Category Archives: Global Frac News
Open letter signed by 450 groups, universities, faith groups and celebrities around the world ask U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to endorse global frac ban
Campaigners urge UN to endorse global fracking ban, Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo among signatories of open letter to secretary general by Jillian Ambrose, Sept 19, 2019, The Guardian A global campaign backed by 450 activist groups and celebrities, including … Continue reading
Vomit bags needed to read these pro-polluter propaganda pieces: Albertans should take back to the streets to stand up for the AER & What A Revamped Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) SHOULD Look Like (After a Little History). “Should” is one of AER’s & industry’s beloved escape hatch words, used incessantly to avoid accountability and responsibility!
1. ABOUT BILL WHITELAWBill Whitelaw is president and CEO of JWN, as well as executive vice-president, Business Information Group, at Glacier Inc. and managing director of Evaluate Energy, an affiliated energy analytics and research company based in London, UK. Bill … Continue reading
October 8, 2019: Andrew Nikiforuk presents “Disruptive Shaking: The Impact of Fracking on Rural Communities” at Centre For Peace And Justice – Herr Lectures, Lacombe, Alberta
Disruptive Shaking: The Impact of Fracking on Rural Communities by Centre for Peace and Justice – Herr Lectures, Lacombe Alberta, October 8, 2019 Lacombe Memorial Centre – Centennial Hall South 5214 50 Ave., Lacombe, AB T4L 0B6 Date And Time: … Continue reading
UK ruling delivers blow to oil & gas companies claiming natural gas is environmentally friendly. Advertising Standards Authority rules natural gas is ‘not a low-carbon fuel.’ Equinor should not have implied it was environmentally friendly
Gas is ‘not a low-carbon fuel’, UK watchdog rules, Equinor should not have implied gas was environmentally friendly energy source by Financial Times, September 15, 2019 UK regulators have issued a warning to Norwegian energy giant Equinor over advertisements on … Continue reading
Remember Emergency Nurse Cathy Behr? Ohio, New Report: Widespread use of frac’ing and drilling chemicals risk water supplies and health. Companies injected undisclosed chemicals “10,992 times into 1,432 wells” enabled by the “law” that allows trade secrets, even from first responders.
2012: Ohio passes one of the worst fracking laws in the U.S. but best for health harming, polluting frac’ers! Frac’ing: It’s only done with kittens & cream, perfectly sweet & safe! What’s in fracking chemicals? Energy nonprofit demands answers by … Continue reading
Alberta ultra disturbing: 70 per cent (160/232) of commercial vehicles fail inspection; 42 per cent (98/232) **taken out of service** for failing safety issues! How many would fail if inspected in frenzied frac fields and traveling to them?
And how many cause fatal accidents? Three dead following fiery highway crash near Cereal, Alta Fall commercial vehicle inspection event takes more than 40 per cent of vehicles out of service by Edmonton Police Service, September 13, 2019 The EPS … Continue reading
City of Medicine Hat cleaning up 2,000 gas wells it made profits on. Why won’t the rest of Alberta’s oil and gas industry profit-takers clean up?
Guzzle Up! Toxic radioactive frac waste water coming soon to a bottling depot, farm, berry patch, swimming pool, park pathway near you?
New Mexico looking to recycle fracking waste water from oil and gas operations by Adrian Hedden, Sept 12, 2019, Carlsbad Current-Argus New Mexico lawmakers are upping the urgency in developing technology and regulations to cut back on water waste from … Continue reading
Another frac’er bites the dust: Houston-based Nine Energy shares slumped by -70.98% year to date; Lays off 70 employees, closes operations in Calgary, Red Deer and Grand Prairie, leaves Canada. Will they clean up on their way out?
Deciding Between Histogenics Corporation (HSGX) and At Nine Energy Service, Inc. (NINE) For Next Investment by Edison Carroll, September 13, 2019, eglobalist … The shares of Nine Energy Service, Inc. (NYSE:NINE), has slumped by -70.98% year to date as of … Continue reading
Another spill reported in the media – 500,000 litres produced water near Grand Prairie – while media continue to ignore 460,000 litre spill at Sprocket’s abandoned sour gas well near Smoke Lake Provincial Park and Town of Fox Creek. Why? Because it was a frac hit on a sour well near a town and busy public campground? Because people or wildlife were harmed?
