- Oooo la la! Spain bans frac’ing (awaits approval of the Senate).
Spain Approves Its First Climate Change Law: At Least 74% Renewable Electricity Production By 2030 by The Corner, 19th April 2021
For the first time, Spain has approved a bill to combat climate change and its effects. This document will go to the Senate for approval, so that we would have the first Law on Climate ...
- Private equity is ditching shale. “It is the end of an era in which private equity was often the shale sector’s crucial financier.” A little bit of a last gasp: Oil producers are “dying on the vine.”
US oil drillers ‘dying on the vine’ as PE flight prompts funding drought, Stricken operators launch ‘last gasp’ efforts to boost cash flow and attract buyers by Derek Brower and Justin Jacobs, April 14, 2021, Financial Times
A vital source of funding for the US oil sector is drying up as private investors retreat, prompting stricken ...
- Johnny Gogan’s Frac Film Groundswell (Home is a Sacrifice Zone) released in UK and Ireland. Emma Kiely: “Groundswell is a triumphant, transparent and aesthetically magnificent account of the loving relationship between people and their land, and the fight to protect it from the powerful and the greedy.”
List of UK venues
Groundswell Documentary Facebook Page
Groundswell Review by Emma Kiely, April 12, 2021, The UP Coming
28/06/2017. Legislative ban on fracking. Pictured is Siun Keegan – Murphy aged 7 from Leitrim with supporters outside Leinster House in Dublin today. Love Leitrim welcomed the passing of the legislative ban on fracking as it completed the final ...
- North Dakota: Judge rules ‘pore space’ bill unconstitutional because it took property from landowners, destroyed its value, gave it to corporations: “The taking of pore space from surface owners is clearly and unambiguously for the constitutionally impermissible purpose of economic development to benefit private parties, i.e. the oil and gas industry.” Bill 2344 (2019) responded to Mosser v Denbury (2017). Alberta gov’t stole pore space from landowners in 2010.
In my view, the Alberta gov’t stole the pore space from landowners, notably freeholders (own the mineral rights), also to give it to the oil and gas industry via Bill 24 (2010) and others, to feed the free-for-all of frac fluids, waste, and acid gases (injected for carbon capture/storage/sequestration), trespassing under and above ground and ...
- Happy 39th Birthday Canda’s Tar ‘n Frac’d Charter of Rights!
The very worst impulses of humankind can survive generations, centuries, even millenia.
And the best of our individual efforts can die with us at the end of a single lifetime.
Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian
The truth is that when an individual is fighting against big corporation, the regulator as well as the Supreme Court, became “willfully blind”. ...
- Lorne Fitch: “Open Letter to Investors in Coal: Psst! Wanna buy a coal mine?” Alberta’s Reclamation in the Eastern Slopes: Lipstick on a Decapitated Corpse. biff: “What better name for a minister in charge of rape, pillage and plunder of our natural and needed lands: savage.”
If you want to learn how Alberta Environment protects multinational corporations that violate the Water Act and AEPEA, polluting an entire community’s drinking water supply, read my Statement of Claim, Alberta’s lying Statement of Defence and my response to their lies on my Lawsuit Page. Read more hair raising details in Andrew Nikiforuk’s Slick Water.
- AIMCo’s new CEO: Evan Siddall, lawyer with Irving Oil history! Stealing from pensioners to finance friends of Jason Kenney & Steve Harper, flailing frac’ers, polluting big oil (that investors are fleeing) and Small Nukes for big oil?
Nuclear reactors to steam Alberta’s aquifer-polluting tarsands is not clean or safe. Pretending so will be the ruse to make taxpayers pay, giving more corporate welfare to billion dollar profit-raping companies (while working to destroy public health and education). An unwise greedy idea, that will enable more tarshit shipping (needs toxic condensate), spills and use ...
- Blatant aquifer contamination by industrial chicken corporation, Mountaire, continues unchecked for decades as regulators did little but scratch their corrupt testicles, like AER, Alberta Health, Alberta Environment, Alberta Research Council protecting illegal aquifer frac’er Encana/Ovintiv and other polluters. 7200 sickened plaintiffs to split shamefully shoddy $65 Million settlement.
A poultry plant, years of groundwater contamination and, finally, a court settlement, Residents in Millsboro, Del., sued the local Mountaire facility, which they suspect is linked to their cancers and other serious health problems by Darryl Fears, April 13, 2021, The Washington Post
Even with the stomach cramps, nausea and hurried trips to the bathroom several ...
- Canada: National study led by Halifax researchers on effects of radon gas and arsenic exposure (frac’ing has been linked to radon release into homes and arsenic into resident water wells)
Hydraulic fracturing is the last thing that ought to be happening in Canada because of the release of radon and arsenic alone, never mind the many other health-harming and water contaminating impacts.
Halifax cancer researcher Graham Dellaire studies effects of radon gas and arsenic exposure by Keith Doucette Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Canadian Press, April 14, ...
- Nuclear reactors to steam Alberta’s aquifer-polluting tarsands is not clean or safe. Pretending so will be the ruse to make taxpayers pay, giving more corporate welfare to billion dollar profit-raping companies (while working to destroy public health and education). An unwise greedy idea, that will enable more tarshit shipping (needs toxic condensate), spills and use (risking life on earth).
Jason Kenney needs to apologize to BigFoot Family and Netflix. Pronto!
Jason Kenney/UCP vs BigFoot: Lying big oil pimping $120 Million War Room attacks a cartoon (even though Alberta had planned and plans to nuke bitumen & there are plans to frac with nuclear waste).
More flimflam than usual in yesterday’s four-province news conference touting small nuclear ...
- Is Pieridae going to threaten to SLAPP the Chronicle Herald too, for reporting on *public* information vital to the *public* interest?
Jim Cramer was right. It *is* happening really quickly. World first! New Zealand introduces legislation requiring banks, insurers and investment managers to report effects of climate change on their business. “This law will bring climate risks and resilience into the heart of financial and business decision making.”
Wood MacKenzie: No US LNG export projects expected in ...
- Natural gas industry noise even detrimental to plants, while AER enables industrial noise pollution to cumulatively escalate
Noisy environments can have detrimental effect on plants, study finds, Persistent noise from natural gas wells in New Mexico disrupted birds that feed on and distribute pinyon seeds
As humans proliferate, we have penetrated deeper into wildlife habitats, creating a pervasive rise in environmental sound with our gadgets, traffic and industry. A growing body of research ...
