Global Frac News

  • Colorado oil and gas regulator “took the unprecedented step of ordering an operator to switch from the carcinogenic (Gibson D822) drilling mud to a synthetic (Neoflo 4633) mud.” September 30, 2019Jessica Ernst 2010: Natural Gas Operations from a Public Health Perspective For many years, drillers have insisted that they do not use toxic chemicals to drill for gas, only guar gum, mud, and sand. While much attention is being given to chemicals used during fracking, our findings indicate that drilling chemicals can be equally, if not more dangerous. COGCC took ...
  • Katie de Kauwe, UK lawyer: “Access to justice should not be just for the oil and gas industry.” September 30, 2019Jessica Ernst Environment Agency “no longer able to regulate fracking” – Labourby Ruth Hayhurst, Sept 23, 2019, drillordrop Fracking companies can “railroad” through their interests because the Environment Agency has been “drained” of resources, a Labour energy spokesperson told delegates at the party’s conference. Barry Gardiner, shadow energy minister, said of the Environment Agency : “They are no longer capable ...
  • Facebook reportedly censoring posting of Canadian election-related media revealing strong differences between candidates: In this censored article, local candidates answer where they stand on Coastal GasLink’s 670 km LNG pipeline from Dawson Creek area to Kitimat September 29, 2019Jessica Ernst “I am sharing this article by email as it is the 2nd time this week that Facebook has censored posting an election-related media report that they have deemed as “abusive of community standards” because it apparently reveals the strong differences between candidates in relation to BC LNG and fracking. Please share through your personal ...
  • Yet another frac’er bites sweet dust: Weatherford facing more than $10Billion in debt files for bankruptcy protection. US court order accepts restructuring plan, which includes Weatherford getting $2.2Billion in magic money; Stockholders to receive proportionate shares of the company’s **new stock** while operations continue as “normal.” September 25, 2019Jessica Ernst Weatherford moves forward with bankruptcy proceedings in Ireland by Sergio Chapa, September 24, 2019, Houston Chronicle Oilfield service company Weatherford International moved forward with the second phase of its bankruptcy proceedings — filing in Ireland. The company, which is incorporated in Ireland but has a large presence in Houston, filed for a type of bankruptcy protection known ...
  • Hanky Panky Power Pimping Codswallop! Canadian & BC gov’ts forcing demand for Site C dam? Why give the failing frac ‘n dash industry another near $Billion in corporate welfare? LNG & frac’ing, even electrified, are not green or clean or safe! September 29, 2019Jessica Ernst Some wise citizen common sense: Brenda GuiledA footnote to the LNG industry is that ships carrying it are floating bombs, massive bombs. Getting them to explode will take something like a missile strike — we hope they won’t blow from grounding, ramming, unsuspected stress points, poor construction, etc. — but in our nutty world, it’s easy ...
  • Suffering and living in fear in Frackville, Pennsylvania; More Ewing sarcoma research is needed September 21, 2019Jessica Ernst Finding the link: More Ewing sarcoma research is needed, Not enough is being done to figure out what is causing the rare cancer’s high incidence rate in southwestern Pa. by The Editorial Board, Sept 20, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette An alarming and disproportionate number of Ewing sarcoma cases have been reported in our corner of the ...
  • Bye Bye Canadian LNG? Bye Bye Need for Site C? China introduces new incentives for domestic production of tight and shale gas and CBM September 20, 2019Jessica Ernst Watch the oil and gas company bankruptcies, companies taking their profits and running from clean-up (hanging taxpayers with more corporate welfare), subsidies and regulator/analyst/industry propaganda in Canada escalate! China introduces new incentives for domestic production of tight and shale gas and coalbed methane by US Energy Information Administration, Sept 19, 2019, Natural Gas Weekly In June ...
  • 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 September 20, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 actors Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo, is calling on the UN to endorse a global end to fracking ...
  • 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! September 19, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 is a director on many industry sector boards including the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources [CSUR; ...
  • 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 September 17, 2019Jessica Ernst 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: Tue, 8 October 2019 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM MDT Location: Lacombe Memorial Centre – Centennial Hall South 5214 ...
  • 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 September 17, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 the London Underground that implied gas is a “low-carbon energy” source. It is the first time ...