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? Pipeline in NW Alberta leaks … Continue reading
Coushatta Louisiana: Just another frac’ing disaster they can’t stop. Explosion after frac’ing, all gas wells on pad still burning a week later, still rattling homes, noise getting louder. Regulator says “no air quality concerns” just like “No Duty of Care” Charter-violating AER says during blow outs in Alberta, even those spewing deadly sour gas
Fracked Gas Well Blowout in Louisiana Likely to Burn for the Next Month by Julie Dermansky, September 12, 2019, Desmog.blog A fracked natural gas well in northwest Louisiana has been burning for two weeks after suffering a blowout. A state official said … Continue reading
How Did Fracking Contaminants End Up In The Monongahela River? A Legal Loophole May Be To Blame by Reid Frazier, Sept 11, 2019, State Impact Pennsylvania About a year and a half ago, Guy Kruppa realized something was wrong with … Continue reading
What happens if Albertans keep praying for another oil boom, but God has none left to give? In Pennsylvania, EQT Corp. lays off nearly 200 employees to save $50 million annually and “transform EQT into a modern, technology-driven” producer
If Calgarians are looking for an answer to that question, they could do a lot worse than look to Detroit by Max Fawcett · for CBC News, Sept 11, 2019 Another day, another divestment. On Aug. 14, the Financial Post reported that Koch Industries (yes, that Koch … Continue reading
End game of AER/CAPP/Alberta’s putrid hundreds of billions in oilpatch liabilities stench has been known for decades. Yet another review not needed! Just get to work! Start cleaning up!
UPDATED with CAPP/Kenney’s Snitch Submission Email for $2.5 Million “McCarthy style witch hunt” of courageous concerned citizens, to help polluting, job-decimating, billion $ profit-taking, largely foreign-owned multinationals. The Inquiry lies, says not linked to Kenney’s war room even though inquiry is reportedly paid for out of war room’s budget! Inquiry Commissioner Steve Allen is industry-biased of course: Was Director of Compton Petroleum, chaired Compton’s Audit Committee (company with a greedy sordid sour history)
Colombia’s top administrative court keeps frac moratorium. “The measure that proposed giving an open road to the exercise of fracking has been defeated while it is decided whether its regulation is legal or not”
Colombia court maintains moratorium on fracking by Julia Symmes Cobb, September 10, 2019, Reuters BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s top administrative court maintained a temporary moratorium on the use of fracking on Tuesday, stymieing potential pilot projects amid ongoing arguments in … Continue reading
Scientific American: Even if Injection of Frac Wastewater Stops, Quakes Won’t; Oklahoma’s state seismologist, Jacob Walter: 900 fold increase in earthquakes in past decade of oil & gas frac boom is “unprecedented in human history”
Even if Injection of Fracking Wastewater Stops, Quakes Won’t, Salty fluid sinks and puts pressure on rock, potentially triggering faults in Oklahoma for years to come by Anna Kuchment, September 9, 2019, Scientific American Jacob Walter likes to remind people … Continue reading
Pennsylvania’s criminal investigation of frac harm cover-upper DEP: AG Josh Shapiro seeking investigative grand jurors from seven counties. How does one get criminal investigation into Encana illegally frac’ing a community’s drinking water aquifers with AER & Alberta govt covering it up, and bullying and shaming the harmed families?
Award-winning documentary “Triple Divide [Redacted]” hand selected for 2019 Oil Valley Film Festival Fracking documentary “Triple Divide [Redacted]” calls for criminal investigation of the Pennsylvania DEP. “For years, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has suppressed, withheld and covered up … Continue reading
Protest sign comes to life, Blackpool UK: Cuadrilla shareholders want to exit frac business! Area residents want “Cuadrilla to pack their bags and leave town,” after three more breaches of its permit. “It is clear the safety of the community is a low priority for them.”