- Jim Cramer was right. It *is* happening really quickly. World first! New Zealand introduces legislation requiring banks, insurers and investment managers to report effects of climate change on their business. “This law will bring climate risks and resilience into the heart of financial and business decision making.”
In world first, New Zealand mulls climate law for financial firms, New Zealand says banks and insurers of a certain size will have to report how they manage climate-related risks by Reuters, April 13, 2021, Al Jazeera
New Zealand has become the first country to introduce legislation that will require banks, insurers and investment managers to ...
- USA: More than 375 elected officials call for: full ban on new federal frac permits and fossil fuel infrastructure; to revoke permits for sites within 2,500 ft (763 m) of homes or schools; to end subsidies for the industry; a nation-wide frac ban by 2025; and “support a just transition to clean energy for workers and communities impacted by fossil fuels.”
In Alberta and other parts of Canada, the oil and gas industry can frac us, install noisy compressors and other polluting infrastructure and dump its toxic waste within 100 m (328 ft) of our homes, schools, care facilities, hospitals, playgrounds, community centre, churches, etc.
In the early frac years in my community, Encana sprayed it’s ...
- Study: Total VOC emissions from natural gas compressors related to higher human mortality rates.
Natural gas pipeline compressor stations: VOC emissions and mortality rates by Michael Hendryx and Juhua Luo, The Extractive Industries and Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, July 2020, Pages 864-869, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2020.04.011
Natural gas pipeline compressor stations are expanding around the country.
Stations emitted >52 million pounds of non-methane VOCs in 2017.
Total VOC emissions were related to higher mortality ...
- Caveman Canada brutalizing women, yet again.
Reminder that the government shut down a probe into sexual misconduct and sexual assault in the military this week. So they could put together a report of recommendations that mirror what the government has been being told since 2015. Before all the witnesses could speak.
The government consistently calls themselves feminists and says that they ...
- NY State Pension Fund (3rd largest public pension in USA) blacklists tarsands companies: Imperial Oil, CNRL, Husky Energy, MEG Energy, Athabasca Oil, Japan Petroleum Expl Ltd. & Cenovus (Encana/Ovintiv spawn) for failing “to show they are transitioning out of oil sands production,” will sell off more than US$7 million in securities in these companies, will not make any further investments in them. Frac’ers to be evaluated next.
New York state pension fund says it’s selling off a $7M stake in oilsands, The third-largest U.S. public pension fund says it’s transitioning to net-zero investments by David Thurton, CBC News, Apr 12, 2021
New York’s multi-billion-dollar government-run pension fund announced today that it’s pulling investments worth more than $7 million out of some of Canada’s major players in ...
- Quebec Environmental Law Centre to aid Environnement Vert Plus and spokesperson, Pascal Bergeron, threatened with legal action by Pieridae Energy Ltd. for having shared *public* information vital to the **public interest** that the company wants kept secret even though it demanded nearly $1Billion from the public. Law centre Director Genevieve Paul: “This is akin to an attempted gag order that clearly aims to intimidate people who are mobilized.”
Non-profit Quebec law centre to aid environmental group targeted by Alberta oil firm by Patrice Bergeron, The Canadian Press Apr 10, 2021, Energetic City
The Quebec Environmental Law Centre is coming to the aid of an environmental group targeted by an Alberta oil company threatening legal action. Pieridae Energy Ltd. issued a letter last month threatening ...
- How “law makers” put polluting corporations above the law.
Energy “regulators” copy deregulation in other jurisdictions. AER is 100% industry-funded and controlled, largely by Encana/Cenovus/Ovintiv. AER’s public interest mandate was removed after my lawsuit went public and the deregulator has no public health mandate.
Republicans Introduce Bill Saying DEP Permit Applicants Are Always Right, Eliminates Public Comments; Add Other Bills To Their Environmental Agenda ...
- Pennsylvania: More deregulation, subsidies and gifts ahead to benefit oil & gas polluters. Kids with cancer, be damned.
Republican Bills Again Seek To Make Road Dumping Of Conventional Drilling Wastewater Legal by PA Environment Digest, April 9, 2021
Senate and House Republicans last week introduced House Bill 1144 (Causer-R- Cameron) and Senate Bill 534 (Hutchinson-R-Venango) which would not only roll back environmental protection standards for conventional oil and gas wells, but would also make ...
- Bully Big Oil, in this case Enbridge, above the law as usual, defying Michigan Governor Whitmer’s order, suing instead even though the company “failed for decades” to heed regulatory requirements, putting more than 700 miles of Great Lakes shoreline at risk if Line 5 spills.
Can a Pipeline Firm Defy a Governor’s Orders? Gretchen Whitmer Is About to Find Out, The ongoing battle between Enbridge Energy and the state of Michigan by Jena Brooker, April 8, 2021, Mother Jones
As governor, Gretchen Whitmer vowed to provide clean and affordable drinking water for the Great Lakes state of Michigan. Last year, she ...
- Murray Klippenstein reportedly chased rich white COVID-denying law-violating Adam Skelly after abruptly quitting me and my public interest lawsuit. Are lawyers allowed to dump paying clients to chase others while lying and harming cases of clients dumped?
In 2018, my then lead lawyer Murray Klippenstein abruptly quit my lawsuit, blaming me for not having faith in the legal system even though he advised me in 2007 when he took on my case it would cost me more than a million dollars in legal and associated costs with me likely never seeing justice. ...
- New Mexico Navajo Nation’s “fracking tsunami.” In USA, Enbridge pays police to harass Indigenous women; In Canada, public-funded police (and courts) harass women for oil and gas companies for free. Researchers increasingly believe exposure to trichloroethylene (used in frac’ing) is a cause of Parkinson’s Disease (fastest-growing neurological disorder in the world)
2020: How Militarizing Police Sets up Protesters as ‘the Enemy,’ A scholar and former officer traces the trend. It’s been building in Canada and the US for years by Tom Nolan (visiting associate professor of sociology at Emmanuel College Boston)
The increasing militarization of police is happening in Canada, too. Photo of heavily armed RCMP in ...
- Fossil fuel companies are job killers (and contaminate families, health, security, food, water, air, land, food and communities)
Fossil Fuel Companies Are Job Killers, New analysis shows the number of workers required per project will soon fall by 20 to 30 percent, even without a transition to renewables by Kate Aronoff, April 5, 2021, The New Republic
… A recent analysis from the Norwegian research firm Rystad Energy, published last week, finds that “robotic ...
