Category Archives: Global Frac News

Queensland Australia: Another new study shows unconventional gas industry pollution: Air Pollution and human health hazards: a compilation of air toxins acknowledged by gas industry in Queensland’s Darling Downs. As expected and as usual, industry name calls the scientist, Geralyn McCarron, “activist” to try to discredit her and her alarming paper

Queensland authorities urged to to act on health concerns about coal seam gas emissions by Geralyn McCarron, January 25, 2018, croaky.org On 8 January, the International Journal of Environmental Studies published a study showing an association between increases in hospital admissions for circulatory and respiratory … Continue reading

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Synergizing Canadian Courts Enabling Polluters: BC Judge gives Painted Pony Energy PR gift (makes the company look good by “giving” to NGOs) instead of ordering real punishment for killing migratory birds in frac fluid tank

Natural gas company fined after dead birds found floating in fracking fluid tank, 14 migratory birds were found dead in containment tank north of Fort St. John by The Canadian Press, with files from Andrew Kurjata, Jan 24, 2018, CBC News A natural gas … Continue reading

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Subsidiary of Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd. charged for explosion that killed 2 workers in Alberta in 2016; Nexen (blamed the workers) facing 8 charges under Occupational Health & Safety Act. How many charges will the court order as “donations” to enabling NGOs, propaganda group “Insider Education,” an arena, frac research, etc? Or will all the charges be dropped to keep China happy?

Nexen charged after explosion killed two workers in 2016, Charges have been laid against Nexen Energy ULC after two workers were killed in an explosion at the Nexen Long Lake site south of Fort McMurray by Claire Theobald with files from Vincent … Continue reading

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New study in natural gas fields of northern New Mexico: First in any animal to link oil & gas industry noise pollution to stress and show the connection can disrupt reproduction

Two new studies, one in Alberta Canada, one in New Mexico USA: Songbirds on Alberta oilfields are changing their tunes to cope with the noise, Sparrows sing at higher frequencies to be heard over compressors, pumpjacks and screw pumps by … Continue reading

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Oklahoma: Red Mountain Energy rig explosion kills Josh Ray, 35; Cody Risk, 26; Parker Waldridge, 60; Roger Cunningham, 55; and Matt Smith, 29; One other worker hospitalized; Company not sure what they were drilling for; Patterson-UTI has long history of fatal accidents

The driller involved in the deadly Oklahoma rig explosion has a history of fatal accidents by Sean Murphy, Associated Press, January 25, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette OKLAHOMA CITY — Ten workers have died over the past decade at well sites linked to drilling … Continue reading

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New study: Hydraulic fracturing volume is associated with induced earthquake productivity in Duvernay play, Fox Creek Alberta

Read the complete study Hydraulic fracturing volume is associated with induced earthquake productivity in the Duvernay play by R. Schultz1, G. Atkinson, D. W. Eaton, Y. J. Gu, H. Kao, January 19, 2018, Science Vol. 359, Issue 6373, pp. 304-308 DOI: 10.1126/science.aao0159 Seismicity … Continue reading

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“We have reached a point of no return,” Cape Town at risk of becoming first major city in the world to run out of water, yet South Africa still plans to frac itself

Watch clip Cape Town at risk of becoming first major city in the world to run out of water by Geoffrey York, January 18, 2018, The Globe and Mail Cape Town, one of the biggest cities in South Africa and … Continue reading

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UK, New Study: Fracking is one of the most harmful forms of energy production

Fracking Is Among the Most Harmful Forms of Energy Production, Study Finds by Chelsea Gohd, January 16, 2018, Futurism A new study by U.K. scientists examining the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of fracking ranks the controversial practice seventh amongst a pool … Continue reading

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Fracking puts farming industry in jeopardy

COMMENTARY: Fracking puts farming industry in jeopardy by Marilyn Cameron, January 16, 2018, Chronicle Herald In case you haven’t noticed yet, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy’s website has posted an Onshore Petroleum Atlas which lends credence to the potential … Continue reading

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The Road to Hell Continues. Does Nova Scotia have a frac ban? No, of course not. Synergized environmental groups, including Council of Canadians, made sure of that

Note Council of Canadians is not the same as Council of Canadian Academies. A few eye openers: 2017 11 07: Synergy Alberta Strikes BC! 17 groups, including Council of Canadians and BC Tap Water Alliance, join call for frac regulations! Calling … Continue reading

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Outrageous frac company Cabot Oil & Gas Suing Victim of Its Own Pollution for Speaking Out, Pennsylvania resident Ray Kemble sued by the company that polluted his water

A Fracking Company Is Suing a Victim of Its Own Pollution for Speaking Out (Video), A Pennsylvania resident is being sued by the company that polluted his water by Hope Forpeace, AlterNet, January 10, 2018 Cabot Oil & Gas, a petroleum, natural gas … Continue reading

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Just another Synergy Alberta Propaganda Group? Maritimes Energy Association urges Nova Scotia to undo frac ban. By how many billions is Energy Dept exaggerating their new “analysis?”