Cuadrilla shareholders eye exit in blow to UK fracking by Emily Gosden, Sept 6, 2019, The Times The future of fracking in Britain was thrown further into doubt last night after it emerged that Cuadrilla Resources shareholders were looking to … Continue reading
Oh Dirty Canada! NEB, led by corporate crime cover-upper Peter Watson, changed to CER, still led by corporate crime cover-upper Peter Watson with a bunch of lawyers tossed in
NEB = National Energy Board becomes CER = Canada Energy Regulator. Does the govt believe this will clean up Peter Watson covering-up corporate crimes? Federal government announces new Canada Energy Regulator appointments by JWN, Aug. 29, 2019 Cassie Doyle, a … Continue reading
Deputy Environment Minister Bev Yee – who helped cover-up Encana’s crimes: diverting water without required permit under Water Act, illegal aquifer fracs, community-wide drinking water contamination & exploding water tower – appointed by Alberta gov’t to chair the AER in “steps to clean house.”
Imagine! Alberta’s “World Class” energy regulator, the AER, deregulating four times slower than its cousin in Texas! Watch UCP press conference to hear Alberta govt drone on and on how slow AER is compared to deregulator in Texas. Comment above … Continue reading
“Big fracking” (or, to make it sound sexy and desirable, “nuclear stimulation”) with a 40-kiloton nuclear bomb. “Cliffs started pouring rocks. It was quite a show, really,” Will the idiots in power in North America do it again?
Remember The First Time Colorado Tried Fracking With A Nuclear Bomb? by Grace Hood and Jim Hill, September 6, 2019, CPR News On Sept. 10, 1969, six and a half miles south of Rulison, Colorado, a 40-kiloton nuclear bomb exploded … Continue reading
“A Murderer’s Row: Maturities are coming year after year.” Bankruptcies rising in U.S. oil patch as Wall Street’s disaffection with frac’ers reverberates through industry. 26 producers file for bankruptcy so far in 2019; 28 filed in all of 2018. Bankruptcies expected to rise, “Debt levels are just too high and they’re going to have to take their medicine.”
Canada Pension Plan intentionally making $Billion Bad investments in frac’ing? Oil and Gas Bankruptcies Grow as Investors Lose Appetite for Shale, Smaller drillers, which account for sizable part of U.S. oil production, are struggling to pay off hefty debt burdens by … Continue reading
Well blowout north of Fort St John. If no threat to the public, why was the area evacuated and road block installed? Second well blow-out at Saguaro Resources facility in less than a year
Mechanical failure suspected cause of well blowout by Alaska Highway News, September, 5, 2019 A mechanical failure is the suspected cause of a blowout at a Saguaro Resources well site north of Fort St. John earlier this week. Personnel have … Continue reading
Jackson Co, Wisconsin: Elevated levels cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, nickel, zinc were found in surface water samples after 400,000 gallows muddy frac sand mine spill into Curran Coulee Creek; Aluminum concentrations more than 17 times higher than upstream of spill site
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 (and after rain) to take samples Tests Show Elevated Heavy Metals After Jackson County Frac … Continue reading
Lancashire UK: Cuadrilla apologises over quakes while trivializing the damages to homes and wants to keep frac’ing. What will the frac-greedy politicians and regulator do? “The whole house went backwards and forwards. [It] was a really strong movement.”
Lancashire fracking: Cuadrilla apologises over tremors by BBC News, Aug 31, 2019 Owners of the UK’s only active shale gas site have apologised to residents after a tremor with a magnitude of 2.9 was recorded. Fracking was suspended indefinitely by … Continue reading
University of Calgary seismologists say they make monumental discovery: Increased fluid pressure is main triggering mechanism of fluids injection-induced earthquakes by either reducing frictional resistance of the fault or altering fault loading conditions.
