natural Resources Canada, March 4, 2019: Local Time: 05:55:17 MSTMagnitude: 4.6 MLLatitude: 52.22 NorthLongitude: 114.07 WestDepth: 1.0 kmUT Date and Time: 2019/03/04 12:55:17 UT [AER reports the quake at 4.1M, Vesta Energy at 4.32M, while Geological Survey of Canada arrogantly … Continue reading
Drilling, Frac’ing, Mining, Spills, Corporate Law Violations & Toxic Waste Dumping Everywhere with Water Gone or Gone Bad Everywhere too. Where are the courts? Busy gagging the harmed, protecting the water abusers and their enablers – the “regulators.”
Rob Schwartz FB comment: Does anybody wonder if the recently rescinded water rights in the Milk River area has anything to do with industry plans to do a frac blitz on that same area ? 2006 09 21: Water usage advisory … Continue reading
“..like an Alabama tick.” Schwarzenegger to Sue Oil Companies “for knowingly killing people all over the world.”
Schwarzenegger to Sue Big Oil for ‘First Degree Murder’ At SXSW, the former California governor lets loose on climate change, Donald Trump and gives his first in-depth remarks on #MeToo by Edward-Isaac Dovere, March 12, 2018, Politico AUSTIN, Texas — Arnold … Continue reading
Spooked by Quakes, Oklahoma Toughens Fracking Rules, Canadian regulators stick with less stringent regulations despite growing risks from mega-fracking
Spooked by Quakes, Oklahoma Toughens Fracking Rules, Canadian regulators stick with less stringent regulations despite growing risks from mega-fracking by Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Mar 2018, TheTyee.ca After recording swarms of earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing, Oklahoma has introduced tougher regulations than … Continue reading
Rolling Stone reports on Compendium 5: ‘The Harms of Fracking’: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer. Dr. Sandra Steingraber: “Fracking is the worst thing I’ve ever seen.” Dr. Pouné Saberi: “There is a code of silence….” Workers rarely report injuries or hazards, for fear of losing their jobs.
I know that some of you have been waiting a long time for the 5th edition. I join all my co-authors in saying that we ardently hope that this report will be useful to people in frontline communities who are … Continue reading
“yep they get the gold, we get the shaft.” Dam collapses at one of Australia’s largest gold mines after 2.7M earthquake 2 km away. Imagine BC’s foolish, high risk Site C dam surrounded by frac’ing causing much stronger earthquakes!
Work suspended after dam collapses at one of Australia’s largest gold mines, Just days after an earthquake hit the area, a dam wall has collapsed at the Cadia mine near Orange by William McInnes, 10 March 2018, The Sydney Morning Herald Operations … Continue reading
Day 20: XTO’s exploded gas well that vented methane, caused 2 mile no fly zone for weeks finally capped; Powhatan residents return home; Authorities chant no harm to public, no safety risk
OSHP releases aerial footage of Powhatan Point well pad by Kate Davison, March 12, 2018, WTOV9 The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released aerial footage of the Powhatan Point well pad. The helicopter video allowed disaster response units to conduct … Continue reading
Oklahoma’s boasted frac quake mitigation failing, badly! More homes damaged by two 4.2M quakes Sunday NE of Enid; Court coddling oil companies causing quakes, leaving people plaintiffs dangling
Damage reported after earthquakes in Oklahoma by News9, Mar 05, 2018 BRECKENRIDGE, Okla. (AP) – Damage is being reported after two 4.2-magnitude earthquakes rattled northern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quakes hit Sunday evening near the town of Breckenridge, … Continue reading
The Guardian in UK reports on Ristigouche Sud-Est’s legal win against Gastem: Tiny Canada town defeats oil firm in court fight over drinking water, Company sued Quebec village of 157 people after it created bylaw to protect its water
Tiny Canada town defeats oil firm in court fight over drinking water, Company sued Quebec township of 157 people after it created a no-drill zone, fearing for its water supply by Ashifa Kassam in Toronto, Mar 2018, The Guardian ‘We are relieved that … Continue reading
Unbelievable! A Canadian judge with courage & integrity! Justice Nicole Tremblay ruled a municipality has right to protect its territory based on precautionary principle, but orders only half of tiny Quebec village’s legal fees reimbursed. Is that justice? After 4.5 years of legal stresses & waiting, Ristigouche Sud-Est wins! Gastem sued the community $1.5 Million for trying to protect drinking water