- Canada takes 9 years to fine Teck for contaminating waterways. Will Teck Pay? Given Teck’s history, unlikely. Is this just another pretend to regulate to make Albertans stop protesting coal mining in the Eastern Slopes? Lars Sander-Green: “What Teck and other mining companies have learned is not to worry about Environment Canada”
Failure to pay: $1.3B in fines dating back decades owed to provinces and territories, Hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for provincial offences go uncollected, sometimes for decades by Aaron Saltzman, Matthew Pierce, Albert Leung, CBC News, Mar 11, 2021
Mining giant’s historic penalty prompts environmentalists to call for stricter coal-mining rules by Mike Hager ...
- “Ring around the Rosie” Catch 22: AER & Alberta Environment ping pong game benefits corporations and the rich. Energy Minister Sonia Savage: “No, that water is under the Alberta Environment and Park’s responsibility and the Alberta Energy Regulator makes decisions regarding coal projects and water was not going to be part of the coal policy review.”
Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit: there must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect.
– Frank Wilhoit
Think Alberta regulators and politicians will protect drinking water for millions from Australian coal miners? Alberta Environment was the official regulator of water ...
- Bravo! A bright light in Caveman Canada’s racist legal industry. Legal scholar Joshua Sealy-Harrington to teach at Ryerson ULaw: “The law is a powerful mediator and site of white supremacy and colonialism.”
I think Mr. Sealy-Harrington’s teaching and writing will undo some of the racist horrors and set backs caused by the Law Society of Ontario killing their Statement of Principals.
Joshua Sealy-Harrington@JoshuaSealy April 3, 2021:
Overjoyed to announce that I will be joining @RyersonULaw as an Assistant Professor this summer, where I will continue to write, teach, and ...
- US oil & gas companies took over $8 Billion in tax breaks then laid off thousands; In Canada too, especially Ovintiv/Cenovus/Encana
“Kenney the job killer.” Lyin’ thugs Steve Harper, Jason Kenney & Ralph Klein, etc. etc. etc., decimatin’ jobs, pensions, regulations, health & education to give $Billions to $Billion-profiting oil & gas companies (mostly foreign-owned), while hangin’ Canadians with pollution, infrastructure devastation, clean-up & health harms.
Analyzing Alberta’s “gooey delusion of perpetual oil revenue.” Robyn Allen: Globe ...
- Wood MacKenzie: No US LNG export projects expected in 2021, making it second year in a row facilities don’t get built as sponsors struggle to secure long-term contracts, Some projects may die
No U.S. LNG Export FIDs Predicted in 2021, Says Wood Mackenzie by Caroline Evans, March 31, 2021, Natural Gas Intelligence
No U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects are expected to be sanctioned this year, marking the second year in a row developers may postpone moving ahead with facilities, according to Wood Mackenzie.
Consultants during a webcast last ...
- Biden administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure spending package could kill US coal and gas: In part by cutting “billions of dollars in subsidies, loopholes, and special foreign tax credits for the fossil fuel industry.”
Biden’s big infrastructure bill could doom the US coal and gas energy sector by Tim McDonnell, March 31, 2021, Quartz
The White House released details of the Biden administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure spending package on Mar. 31. The package is focused on climate change, and could be the single most important piece of climate-related legislation considering during ...
- Eagle Ford: Ovintiv/Encana sells leases for less than one-third of $3.1 billion it paid for them in 2014
Shale Driller Sells Leases for Third of What It Paid in 2014 by David Wethe, March 24, 2021, Bloomberg Markets
Ovintiv Inc., the shale oil producer recently pressed by an activist investor to cut its debt load, agreed to sell drilling rights in South Texas to Validus Energy for $880 million.
The price tag is less than ...
- Plainsmen Energy Inc v. Ovintiv Mid-Continent Inc: Suit alleges frac’ing by Ovintiv/Encana decreased oil production and flooding of frac fluids damaged property.
Where did Ovintiv Mid-Continent Inc come from?
Cory v. Newfield Expl. Mid-Con, Inc. Opinion, April 12,2020
… Newfield Exploration Company merged with a wholly owned subsidiary of Encana Corporation, which is based in Canada. … After removal, Encana Corporation was reorganized. … The result was that Newfield Exploration Mid-Continent Inc. became known as Ovintiv Mid-Continent Inc. and ...
- “Good hygiene is essential to preventing the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.” For that, one needs safe water which in my community, Encana/Ovintiv illegally frac’d, enabled by AER and Alberta gov’t. 17 years later, I remain living without safe water.
Ban on US water shutoffs could have prevented thousands of Covid deaths – study, Researchers say half a million infections might have been stopped if more states had suspended disconnections during pandemic by Nina Lakhani, 26 Mar 2021, The Guardian
A national moratorium on water shutoffs could have prevented almost half a million Covid infections and ...
- Prof Rebecca Harrington on frac quakes in western Canada: “The earthquakes do originate from industrial activities.” Research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) and McGill University (Canada) investigating when frac’ing shakes the earth
What happens underground during hydraulic fracturing by Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum, March 30, 2021, Phys.org
A research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and McGill University in Montreal is investigating what exactly happens underground when the earth in western Canada shakes as a result of hydraulic fracturing activities. The team, headed by Bochum-based Professor Rebecca Harrington, wants to fundamentally understand ...
- Jason Kenney/UCP vs BigFoot: Lying big oil pimping $120 Million War Room attacks a cartoon (even though Alberta had planned and plans to nuke bitumen & there are plans to frac with nuclear waste).
Malcolm Mayes cartoon, Edmonton Journal, March 30, 2021
Stupidly and expensively spun for us via the liars at UCP’s $30 million a year War Room that propagandizes for billion dollar profit-raping oil and gas companies (mostly foreign-owned), name later changed to Canadian Energy Centre (to make it sound less stupid and more official, like the federal ...
- War Room #2 start-up under Alberta Environment? What will they call it? The Canadian Environment Centre? Netflix must be thrilled.
First, watch and listen (make sure sound is on, and volume up), 1:13 Min.
Halfvaxxed Albertan.@Govman01 Mar 12 Replying to @vote4robgill and @jkenney
Oh My God I think I just laughed up a kidney.
Subsequent tweet (sputter sputter, too much laughter in this wild windy blizzard):
Observers question new Alberta environment, social, governance job posting, New provincial job ...