  • 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. September 16, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 Beth Burger, Sept 16, 2019, The Columbus Dispatch Ohioans could be exposed to dangerous chemicals that state laws ...
  • 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? September 14, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 Commercial Vehicle Inspection Detail pulled 98 commercial vehicles off the road for failing to meet various safety compliance ...
  • 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? September 20, 2019Jessica Ernst Subject: Alberta’s Unemployment Must Be Hung Around Kenney’s Neck!! Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:43:16 -0600 From: Stewart Shields email hidden; JavaScript is required To: email hidden; JavaScript is required, United Conservative Party of Alberta email hidden; JavaScript is required, goodale email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required CC: email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, ...
  • Guzzle Up! Toxic radioactive frac waste water coming soon to a bottling depot, farm, berry patch, swimming pool, park pathway near you? September 13, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 the oil and gas industry as the state continues to struggle with increasingly harsh drought conditions ...
  • 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? October 3, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 09/12/2019. The shares currently trade at $6.54 and have been able to report a change of ...
  • 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? September 12, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 100,000 litres contaminated water. More AER Media deflection? Keep the public, community of Fox Creek and ...
  • 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 September 13, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 the fire will likely burn for the next month before the flames can be brought under control ...
  • How Did Frac Contaminants End Up In The Monongahela River? September 11, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 his bugs. Kruppa is the superintendent of the Belle Vernon Municipal Authority, and runs the town’s ...
  • 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 September 11, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 Industries) was selling its collection of oilsands leases to a subsidiary of Paramount Resources for an undisclosed ...
  • 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! September 12, 2019Jessica Ernst Subject: Just Simply Command More Work Must Be Undertaken On Idle Wells And Leases—-Industry Knows The Rest!! Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:57:47 -0600 From: Stewart Shields email hidden; JavaScript is required To: United Conservative Party of Alberta email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required CC: ...
  • 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) October 6, 2019Jessica Ernst Ears to the wall! Alberta’s environmental snitch line is now accepting emails by David J. Climenhaga, September 10, 2019, rabble.ca CAPP/UCP Snitch Line Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required … “At this stage of the process, I’m focused on information gathering and fact finding, and that’s why it is critical that I hear from anyone who has valuable information to ...
  • 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” September 10, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 a wider case regarding the use of the technique to extract oil and gas. The decision by ...
  • 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” September 9, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 that what has transpired in Oklahoma over the past decade is unprecedented in human history. Walter is ...
  • 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? September 8, 2019Jessica Ernst Award-winning documentary “Triple Divide ” hand selected for 2019 Oil Valley Film Festival Fracking documentary “Triple Divide in Pennsylvania, cases that specific officials at ...
  • 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.” September 7, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 exit the business. Cuadrilla’s backers hired the Royal Bank of Canada several months ago to explore strategic ...
  • 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 November 10, 2019Jessica Ernst NEB = National Energy Board becomes CER = Canada Energy Regulator. Does the govt believe this will clean up Peter Watson covering-up corporate crimes? From Andrew Nikiforuk’s Slick Water: Now it appeared that one of the province’s highest-paid civil servants wanted Jessica Ernst to stop talking about fracking altogether. In his message, Peter Watson—who is now ...
  • 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.” September 8, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 by Annie_fiftyseven in response to Andrew Nikiforuk’s article in The Tyee on Klippenstein & Wanless ...
  • “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? September 6, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 in the subterranean depths of the Piceance Basin. The device, more than twice as powerful as the ...
  • “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.”            November 14, 2019Jessica ErnstCanada 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 Rebecca Elliott and Christopher M. Matthews, Aug. 30, 2019, Wall Street Journal Bankruptcies are rising in the U.S. ...
  • 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 September 6, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 secured the well and stopped the gas release, and the emergency was stood down around 9:45 p.m. ...
  • 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 September 1, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 Sand Mine Spill, DNR Says Despite Presence Of Metals Results Show Concentrations Below State Limits For ...
  • 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.” September 6, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 regulators after the earthquake was recorded on Monday close to Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site near Blackpool. Fylde’s ...
  • 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. August 30, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 earthquake near Fox Creek by Sarah Rieger with files from Colleen Underwood, Aug 29, 2019, CBC ...