The ruling, dated February 28, 2018 Note that the Quebec court heard the trial over 9 days in September 2017 and ruled in only 5 months, on a much more complicated matter than the Ernst vs AER preliminary motion (not a … Continue reading
Traditional Agricultural User Water Rights Denied. 1,000 mistakes? Will Alberta’s NDP Minister of Environment, Shannon Phillips, take a lie detector test? After significant outrage reported in the media, she says taking water away from ranchers & farmers was a mistake
Province denying rancher’s water rights by David Schneider, Little Bow MLA, February 25, 2018, Lethbridge Herald In December 2017, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) sent out letters advising several Albertans that water licence applications submitted over 15 years ago were being closed … Continue reading
Bow Island, Alberta: “Water” well beside Chantel Timmons’ home leaking white foam & dangerous levels natural gas. Is it an abandoned shallow gas well or historic stratigraphic test well? Charter violating, No Public Interest or Public Health mandate, “No Duty of Care” AER shirking its duties, yet again
Religious (Trumpian) Alberta Chant: Industry didn’t do it. Water wells in Alberta have always been naturally contaminated with methane Many in Alberta ignorantly (and to enable their greed for more and more oil and gas industry lease money) chant the … Continue reading
Frac Water Orgy Announced by AER’s Mark Taylor (ex-manager Encana who lied to Rosebud, said Encana would never frac their drinking water). No Wonder AEP is Taking Water Licences Away from Farmers/Ranchers: AER grants 10 year blanket approval water licences; Companies need not know where they will frac, or how much they will frac or where they’ll get their water from. Companies “expected” to look at sources other than fresh drinking water, eg hydrocarbon contaminated groundwater, but not if contaminated with methane!
Coming soon everywhere in Canada, except PEI? 2012 09 12: AEA: Support to the identification of potential risks for the environment and human health arising from hydrocarbons operations involving hydraulic fracturing in Europe A proportion (25% to 100%) of the … Continue reading
Dennis Kucinich vows to end all oil & gas drilling in Ohio if elected Governor, then take the industry to court: “Fresh water and clean water are not negotiable issues.” Industry not happy with his plans. Boo Hoo, more of these plans ahead, everywhere, except in Alberta Canada
DENNIS KUCINICH VOWS TO END ALL OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN OHIO IF ELECTED GOVERNOR AND THEN TAKE THE INDUSTRY TO COURT by Zaid Jilani, February 19 2018, The Intercept THE MAN WHO saved Cleveland — and paid the ultimate political price … Continue reading
Arrogance, Greed & Ignorance Out of Control: ‘Frac hits’ growing issue as infill drilling, frac stages rise: “Economic results could be catastrophic”
‘Frac hits’ growing issue as infill drilling, frac stages rise by Mella McEwen, February 20, 2018, mrt Hearst Newspapers The Permian Basin is getting crowded, with thousands of new wells being drilled. And it’s going to get even more crowded as … Continue reading
Newfoundland and Labrador gov’t’s evil new Synergy Alberta lingo: Create a “world-class energy cluster.” NL unveils plan to double oil production by 2030, speed up development process (aka deregulate), Lay foundation for natural gas industry – Sneak in Fracking?
N.L. unveils plan for faster, cheaper offshore oil and gas development by The Canadian Press, February 19, 2018, Calgary Herald ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Cash-strapped Newfoundland and Labrador has launched a 12-year plan to speed and increase offshore oil and gas … Continue reading
Pipe Dreams Fractured Lives – The Trailer on Facebook and by fanforce on Youtube, February 12, 2018 Currently touring Australia. The Premiere was a full house with an employee at the cinema saying he had not seen a full house in … Continue reading
Frack Patch Porn: The ultimate sexual assault by men in positions of power? Ensign drills Canada’s longest lateral, 7,770 metres (4.828 miles), at global frac-quake capital, Fox Creek, Alberta. Is it the world’s longest lateral onshore?
Why no reporting on the start and finish dates drilling this world-record onshore lateral? And why no location provided for such a significant event? Is it because AER, Shell and Ensign know the long lateral is causing earthquakes? Ensign drills … Continue reading
Extremely Wise Dutch Economic Affairs Minister: “Shale gas is not an option in the Netherlands any more. We are not doing it. It is over and done with.’