- Wall Street tepid for frac’er Vine Energy Inc., carrying $1.22 billion in debt, led by past Encana execs. In 2020, Vine reported unadjusted $252.2 million in losses; refinancing unsecured notes due 2023 could prove challenging.
Pure-play shale gas driller Vine gets chilly reception on Wall Street by Bill Holland, March 18, 2021, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Haynesville shale gas producer Vine Energy Inc. tested the market’s waters in the first oil and gas IPO in years and found the temperature tepid.
Vine, led by former Encana executives and backed by investment ...
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court gives gas industry big victory, Rules in favour of frac royalty cheaters (Anadarko, Chesapeake), Kills Attorney General’s anti-trust lawsuit. Jackie Root: “It just seems like ruling after ruling is coming down in favor of the oil and gas companies, handing them all the cards and all the money.”
Pa. Supreme Court ruling erodes Marcellus Shale royalty cheating case by Laura Legere, March 26, 2021, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the attorney general cannot use the state’s consumer protection law to make claims on behalf of landowners with natural gas drilling leases, dealing a blow to the state’s remaining case alleging ...
- New York Senate Passes Hoylman Bill to Ban the Use of Fracking Byproducts as Highway De-Icing Agents
“What will they do with all the frac waste?” people asked Ernst on her speaking tours.”They will make us eat and drink it,” Ernst replied. (And later we find out: drive, walk, run, bike on it)
NY Senate Passes Hoylman Bill to Ban the Use of Fracking Byproducts as Highway De-Icing Agents by Brad Hoylman, March ...
- “When does no mean no?” (To a rapist, never.) Lethbridge & Calgary said “NO!” to frac’ing; Albertans say “NO!” to mining of the Easter Slopes. Go home Ozzie coal. NO means NO!
The Power of NO! Huge VICTORY by the people, businesses, community and City of Lethbridge: Goldenkey withdraws from Penny Project
All courageously and firmly said “NO!” to frac’ing in the City of Lethbridge
The Power of “No” Review of presentation by Jessica Ernst in Lethbridge, Alberta
Alberta Energy Consultation: KEEP OUT! Lethbridge Community and Groups Excluded from Urban ...
- Canada: Access to (In)justice is excellent and incredibly expensive. Joshua Sealy-Harrington: “The next time someone asks you about access to justice, ask them what they mean by justice.”
Hryniak v. Mauldin, 2014 SCC 7
Access to (In)justice: A critical race reflection by Joshua Sealy-Harrington, March 24, 2021, The Lawyer’s Daily
It is a privilege to be invited by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin to write the second guest column in her The Lawyer’s Daily series on access to justice. In the first guest column (by ...
- “Bad Corporate Citizen” Pieridae, after demanding nearly $1Billion of public’s money (during a pandemic no less) while promoting dubious Goldboro LNG in Nova Scotia, now threatens legal action to silence concerned citizens. Bradley Toms: “If there’s one way to show you’ve got bad intentions it’s threatening a SLAPP lawsuit against people who are just repeating things that you’ve said.”
Dear Mr. Alfred Sorenson:
If LNG and carbon capture were economical and clean, no oil and gas company would need the public’s money. Keep your grubby greedy mitts off our money and pensions, and stuff your zombie project into the cancel box if it’s unable to lure investors.
Sincerely, Jessica Ernst
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and ...
- How many companies, regulators, police, lawyers and judges enable harm to women and bully and harm women directly?
A tiny sampling of men in positions of power since I began speaking out about frac harms:
Gwyn Morgan was CEO of Encana (now Ovintiv) and led the company to rape Rosebud’s fresh water aquifers that supply my community and me with drinking water. His abuses to us were well rewarded:
Jim Reid, manager at AER (then ...
- The big picture of violence against women
Sarah Boesveld@sarahboesveld March 24, 2021:
A woman in Kitchener, Ont gets fined for sharing documents with trusted friends & family about her own court case; a teenager in Britain fined for reporting her stalker to police five times before being murdered by said stalker.
2021 03 22: Teenager was fined for reporting stalker to police five times ...
- Frac fluids and those injected for enhanced oil recovery (including under guise of carbon capture) and gas storage don’t stay put either.
Why Frack Wastewater Injected Underground Doesn’t Always Stay There by Julie Grant, March 19, 2021, The Allegheny Front
Salty wastewater produced by fracking for oil and gas has to go somewhere. Often, it’s injected into disposal wells deep underground. But sometimes that wastewater can find its way back to the surface and cause environmental problems.
How? We ...
- Brilliant comment by kootzie to coal propaganda in BOE Report: “Tainted apologism for unrestrained assaults on Alberta by a hired petro-stooge who will write anything to carve off a chunk of the project management pie.”
kootzie on March 19, 2021:
Tainted apologism for unrestrained assaults on Alberta by a hired petro-stooge who will write anything to carve off a chunk of the project management pie.
I challenge you to fabricate some disingenuous dishonest rationalizations for the conduct of the YouSeePee in their secret collaboration with foreign agents to assault the eastern slopes ...
- Big Tobacco had to pay $206B. Is Big Oil next? Trade associations like American Petroleum Institute are “really just engines of deception.” Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers too.
If “justice” is this dirty in America relating to harms to the public done by the oil and gas industry, how dirty is it in Canada?
Whose idea/instruction was it for Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella to defame Ernst in the court’s ruling in Ernst vs AER? AER’s outside lawyer Glenn Solomon and ...
- Only In Alberta: Vulgar corporate welfare and selective non regulation for oil and gas companies, many foreign owned. $245 Million in municipal taxes unpaid by oil and gas companies
Energy companies that owe property taxes should not get new licences: Red Deer County mayor, $245 million in outstanding taxes owed to Alberta municipalities by Paul Cowley, Mar. 16, 2021, Red Deer Advocate
The Alberta Energy Regulator should refuse to give new licences to energy industry companies that are not paying their property taxes, says Red ...
- More Oil & Gas Industry Pollution Health Harm Cover-up. Kert Davies: “We’ve seen the oil and gas industry’s disinformation campaign come full circle with the renewed attacks on research that tells us what we’ve known for decades – air pollution kills”
How does the oil and gas industry get away with harming so many of us for decades? Synergy; money (companies offer to take over studies/investigations and finance them); corrupting/controlling academia and “experts;” regulators deregulating while promising better regulation; and their ultimate tool of abuse: gag orders – enabled by lawyers and judges to silence the ...