Wheeler says he wouldn’t ‘change a single word’ of 2014 fracking report by Francis Campbell, January 12, 2018, The Chronicle Herald No wonder: 2014 08 02: Whycocomagh MUST WATCH “Trust Us” Patronizing Propaganda; Nova Scotia Frac Panel Chair Dr. David … Continue reading

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Typical: Energy group Ineos files for judicial review of Scotland’s frac ban. But Scotland hasn’t legislated a ban yet, they only said they will ban it

Ineos launching legal challenge against SNP fracking ban, CHEMICALS giant Ineos is launching a legal challenge against the SNP’s fracking ban amid claims the move is “unlawful” and a “misuse of ministerial power” by Tom Martin, January 9, 2018, express.co.uk … … Continue reading

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Listen to George Bender’s Story by O’Shea featuring Bob Hirst (Midnight Oil): The truth walks slowly (in the countryside). “His heart’s as empty as his water tank.”

The truth walks slowly in the countryside by O’Shea featuring Bob Hirst, April 25, 2016 His heart’s as empty as his water tank. You may have heard about some of the issues that coal seam gas mining is causing in … Continue reading

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Doug Hendren: Fracking is Everywhere; We’ve got gag orders, no tape recorders, … ‘Cause the judge says that it ain’t legal, Walking ‘round, talking to people.

Listen to the song at link: Fracking Is Everywhere by Doug Hendren M.D. & Musical Scalpel, 2016 Something is going on, Pennsylvania, Down on the farm. Governor’s telling me not to be alarmed. Animals upside down From drinking the water, … Continue reading

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Netherlands: 50 years after catastrophic blowout, natural gas reservoir still leaking methane into local drinking water aquifer. No evidence of leak above ground, but water wells are contaminated with enough methane to merit immediate action to prevent explosions. Meanwhile, nothing but bullying and lying by “regulators” is done in Alberta where water wells are contaminated with dangerous levels of methane from fracking, even illegal frac’ing of community aquifers by Encana

FIFTY YEARS AFTER A BLOWOUT, THIS NATURAL-GAS RESERVOIR IS STILL CONTAMINATING THE LOCAL GROUNDWATER, A study of a blowout site in the Netherlands offers safety lessons for natural gas fields around the world by Francie Diep, January 2, 2018, Pacific Standard … Continue reading

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Super Smart! France’s parliament passes law banning producing oil & gas by 2040, Bans extracting shale gas by any means, Unlike New York State’s frac ban where many fracs (eg gas fracs) remain legal

France bans fracking and oil extraction in all of its territories, French parliamentarians have passed a law banning fossil fuel extraction. President Macron says he wants France to lead the world with switch to renewables by Agence France-Presse, December 20, 2017, The Guardian … Continue reading

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Fabulous Christmas gift for Prince Edward Island’s fresh water, farms, families and communities! PEI Water Act passes with amendment to prohibit fracking

P.E.I. Water Act passes with amendment to prohibit fracking by Mitch MacDonald, December 20, 2017,  Journal Pioneer Fracking for oil and natural gas is now effectively banned in P.E.I. A ban on hydraulic fracturing was included during the passing of the … Continue reading

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Chris Bowers Letter to BC NDP MLAs: On Drowning the Peace

From: Chris Bowers Sent: December-19-17 2:30 PM To: John Horgam Premier (email hidden; JavaScript is required); ‘email hidden; JavaScript is required‘; Anne Kang; Bob Deith; Bowinn Ma; ‘email hidden; JavaScript is required‘; ‘email hidden; JavaScript is required‘; ‘email hidden; JavaScript … Continue reading

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Texas, New Study: Fracking directly linked to increase in earthquakes