Dutch minister confirms ban on drilling, shale gas ‘not an option’ February 16, 2018, DutchNews.nl The Netherlands will not give out any permits for the exploration for shale gas in the Netherlands, economic affairs minister Erik Wiebes has confirmed to … Continue reading
Brilliant Gérard Montpetit at his best! The Pipeline of Happiness will Transport Dilpot & BC Wine from Vancouver to Halifax, Right through Rachel Notley’s Toxic Tarsands Country
The Pipeline of Happiness by Gérard Montpetit, February 15, 2018 Like thousands of Québecois, I was against the Energy East pipeline despite the spin of the promoters that this project was as important to Canada as the railway in the 19th … Continue reading
Oil & gas industry’s fracking is “perfectly safe” lie explodes by homes, yet again: Ohio, Belmont County, XTO Well pad explosion, fire forces 1 mile mandatory evacuation area; Families & businesses within 2 miles urged to evacuate, 2/3s of Village of Powhatan
Typical of the oil and gas industry: Is XTO’s new definition of “explosion” – a loss of control, uncontrolled manner – to try to down play the incident? Compare to: 2015 03 12; Jack Shawn Eyles, 28, from Kelowna, dies … Continue reading
Fracking tied to reduced songbird nesting success by American Ornithological Society, February 14, 2018, Phys.org The central Appalachian region is experiencing the country’s most rapid growth in shale gas development, or “fracking,” but we’ve known almost nothing about how this is … Continue reading
Peter Watson’s scandal bitten NEB boss-job to crumble into frac dust? Cover-up agent for AER/Encana & bully extraordinaire, ex-Deputy Minister Alberta Environment Peter Watson, now Chair & CEO of NEB (appointed by Steve Harper as reward?) skating on thin ice. What cover-up position will Watson get next? Appointed by Rachel Notley to Chair AER, replace ex-Encana VP Gerard Protti?
Trudeau government legislation proposes to jettison Harper appointees at pipeline regulator by Mike De Souza, February 13th 2018, National Observer All 19 politically-appointed members of the National Energy Board are slated to be swept from their positions under new environmental … Continue reading
More Frac Secrets Exposed, like Encana intentionally frac’ing drinking water supplies, then lying, promising never to do so. Secret UK government report lowers fracking expectations
Secret UK government report lowers fracking expectations by Zachary Davies Boren and Lawrence Carter, February 10, 2018, unearthed Confidential Cabinet Office analysis predicts 155 wells by 2025 — a far cry from the thousands previously touted The British government does … Continue reading
Alberta Forest Town Shakes as Frackers Drill for Light Oil by Robert Tuttle, February 8, 2018, Bloomberg Technology Fox Creek’s Duvernay drilling boom brings trucks, earthquakes Chevron plans development of 55,000 acres near town of 2,000 In the Western Alberta … Continue reading
Gail Atkinson, earthquake expert: Low-volume fracking found still dangerous; Dutch Court Orders NAM to Immediately Compensate Homeowners in Frac Quake Damages Zone in Groningen for Depreciation even if Homes Not Sold. Will the Corporate Giant Heed the Court? Most Likely Not.
Low-volume fracking found still dangerous by Jonathan Sher, February 8, 2018, The London Free Press Companies that frack less aggressively for oil can lessen the number of earthquakes but not necessarily their magnitude, a London researcher has found. Gail Atkinson, … Continue reading
Florida senate’s environmental conservation committee voted 10-0 approving bipartisan bill to ban fracking statewide
Doesn’t Donnie Trump want his $200 Million Mar-a-Lago weekend home & water supply frac’d ‘n quaked? Lawmakers From Both Parties Move to Ban Fracking in Florida by Mike Ludwig, February 7, 2018, Truthout The effort to prevent fracking in Florida … Continue reading
New Study: Frac chemical mix causes disturbing changes in breast tissue; Low levels of chemicals used in unconventional oil & gas production cause abnormal mammary glands and pre-cancerous lesions
Prenatal exposure to unconventional oil and gas operation chemical mixtures altered mammary gland development in adult female mice by Sarah A Sapouckey, Christopher D Kassotis, Susan C Nagel, and Laura N Vandenberg, February 7, 2018, Endocrinology, en.2017-00866, https://doi.org/10.1210/en.2017-00866 Abstract Unconventional oil and … Continue reading
Alberta’s Big Oil Pollution Party (aka UCP) Leader Rachel Notley Farts in the Wind with Sour Grapes Strategy against BC trying to protect its environment from American brute Kinder Morgan’s diluted bitumen shipments
Everyone everywhere, please, if you drink wine, buy BC wine for the month of February (or longer!) and show BC your support! Since when did Rachel Notley give a damn about constitutionality? Alberta’s NDP had automatic right to intervene in … Continue reading
Worker killed during move of drilling rig at Cenovus Christina Lake tarsands site; Cenovus investigating itself. Will Cenovus find itself guilty if Cenovus is to blame?