- Cenovus (Encana/Ovintiv spawn): Taking COVID relief to keep workers working, greedily and cruelly laying off thousands instead.
So to recap… Alberta lost a corporate head office, a major O&G employer cut ~1000 jobs and they’re letting the pastor out who broke the law multiple times & are withdrawing charges & all @jkenney wants to talk about is an animated film? Wonder why.
Latest round of layoffs arrives at Calgary-based Cenovus following purchase ...
- Self regulation in Bloomfield, New Mexico: Harvest Midstream gets to “discuss” resolution, $187,400 penalty reduced to $92,500 for contaminating water with natural gas and not reporting it.
AER fined Encana/Ovintiv $0 for intentionally, illegally frac’ing Rosebud, Alberta drinking water aquifers, contaminating them with gas and more, and keeping it secret. No fine, not even after the community water tower exploded, seriously injuring and hospitalizing the water manager.
EMNRD’s Oil Conservation Division Issues Civil Penalty To Harvest Midstream Co. For Failing To Report Major ...
- Oil patch hot potato: Walk from billions in clean up costs. “It’s the public who loses.” Frac’ers, including Encana/Ovintiv, working to reduce debt and keep investors from fleeing.
Oil and Gas Firms Are Saddling States with Billions in Cleanup Costs, “It’s like a game of hot potato.” by Nick Bowlin The problem is much worse in Alberta, thanks to law violating, no duty of care, corporate crime enabler, AER.
This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate ...
- Yukon Territorial election called; wiping out the frac moratorium
WILL THERE BE FRACKING IN THE YUKON? by Donald J. Roberts, March 2021 Newsletter, Yukoners Concerned
Please be aware that the 2021 Yukon Territorial election has been called and that means the“NO FRACKING” MORITORIUM IS CANCELLED.
Chance Oil and Gas Limited (formerly Northern Cross (Yukon) Limited) has applied to YESAB to perform maintenance and extended flow testing ...
- New drilling moratorium needed
- Bravo! Alberta Teachers’ Association file lawsuit against UCP to try protect teachers’ $19.3 Billion retirement fund (about 84,000 members) from sleazy, mega money losing, frac fingers AIMCo
ATA Files Legal Challenge on Pensions Press Release by Alberta Teachers Association, March 12, 2021
A ministerial order on teacher pension management is unreasonable and should be declared invalid by the courts, argues a legal application submitted for filing by the Alberta Teachers’ Association this week.
Documents submitted with the Court of Queen’s Bench on March 10 ...
- Entire PA Senate Republican Caucus files lawsuit to overturn Delaware River Basin Commission frac ban
16 Members Of PA Senate Democratic Caucus Filed Motion To Intervene In PA Senate Republican Caucus Legal Challenge To Delaware River Basin Commission Natural Gas Fracking Ban by David E. Hess, March 12, 2021, PA Environment Digest Blog
On March 12, a group of 16 PA Senate Democratic Caucus members filed a motion to intervene in ...
- Ohio: U.S. District Judge Michael Watson blocks new oil & gas leasing & frac’ing in Wayne National Forest, prohibits new surface disturbances on existing leases, and prohibits water withdrawals from Little Muskingum River for already approved drilling, saying the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management had “demonstrated a disregard for the different types of impacts caused by fracking in the Forest. The agencies made decisions premised on a faulty foundation.”
Federal judge blocks new fracking in Wayne National Forest by The Lawrence Herald, March 12, 2021
COLUMBUS — A federal judge on Monday blocked new oil and gas leasing and fracking in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest, according to a news release from the Center for Biological Diversity.
Part of the forest lies in Lawrence County, home to ...
- “Toxic masculinity” in the patch: All frac’d up in North Dakota: New book, The Good Hand, by Michael Patrick F. Smith
All fracked up: A debut memoir wrestles with toxic masculinity in the oil fields, Michael Patrick F. Smith’s ‘The Good Hand’ offers sharp observations on North Dakota’s extraction industry by Jason Christian, Feb. 17, 2021, High Country News
Courtesy Penguin Randomhouse The Good HandMichael Patrick F. Smith464 pages, hardcover: $29Viking, 2021
During the Great Recession, one rare ...
- Yet another dirty judge? Farley Toothman, who let serial oilfield wastewater dumper Robert Allan Shipman walk (98 criminal counts charged against Shipman and 77 charges against his company across six counties from 2003 to 2009), claims health issues could impede him from testifying at his misconduct trial.
Toothman claims ‘health issues’ could impede him from testifying at misconduct trial by Mike Jones, March 11, 2021, Observer-Reporter
Former Greene County judge Farley Toothman is shown in his chambers in this file photo by Mike Jones
WAYNESBURG – Former Greene County judge Farley Toothman’s “ongoing health issues” may not permit him to testify at his own ...
- Poor baby Shell, threatening to run away because of Nigeria harm lawsuits, just like pouting Encana/Ovintiv when any authority dares mention regulating polluters or raising royalties/permit fees to pay for cleanup that companies refuse to do.
Nigeria’s Lawsuits Against Shell Could Cause Oil Major Exodus by Viktor Katona, Mar 10, 2021, Oil Price
Judging from recent headlines, Nigeria has unleashed one of the most spectacular legal attacks on one of its key oil and gas investors, to an extent previously unseen in the country’s more than 60 years of hydrocarbon production. Shell ...
- But, but, they promised frac’ing us would make everyone rich! 1,000 gas wells later, Greene Co PA going broke. Will a judge give it $Billions in magic money as given to frac’ers? I doubt it.
Judge lets Chesapeake escape bankruptcy, sets free $7 Billion in debt, gives “big payday” to some, says to CEO Robert Lawler: “To remember that a lot of people have suffered a lot of pain for Chesapeake to have a second chance….”
Economy: A Pennsylvania county went from bust to boom times with natural gas. Now, it’s ...
- Loving, incredible, powerful, beautiful obit for David Schindler, filled with love, science, wonder and water, by Andrew Nikiforuk in The Tyee, of course.
Condolences to Dr. Schindler’s loved ones.
Comment in from USA:
David Schindler, the Scientific Giant Who Defended Fresh Water, Among the world’s greatest ecologists, his boreal research has touched all of our lives by Andrew Nikiforuk, March 9, 2021, TheTyee.ca Too magnificent an article with stunning visuals, to copy here. Read at The Tyee.
From the ...