Fracking Activity Linked to Increase in Texas Quakes, According to New Study by Yale Environment 360 Digest, November 27, 2017 Using recent seismic data and studies of ancient fault lines, scientists have concluded that an increase in earthquake activity in parts of … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Will Encana Spawn’s Greed Kill Your Frac Job? Cutting Workers to Fatten Investors, Making Workers Wonder over the Holidays. Nasty, in True Encana/Cenovus Form

A comment to the Calgary Herald article by Tom Aaron What lousy reporting. The impact? This announcement has more impact on the Calgary and Alberta economy (real lives) than anything in the last 90 days. The artsy trained press ‘just doesn’t … Continue reading

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New Study Says Fracking Negatively Impacts Infant Health. New Low for Marcellus Shale Coalition: “….it’s dangerously misleading and inflammatory to suggest that natural gas development has done anything but improve public health.”

Hydraulic fracturing negatively impacts infant health by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public Health and International Affairs, December 13, 2017, Princeton University … Health risks increase for infants born to mothers living within 2 miles of a hydraulic fracturing … Continue reading

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UPDATED WITH MORE QUAKES, Fox Creek, Alberta Frac Quakes start up again; New Study by Standford Scientists: Small earthquakes at frac sites may be early indicators of bigger quakes to come; Surprising Finding: Arkansas earthquakes mostly caused by hydraulic fracturing, only some by wastewater injection, None caused by trucks

Chevron boasted recently of moving from exploration to development in the Fox Creek  area. Earthquakes quickly followed. Data collection and quake location mapping by Barb Ryan (will be updated, time permitting, as the quakes shake on):   Most recent earthquakes … Continue reading

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BC NDP, Just like Alberta NPD: Feeding the Uneconomic Frac Frenzy & Folly, Horgan’s NDP Breaking Bad with Christie Clark’s (aka Gwyn Morgan’s) Site C Dam

Breaking Bad: The Pathology of Site C, John Horgan’s NDP government ignored basic truths and now commits B.C. to greater environmental disaster by Andrew Nikiforuk , December 12, 2107, TheTyee.ca

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Western Australia permanently criminalizes fracking in South-West, Pell and Perth regions; Legislation also supports State-wide frac moratorium

WA passes anti-fracking law by The Australian Pipeliner, 12 December, 2017 The Western Australian Government has passed laws to permanently ban hydraulic fracture stimulation in the South-West, Pell and Perth regions. This delegated legislation also supports the State-wide fracking moratorium, which … Continue reading

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Alberta Greed Marches Stupidly On: Trican to reactivate full fracking fleet by end of 2018

Trican to reactivate full fracking fleet by end of 2018 by Deborah Jaremko, Dec. 11, 2017, JWNEnergy Trican Well Service is setting up its spending in 2018 for a return to full operations of its hydraulic fracturing fleet. The company parked … Continue reading

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Pffffffffffffffffffffffffffft, AER Hopes on a Rope & Farts out Puff Piece Propaganda Directive 67. With brilliant comments by Diana Daunheimer, censored by our media

Alberta to crack down on oil executives that dumped orphan wells on taxpayers, More changes are expected in the coming months as the province is conducting a review of how orphaned oil and gas wells, for which there is no financially … Continue reading

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In harm’s way in USA: About half of hydraulically fractured wells exist within 2 to 3 kilometers of domestic groundwater systems. In Alberta, companies frac within 100 metres of water wells, and regulators let them frac more wells above Base of Groundwater Protection nearby even after causing community-wide drinking water contamination

In harm’s way: About half of hydraulically fractured wells exist within 2 to 3 kilometers of domestic groundwater systems by Julie Cohen, University of California, November 27, 2017, Science Daily Summary: About half of hydraulically fractured wells exist within 2 … Continue reading

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BOE Report Gloating, Whining Damning Redwater Review: With low commodity prices and billions worth of outstanding environmental obligations, Alberta is between a soft rock and a hard wellsite. Think of the families with frac’d health, and or frac’d explosive drinking water too dangerous to flush toilets with

Steve Harper moved Justice Niel C Wittmann down from Alberta Court of Appeal to Court of Queen’s Bench in time to cement the set-up of Redwater ripping off Albertans and the environment, and to volunteer to take over and get … Continue reading

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Another frac harm lawsuit gags: Settlement reached between two Oklahoma oil and gas companies and Prague resident Sandra Ladra injured in 2011 earthquake

Settlement reached between two Oklahoma oil and gas companies and Prague resident injured in 2011 earthquake by Lili Zheng, October 20, 2017, Oklahoma’s News4 PRAGUE, Okla. — A settlement has been reached between two Oklahoma oil and gas companies and … Continue reading