Cenovus continues some layoffs following worker’s death by Bill Kaufmann, February 9, 2018, Calgary Herald Already reeling from a series of job losses, Cenovus employees say a decision to reverse a delay in some layoffs following a workplace death comes as … Continue reading
Oil & Gas Industry’s Deadly Voluntary “Guidance” Con Continues: OSHA standards moot in Quinton rig explosion that killed 5 men because oil & gas drilling, servicing & production are exempt from OSHA’s “Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals” regulations, Despite “catastrophic hazard potential”
OSHA standards moot in Quinton rig explosion because of exemption for oil-and-gas industry, Rig that exploded near Quinton not covered by safety rules by Corey Jones, February 3, 2018, Tulsa World The natural gas rig that exploded near Quinton and killed … Continue reading
Major Free Speech Victory: USA Federal Court Strikes Down Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott
Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters confront each other in Jerusalem’s Old City on Dec. 15, 2017. In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott by … Continue reading
Oklahoma’s induced seismicity strongly linked to wastewater injection depth by Thea Hincks, Willy Aspinall, Roger Cooke, and Thomas Gernon, February 1, 2018, Science Abstract The dramatic rise in Oklahoma seismicity since 2009 is due to wastewater injection. The role of injection depth is … Continue reading
Oilpatch Waste Disposal Company, Tervita, Poisoning and Sickening residents of Unity Saskatchewan? Shame on Brad Wall’s Polluting Petro State for downplaying the many that were sickened, claiming a “strong odor” had “in some cases caused personal discomfort.”
New 2018 Report: Shale Oil Drilling Largely *Still* Not Profitable, Costs are Rising, Drillers are Pursuing “Irrational Production.” Average return on asset for U.S. shale companies “is still a measly 0.8 percent”
Why Is The Shale Industry Still Not Profitable? by Nick Cunningham, January 29, 2018, Oil Price “Echoing the criticism of too much hype surrounding U.S. shale from the Saudi oil minister last week, a new report finds that shale drilling is … Continue reading
Greed, greed, arrogance & greed: Is Canada the next frontier for shale oil? Massive fields, mostly in Alberta, could rival the richest U.S. deposits or is it just another con? Seven Generations Energy & Encana boasting (exaggerating?) away, trying to lure investors and con Canadians
Read first: January 2016: Ernst vs AER Supreme Court of Canada hearing followed by 4.8M quake in AER’s Immoral Blanket Approval Frac Experiment Gone Wild, felt in St. Albert, 280km away March 2016: Is fracking behind Fox Creek’s vanishing drinking … Continue reading
Another frac lawsuit bites the dust, Frac’d & contaminated aquifers for Pavillion Wyoming community not yet repaired: Jeff & Rhonda Locker settle with Encana & gag on their contaminated drinking water
Pavillion couple reach settlement with Encana on polluted water by Heather Richards, January 24, 2018, Casper Star-Tribune A Pavillion couple has reached a settlement with Encana Corp. over contaminated groundwater in the central Wyoming gas field where they live. The … Continue reading
Oklahoma Supreme Court 8-0 Ruling, One Recusal: Oil companies can be sued when worker injured; Republican law giving oil companies legal immunity deemed unconstitutional
Too bad the Supreme Court of Canada justices that heard Ernst vs AER (and denied Ernst her guaranteed right to seek remedy for her valid claim of AER violating her Charter rights – ruling AER is legally immune even for … Continue reading