- And, the winner is … drum roll … Chesapeake (and the new ombudsperson). Attorney General Josh Shapiro settles with shyster frac company for $5.3 Million for royalty restitution for PA landowners. Who pays for the $7 Billion in magic money given to Chesapeake by the bankruptcy judge?
AG Shapiro, Chesapeake Energy Reach Settlement Amid Bankruptcy Press Release by Office of the Attorney General Josh Shapiro, March 8, 2021
Shapiro Ensures Protections for Landowners Moving Forward
TUNKHANNOCK, PA—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General has reached a settlement agreement with Chesapeake Energy (Chesapeake), who filed for bankruptcy in June ...
- Investors v. Frac’ers: Two lawsuits filed, one against Apache Corp, one against Range Resources for making shit up (like Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella, AER, Alberta gov’t, and Encana/Ovintiv). Do frac’ers ever tell the truth?
TXsharon@TXsharon to Justin Mikulka March 9, 2021:
Put the executives in the slammer.
If oil companies promise investors they can produce oil that isn’t really there, should they be held responsible? What if there is evidence from employees saying the oil wasn’t there and yet the execs still said it was? Should these frauds be prosecuted?
- Is Noise Pollution the Next Big Public-Health Crisis? Research shows that loud noise can have significant impact on human health and devastate ecosystems. “The first thing that has to happen is love.”
Sounds of Silence: The Extinction Crisis Is Taking Away the Earth’s Music by Tara Lohan, The Revelator, Mar. 01, 2021, Ecowatch
What does a biodiversity crisis sound like? You may need to strain your ears to hear it.
In the past 50 years, America’s bird populations have fallen by a third, and worldwide the average mammal population ...
- Does frac’ing kill kids?
When the Kids Started Getting Sick, After pressure from families, Pennsylvania has launched studies into whether fracking can be linked to local illnesses by Eliza Griswold, March 2, 2021, The New Yorker
The home of Janice and Kurt Blanock, in Cecil, Pennsylvania. Their son, Luke, died of Ewing’s sarcoma in 2016. Photographs by Hannah Yoon for ...
- Environmental and public health groups ask Pennsylvania Dept. of Health to expand scope of studies on frac health harms to include facilities that handle waste (often radioactive).
Groups want fracking waste included in health study, U. of Pittsburgh researchers slated to conduct 3-year study by Reid Frazier, March 5, 2021, State Impact
Environmental and public health advocates want the Pennsylvania Department of Health to expand the scope of a pair of studies on fracking and health effects.
The studies are looking into whether fracking ...
- Monitoring methane emissions from gas pipelines using satellite data from Copernicus Sentinel missions
Monitoring methane emissions from gas pipelines by The European Space Agency, March 4, 2021
For the first time, scientists, using satellite data from the Copernicus Sentinel missions, are now able to detect individual methane plumes leaking from natural gas pipelines around the globe.
Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases, second only to carbon dioxide ...
- Take your environment and community raping Rosebud racetrack and stuff it you know where: Calgary.
Over 1,700 comments to the CBC article, many opposed and horrified.
The racetrack project is about 4 km from Rosebud. The noise will be horrific, amplified by the steep coulee walls. Encana/Ovintiv illegally frac’d Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers in 2004, enabled by authorities. I read the original EIA for this racetrack, years ago. In it, ...
- Australia: Victorian State Gov’t follows though on commitment, enshrines frac ban in Constitution, safeguards regions from threat of practices not trusted or supported by community.
Protecting farming and tourism from fracking forever Press Release by Victoria Govt, March 5, 2021, Mirage News
The Victorian Government has followed through on its commitment to enshrine the fracking ban in Victoria’s Constitution.
The Fracking Ban Bill has this week passed through the Upper House and Victoria’s Constitution will now be amended, safeguarding our regions ...
- Bravo! Congratulations and thank you Dr. John O’Connor, winner of 2021 Peter Bryce Prize for Whistleblowing
2021 Peter Bryce Prize for Whistleblowing 40 Min. Podcast, March 3, 2021
Announcement & Presentation of Inaugural Award
2021 Winner: Dr. John O’Connor
Join in the announcement and presentation of the inaugural award of the Peter Bryce Prize given annually to honour individuals who serve the greater good by courageously speaking up about wrongdoing and abuses of public trust.
- Frac’d to Hell NEBC, Rose Prairie: Explosive gas levels in *water* well kill $1.3 Million “potable” water station day before it was to open to the public. Taking bets: Will nature be blamed or frac’ers?
Rose Prairie is 31 km north of Fort St John
The gas-contaminated water well for the Rose Prairie potable water station, with two energy wells south of it:
Information on the two energy wells south of the contaminated water well:
STRATHCONA RESOURCES LTD.
STRATHCONA RESOURCES LTD.
2014 08 01: Leaking energy wells in NEBC, ...
- New silica sand extraction invasion of aquifers by CanWhite Sands Inc. and enabling authorities in Manitoba, Canada; Citizen water supplies already reported to be adversely affected.
CanWhite Sands Inc. reportedly claims their extraction project in Manitoba is to obtain silica sand primarily for solar panels, glass and other non frac uses. I do not believe it; I expect they are after sand for frac’ing and are claiming green uses to get rid of aquifer contamination and land subsidence concerns by the ...
- New paper affirms unprecedented slowdown of the Gulf Stream System (aka Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, AMOC)
Current Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation weakest in last millennium by L. Caesar, G. D. McCarthy, D. J. R. Thornalley, N. Cahill and S. Rahmstorf, Feb 25, 2021, Nature Geoscience The paper is a tart succinct read.
The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC)— one of Earth’s major ocean circulation systems—redistributes heat on our planet and has a ...
- Wisconsin Frac Sand Mining Harms Lawsuit: Cooks Valley couple files lawsuit against EOG Resources and Kraemer Mining & Materials for property and groundwater pollution, damages to home, radon gas, health and property value harms
“Frac Sand Mines, Processing Plants, and Rail-load-outs can be found in abundance in NW Wisconsin. Many people, young and old alike, have had their lives impacted upon by health, safety, economic concerns and an abundance of other issues surrounding this industry since it first came into Wisconsin and particularly into Chippewa Co. about 2008 when ...
- Update: Mountains Not Mines mugs are back in stock! (I was sent my very own mug and chocolates.)
Mountains Not Mines and Fuck You Kenney mugs have been restocked!
This time, $12 from each mug will be donated to the No Coal Mines on Niitsitapi Land GoFundMe.