Comment by a Canadian reader in response to this post: They must have worked very hard to get to this conclusion (sarcasm). Researchers may have discovered a way to predict fracking-caused earthquakes; They looked at a 2016 fracking-caused 4.1 magnitude … Continue reading
Louisiana Desoto Parish, Frac’ing Haynesville Shale Problems: Gas eruptions; methane, ethane and benzene in aquifer and drinking water
Natural gas, water problems bubble to the surface in DeSoto Parish by Vickie Welborn and Jeff Beimfohr, Oct 11, 2018, KTBS A pond on C.L. Bryant’s property in Grand Cane was found bubbling on Oct. 29, 2017. Natural gas from … Continue reading
UK, Blackpool: Cuadrilla’s quakes won’t stop even though work ordered stopped. Bigger quake, 2.9M, damages countless homes, 450 residents protest, demand frac ban. Company’s earthquakes keep getting bigger: 2.1M quake, felt by residents, days after previous record set at 1.6M, also felt by residents. Cuadrilla had promised it would keep quakes below 0.5M
Will the UK regulator deregulate to allow bigger and bigger frac quakes the way they did in Canada, damages to wellbores, homes, roads, bridges, businesses, etc. be damned? Refer also to: Percentage of high-magnitude quakes felt at the surface increases … Continue reading
Ontario 2 years ago: In Norfolk, leaking abandoned industry *sour* gas wells forces exclusion zone for vehicles, vessels, and evacuation of 22 homes. In nearby Town of Jarvis (population 2,300), unusually high methane readings, firefighters test gas levels at every home. Compare to grossly negligent, “No Duty of Care,” Charter-violating, lying, spying, heinous AER covering-up industry’s deadly gas leaks.
Sour Gas damages the brain, even at very low levels: 1. Exposure to levels below 10 ppm permanently damage the human brain 2. Harm from levels below 10 ppm by Worksafe Alberta 3. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) LOW LEVEL HEALTH HARM … Continue reading
Watch the leak clip at link: U.S. energy companies are scrambling to reduce methane emissions—both unintended and deliberate—that equate to exhaust from 69 million cars a year and contribute to global warming by Rebecca Elliot, August 8, 2019, Wall Street … Continue reading
Another frac ‘n gag to cover up frac damages? Cuadrilla signs non-disclosure agreement with UK’s national earthquake monitoring agency, British Geological Survey, to ‘destroy confidential documents’ and release operational data only at company’s request
Fracking firm Cuadrilla signs secret deal with geological agency to ‘destroy confidential documents’, Exclusive: Campaigners say non-disclosure deal lacks transparency by Dean Kirby, ugust 23rd 2019, inews.co.uk The UK’s national earthquake monitoring agency has a secret deal with fracking company … Continue reading
What are you showering, bathing in, drinking, breathing venting from your water taps? PA District Attorneys get court order to bar landfill, owned by Canadian company Tervita (as of June 1), from taking frac waste & drill cuttings to protect public drinking water. Officials determined the landfill was sending them 100,000 to 300,000 gallons of contaminated water a day – two to six times the amount the authority was allowed to take.
Dumping toxic waste on foodland and roads or piled in communities or dumped in unlined pits near homes and communities is how Alberta’s “best-in-class” “world-class” Charter violating, lying spying AER lets it happen: 2011 Encana waste dumping just east of … Continue reading
Fabulous! Campaign for an inclusive legal profession in Ontario starts at www.demandinclusion.ca. “Because white supremacy will not roll over and die.” – Kris @GPLLP
Access the campaign at https://twitter.com/DemandInclusion Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/demandinclusion/ … Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/demandinclusion/ … Website: https://demandinclusion.wordpress.com/ (Public Education page in progress to provide facts and refute the position of the STOP SOP slate.) What is happening in the legal profession? In 2016, the Law Society … Continue reading
Truck going too fast to make the turn? 4,800 gallons unknown substance spilled into Yough River when “brine” tractor-trailer flips. How many hundreds similar spills into water ways not caught or reported?
4,800 gallons of ‘unknown substance’ spills into Yough River when tractor-trailer flips over by WPXI, Aug 23, 2019 ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Nearly 4,800 gallons of an unknown substance spilled into the Yough River after a tractor-trailer overturned. Emergency crews … Continue reading
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: 2015 06: How did hydraulic-fracturing operations in the Horn River Basin change seismicity patterns in northeastern British Columbia, Canada? In the HRB [Horn River Basin, NE BC Canada], the seismic response to HF [Hydraulic Fracturing] … 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