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Wishing Steve Harper & MP Kevin Sorenson Merry Christmas: O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Listen to Keith & Royal flat picking in Rosebud, Alberta as you read O Little Town Of Bethlehem by Francis A. Boyle, 03 December, 2010, Countercurrents.org It was December of 1991 and I was serving as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of Canada shows its bias against non First Nations Canadians, yet again. Court rules not OK for Yukon govt to violate a local planning agreement with First Nations, while ruling OK for AER to violate Canada’s top law in the country, The Charter of Rights and Freedoms (which protects all Canadians, not just First Nations)

Compare to the non ruling by the same court in Ernst vs AER, where the court knowingly defamed Ernst and allowed Alberta’s energy regulator (AER) to get away with violating Ernst’s Charter rights (her “valid” Charter claim was not quashed by … Continue reading

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Perfectly Safe, “Brute Force & Ignorant” Fracking Experiment Kills Again: 1 dead, another injured during fracking at Devon Energy oil field in Blaine County

1 dead, another injured after [frac] incident at Devon Energy oil field in Blaine County by KOCO Staff, November Nov 28, 2017 BLAINE COUNTY, Okla. — A person died and another was injured after an explosion Monday afternoon at an oil field … Continue reading

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BC Tap Water Alliance No Longer a Signatory with CCPA Calling for Frac Regulations Under Guise of Calling for Public Inquiry of Frac’ing in BC. Thank you Will Koop, for withdrawing from and saying “NO!” to Synergy Alberta!

BC Tap Water Alliance No Longer a Signatory for Public Inquiry of Fracking in BC Press Release by Will Koop, November 29, 2017, BC Tap Water Alliance When the B.C. Tap Water Alliance (BCTWA) signed on alongside others in early November … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Frac company EQT argues DEP’s ongoing penalties for frac waste water pit leaks are unreasonably excessive, go beyond what law allows

Fracking Company, DEP Spar Over Ongoing Civil Penalties for Pollution, Allowing the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue ongoing penalties against companies for the continued presence of pollutants in state waters would essentially give the agency an unlimited ability to … Continue reading

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Yukon, Oklahoma: Fracking again directly causing earthquakes; Citizen Energy had to shut down, then cut back frac volumes by 50%

Yukon Company Cuts Back Fracking Operations by Dana Hertneky, November 28, 2017, News9 News clip at link YUKON, Oklahoma – Experts say a recent surge in earthquakes in the Yukon area have been clustered around a fracking site. Now the … Continue reading

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England: Mayor Sadiq Khan to ban fracking in London, Warns extracting shale gas represents toxic health risk: There is “absolutely no place for fracking in London.”

Sadiq Khan to tell London councils they should ban fracking, Health dangers and high water use of shale gas extraction make it unacceptable, says mayor’s draft plan for the capital by Michael Savage, 26 November 2017, The Guardian Sadiq Khan will in effect ban … Continue reading

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Prince Edward Island Bans Frac’ing (First Reading Today)!

Long-awaited Water Act tabled in P.E.I. legislature remains silent on deep-water wells by Teresa Wright Teresa, Nov. 23, 2017, The Guardian.pe.ca The province’s long-awaited Water Act has been tabled in the P.E.I. legislature. While it will impose bans on fracking and export … Continue reading

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Are Oil Patch Promises Believable? Neighbors want oil & gas wells removed from Firestone explosion site, Anadarko *promised* it would happen in July. Company likely waiting for the community to forget over Christmas, Resume production without fixing a thing?

Neighbors want oil and gas wells removed from Firestone explosion site, Anadarko *promised* it would happen in July by Jennifer Kovaleski, Oct 6, 2017, The Denver Channel FIRESTONE, Colo. — Six months since the deadly home explosion in Firestone, two oil and gas … Continue reading

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BC’s new NDP Energy Minister Michelle Mungall lies like Alberta’s! Agrees to Review by “Industry Likes It!” Synergy Frac Panel Called for by Ben Parfitt, Council of Canadians, Caleb Behn et al, Complete with Predetermined Outcome – No Moratorium, No Matter What the Frac Panel Concludes!

Mungall’s all in on fracking review, but not moratorium by Vaughn Palmer, November 22, 2017, Vancouver Sun VICTORIA — During a break from answering questions in the legislature about Site C this week, Energy Minister Michelle Mungall faced down a call for … Continue reading

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