As of March 2, 2021: $11,345 raised of $20,000 goal
Latasha Calf Robe is organizing this fundraiser. The headwaters of Naapihtaa (the Oldman River) are under threat due ...
- New Investigation: Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking: Families in western Pennsylvania exposed to harmful chemicals; regulations failing to protect mental, physical, social health. In Alberta, doctors will not investigate if we are poisoned by oil/gas/frac’ing; will not take a blood test without politician permission
Have you been impacted by fracking? We want to hear from you. Fill out our fracking impact survey and we’ll be in touch.
Excellent photos, video and links to all parts (with many more visuals) at link:
EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities’ ...
- Free screening Feb 28 & Mar 1, 2021: Invisible Hand, award-winning documentary, seven years in the making. “It’s about the water. It’s always been about the water.” Quebec’s Magpie River becomes first in Canada to be granted legal personhood
“The corporate goal is to make sure democracy doesn’t exist.”
As you watch this documentary, remember: Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is 100% corporate-funded, owes Albertans no duty of care, is legally immune, has no public health or public interest mandate, and our courts – including the Supreme Court of Canada – used my lawsuit and frac’d ...
- How big a player is the oil and gas patch in sex trafficking?
Pipeline workers among those arrested in sex trafficking sting, The two men have been fired, and Enbridge said it has “zero tolerance for illegal and exploitive behavior.” by Brooks Johnson, Feb 24, 2021, Star Tribune
DULUTH – Two pipeline workers were among those arrested in a human trafficking sting in Itasca County last week, stoking ...
- Exxon erased nearly every drop of Canadian tarsands from its books
Exxon takes Canadian oil sands off its books in historic reserves revision by Kevin Crowley, Feb 25, 2021, World Oil
HOUSTON (Bloomberg) –Exxon Mobil erased almost every drop of oil-sands crude from its books in a sweeping revision of worldwide reserves to depths never before seen in the company’s modern history.
Exxon counted the equivalent of 15.2 ...
- Petromasculinity: Diamond Offshore Drilling got $9.7 million tax bailout, filed for bankruptcy protection, paid $9.7 million in executive bonuses, laid off nearly a quarter of its workforce. Seadrill Limited got $3 million bailout, did nothing to stem layoffs or bankruptcy. Superior Energy Services announced $115 million in payroll cuts, layoffs, furloughs; got $30.5 million tax bailout, paid $44 million to top execs, filed for bankruptcy
Oil Driller Took $9.7 Million Bailout, Declared Bankruptcy, Gave Execs $9.7 Million, Laid Off Staff by ClimateDenierRoundup Community, February 25, 2021, DAILY KOS
We and others have talked about Cara Daggett’s concept of petromasculinity a lot since she coined the term in 2018 to describe the way that the fossil fuel industry has been imbued ...
- Holy Frac Ban! Delaware River Basin Commission, water regulator, votes to permanently ban drilling and frac’ing in Delaware River watershed. All four basin states (PA, NJ, DE, NY) voted for the ban, citing scientific evidence that frac’ing has polluted drinking water, surface water, and groundwater. Delaware Gov. John Carney: “As DRBC chair, I welcome this opportunity to provide the fullest protection to the more than 13 million people who rely upon the Delaware River Basin’s waters for their drinking water”
Frac bans on a roll!
Delaware River Basin Commission Bans Hydraulic Fracking Drilling Activities In Watershed; Will Develop Regs To Manage Drilling Wastewater by David E. Hess, Feb 25, 2021, PA Environmental Digest
On February 25, the Delaware River Basin Commission voted to ban hydraulic fracking drilling activities in the Delaware River Watershed.
Delaware, New Jersey, New York ...
- New study: Unconventional oil/gas development has larger impact on ambient particle radioactivity (PR) level compared to conventional; Widespread upwind unconventional/frac activities could significantly elevate PR level in downwind communities and induce adverse health effects to residents.
Unconventional oil and gas development andambient particle radioactivity by Longxiang Li, Annelise J. Blomberg, John D. Spengler, Brent A. Coull, Joel D. Schwartz & Petros Koutrakis, 2020 11:5002, Nature Communications
Unconventional oil and natural gas development (UOGD) expanded extensively in the United States from the early 2000s. However, the influence of UOGD on the radioactivity of ...
- Water quality and quantity regulator (Delaware River Basin Commission) to make final decision Feb 25 on permanent drill & frac ban in Delaware River watershed.
Agency to take action on fracking ban near Delaware River by Associated Press, Feb 18, 2021
WEST TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A regulatory agency that’s responsible for the water supply for more than 13 million people is poised to take final action on a permanent ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River ...
- New study: Songbirds’ reproductive success reduced by natural gas compressor noise.
Encana/Ovintiv’s noisy invasive polluting compressors (13 around Rosebud) have violated my legal right to quiet enjoyment of my home and land going on 18 years now. Because the company doesn’t give a shit about its neighbours or the health harms and legal rights violations it causes, Encana/Ovintiv installed two of its closest compressors without the ...
- Excellent letter by Darrell Trenholm on Alberta’s UCP.
UCP: A party that is suspicious, secretive and paranoid by Darrell Trenholm, Feb 3, 2021, East Central Alberta Review
The United Conservative party came to power in Alberta with a promise of sound financial management, accountability, openness, social and environmental responsibility, standing up to Ottawa, and of course, they needed to purge the dreaded socialists ...
- California SB 467 “End Fracking & Harmful Drilling Act” proposes to ban all new frac’ing and other risky techniques like cyclic steaming, acid fracs, and water and steam flooding by Jan 2022 and completely by 2027. How many companies will sue to try to kill the ban and what will Trump’s judges do?
California lawmakers propose ban on fracking by 2027 by Adam Beam, Feb 17, 2021, North Shore News
New legislation would ban all fracking in California by 2027, taking aim at the powerful oil and gas industry in the state already planning to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035.
Progressive California has long been a ...
- UK’s frac ban like Quebec’s and Germany’s? Twisted by definition?
Fracking moratorium doesn’t cover proppant squeeze – minister by Ruth Hayhurst, February 18, 2021, Drill or Drop
The energy minister has confirmed that a small-scale form of fracking, planned for a site in Lincolnshire, is not covered by the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.
In a written parliamentary answer, Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the moratorium, imposed in England on ...
- New Mexico might ban frac’ing, study its harms. Industry loses it.
