The Jessica Ernst Interview Conversation with Dr. Mackenzie Brooks, Interview on October 9, 2015, posted November 2, 2015, Dr. Mackenzie Brooks Your source for continuous development and life-long learning.
Click here to listen and/or download. 48:08 Min.
Jessica Ernst is a 58 year-old Canadian scientist with over 25 years experience working in the petroleum industry and lives rurally near Rosebud, Alberta. Jessica is suing Encana for illegally fracturing and contaminating her community’s fresh water aquifers, and the Alberta government and Energy Regulator for failing “to follow the investigation and enforcement processes that they had established and publicized.” She filed her lawsuit in 2007, and had a January 12, 2016 hearing before the Supreme Court of Canada to appeal her case against the Energy Regulator after Alberta courts granted them legal immunity for violating her constitutional rights, and falsely labeling her a terrorist. If she wins at the Supreme Court, she will be sent back to the same Alberta courts to try again, nine years into her lawsuit. [Nine months later, as of October 13, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada has not yet released its ruling.]
Jessica’s case against Encana and the Alberta government proceeds regardless.
Jessica dedicates this October 9, 2015 interview to Mr. George Bender, Australian farmer, and his loved ones.
For more information:
- Ernst lawsuit
- Andrew Nikiforuk’s Slick Water, published by Greystone Books, available at amazon.ca and in libraries
- Slick Water review by Quill & Quire and DesmogCanada
(Photo: Jessica Ernst visiting Ashdown Forest, home of Winnie the Pooh, after her 2013 UK speaking tour. Photo by Vanessa Vine.)