‘Fracking ban’ bill passes New Mexico Senate committee, slammed by oil and gas industry by Adrian Hedden, Feb 16, 2021, Carlsbad Current-Argus
A New Mexico Senate bill that would place a four-year moratorium on new permits for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, passed its first committee Feb. 13 and is now closer to becoming law.
Senate Bill ...
- Study: Birth defects **significantly** more common in areas of strip mining/open pit/mountaintop coal mining; Health effects of related air and water contamination appear cumulative. Never forget: Courts ruled in Ernst vs AER that it is legally immune, owes no duty of care and is above Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. AER has no public health mandate and the Alberta gov’t removed its public interest mandate after the Ernst lawsuit went public. There is no authority to protect Albertans, our health, our rights and drinking water, and the feds have gone AWOL.
Comment by a rural Albertan:
That should give the Albertans that are opposing open pit coal a realistic view of AER policy and how the Supreme Court of Canada defends that policy.
The Effects of Coal Mining on Health in Appalachia: Global Context and Social Justice Implications by Adrienne Schmidt, University of Richmond, 2014
The purpose of ...
- Texas: “No, it wasn’t the windmills.” How much does the fossil fuel industry pay politicians (and regulators) to lie? How much does it pay politicians to appoint dirty judges to the bench, then pay those judges to lie, grant favourable rulings and gag the harmed?
David Weir@djweir Feb 17, 2021:
So… Katrina: God’s punishment
CA wildfires: God’s punishment
How Much the Oil and Gas Industry Paid Texas Republicans Who Are Lying About Wind Energy by Molly Taft, Feb 17, 2021, Earther
As the crisis of rolling blackouts in Texas unfolds this week, some of the state’s loudest Republican politicians are falsely dragging ...
- Feb 25, 2021, 7 – 8:30 pm: Expert panel on infectious lung disease and air pollution (especially important for those living/working in/near Alberta’s toxic tarsands, coal mining and or in frac zones)
The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (EHP) will host a virtual expert panel on infectious lung disease and air pollution. The event, funded by the Network of the National Library of Medicine, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. It is free to attend and open to all.
REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE ...
- Happy V Day 2021: One billion rising: “We are asking for justice!” “No more rape or incest or abuse. Women are not a possession.”
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against all women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence), girls and the planet. V-Day believes that when art and activism come together, they have the power to transform systems and change culture. Founded by V (formerly Eve ...
- New study: Drone technology locates unplugged oil and gas wells
You can request the full study here: Successful application of drone-based aeromagnetic surveys to locate legacy oil and gas wells in Cattaraugus county, New York by Timothy de Smet, Alex Nikulin, Natalia Romanzo, Nathan Graber, Charles Dietrich and Andrii Puliaiev, December 2020, Journal of Applied Geophysics, DOI: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2020.104250
From the air: Drone technology locates unplugged oil ...
- UK: Supreme Court rules Nigerians can bring claims against Shell in UK for severe pollution, incuding to their drinking water
Nigerians can bring claims against Shell in UK, supreme court rules, Ogale and Bille villagers say Shell oil operations have caused severe pollution including to their drinking water by Sandra Laville and Emmanuel Akinwotu in Lagos, Feb 12, 2021, The Guardian
A woman walks past a sign on polluted land in the Ogale community warning of ...
- “Nothing says diversity like eight white guys sitting round a table.” So many racist misogynistic Canadian old white men in positions of power enabling rape of women, children, communities, drinking water and our environment.
2019: Canada to pay nearly C$1bn to sexual misconduct victims in military, Government set aside funds for Canadian Armed Forces members but doesn’t admit liability following class-action lawsuits Again, none of the perps will pay for their crimes, only Canadian taxpayers pay.
Canada military trumpets diversity … with picture of eight white men, The new chief ...
- New study: Frac’ing is a Big Fat Fail; Appalachia’s frac boom failed to deliver on promises of local jobs and benefits. Of course it did, frac’ers and their enablers knew it would; frac’ing survives on conning investors, massive debt and gagging the harmed. Locals get: health harms; toxic homes, schools, water, air and land; frac’d authorities and courts; massive stress and sleepless noisy stadium light-filled nights; damaged roads and other infrastructure; more women and children raped; more STDs; lies and useless commitments from companies and lobby groups; fraud from experts and regulators; mega $Billions in clean-up.
This study reveals a frac industry nightmare that companies, politicians and regulators have worked for years (decades in Alberta) to keep secret.
Appalachia’s fracking boom has done little for local economies: Study, “There has been no business case for fracking.” by Kristina Marusic, Feb 10, 2021, Environmental Health News
Appalachia’s fracking boom has failed to deliver on ...
- Pennsylvania regulator DEP fines Range Resources $300K for submitting inaccurate information and not plugging idle wells, meanwhile Canadian regulators, especially AER, help profit-raping companies deceive the public (for decades) and dump well plugging and clean up on taxpayers.
Range Resources fined nearly $300K for misclassifying wells, Company did not disclose that wells weren’t producing gas, should have been plugged by Reid Frazier, State Impact Pennsylvania, Feb 10, 2021
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says Range Resources misclassified over 40 conventional gas wells while submitting inaccurate information to the state. The agency fined the ...
- Equinor sells U.S. Bakken shale assets, posts record $5.5 billion loss for 2020; Between 2007 and 2019, Equinor recorded loss of $21.5 billion on overall U.S. activities, including $9.2 billion due to impairments of onshore shale and other assets
Equinor sells U.S. Bakken shale assets, posts record loss for 2020 by Nerijus Adomaitis, Feb 9, 2021, Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s Equinor has agreed to sell its assets in the U.S. Bakken shale oil province after a decade of multibillion-dollar losses and criticism for poor investment decisions.
Equinor will sell the assets in the states of ...
- Texas, City of San Angelo Water tests found benzene, acetone and naphthalene; “Do not use the water” advisory continues. Schools, restaurants closed, TCEQ investigating. After Encana-Ovintiv illegally injected 18 million litres frac fluid into the fresh water aquifers that supply my well, naphthalene – red blood cell destroyer and one of the chemicals used in frac’ing – was found in my water.
A little industrial history:
Hydraulic fracturing fleet to move to San Angelo by Kenneth Grimm, Jan 15, 2018, Concho Valley Homepage
From the press release:
US Well Services, LLC (USWS) is pleased to announce we will begin operating a high pressure, high rate fracturing fleet servicing the Wolfcamp and Southern Eagle Ford Shale plays out of San Angelo, ...