  • Louisiana Desoto Parish, Frac’ing Haynesville Shale Problems: Gas eruptions; methane, ethane and benzene in aquifer and drinking water August 27, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 an unknown source is to blame. Benzene in the water? State officials are now following up on a ...
  • 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 August 28, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 with depth of waste injected & may create greater magnitude quakes years after injection rates decline ...
  • 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. September 18, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 WARNINGS: Sour Gas Concentration (ppm)/Symptoms/Effects 0.01-1.5 ppm/Odor threshold (when rotten egg smell is first noticeable to some). … 2-5 ppm/Prolonged exposure may cause ...
  • The Leaks that threaten the clean image of natural gas August 25, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 Journal Natural gas is released into the atmosphere at an Energy Transfer LP compressor station in Reeves ...
  • 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 August 25, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 Cuadrilla to release the firm’s operational data only with its permission and to destroy confidential documents ...
  • 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. August 24, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 Rosebud, Alberta in heavy wind blowing towards the community as residents were leaving church 2011 Encana waste ...
  • 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 August 24, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 of Ontario (“LSO”) adopted the report of the Challenges Facing Racialized Licensees Working Group. That report identified a number of ...
  • 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? August 23, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 were called to the scene in the 2300 block of Douglas Run Road near Nichols Hill Road ...
  • Frac Fraud on the Rise: Sixth man admits role in altering emission control devices on trucks used in Marcellus Shale gas fields August 22, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 a scheme to tamper with emission control devices on heavy duty diesel trucks used in the ...
  • 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.” August 31, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 injection clearly showed variable time lags. Examining the data after January 2008, when sustained HF operations were ...
  • 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. August 21, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 after his or her child experienced a grueling fight with a childhood cancer — and ...
  • 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 August 21, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 changes to reduce its costs to deal with current market conditions. Earlier this month, the company eliminated ...
  • 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.” August 20, 2019Jessica Ernst 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 lays off about 50 employees by Pittsburgh Business Times, August 20, 2019 About 50 people have been laid ...
  • California regulators still allowing industry to inject toxic oilfield waste into drinking water aquifers, violating Safe Drinking Water Act; Companies will sue if ordered to stop. Alberta regulators break the law too, letting industry frac into drinking water aquifers, AER’s law violations even enabled by Canada’s top court August 20, 2019Jessica Ernst Compare to: EUB/ERCB/AER: ‘Men Without Chests,’ ‘No Plan, No Policy, No Heart’ Encana frac’d about 200 gas wells into fresh water zones at Rosebud (before April 2006), of which about 60 were more shallow than 200 metres bgs, including intentionally into the community’s drinking water aquifers, two most shallow gas wells perf’d at 100.5 m and 121.5 m bgs (Encana ...
  • California: Chevron’s steam injection disaster, oil & wastewater gushing to surface grows more than 500,000 gallons to 1.3 million gallons. “Permits in these legacy oil fields are often given with a wink and a nod.” August 19, 2019Jessica Ernst The Chevron Frac Guarantee: Our well won’t explode…or your pizza is free! California now says 2,500 wells dumping frac waste into protected aquifers, up from 532 in February. Regulators order oil drillers including Chevron Corp. and Linn Energy LLC to halt operations at 12 injection wells (two were issued cease and desist orders) because ...
  • Bonterra Energy Corp pipeline spills 40,000 litres (~250 barrels) oil into Washout Creek, which flows into North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton’s drinking water supply September 9, 2019Jessica Ernst 2016 08 29: Where’s the AER’s “due diligence?” Why permit oil and gas wells and fracing so close to waterways? Bonterra Energy cleaning up after pump jack “falls” into Washout Creek near Drayton Valley 40,000-litre crude oil spill being cleaned up by Drayton Valley by Edmonton CTV News, August 18, 2019 Snap below from AER’s compliance dashboard: Pipeline ...
  • Alberta academia was frac’d years ago. UCP government’s university appointments draw cronyism accusations September 18, 2019Jessica Ernst A small example of oil-patch-$$$$$$$-tainted Alberta academia (after these posts, Ernst no longer had time to diligently find & follow the bribes): Cenovus, Syncrude and Suncor and other oil and gas companies “helping draft” curriculum for students from kindergarten to Grade 12! Cenovus donates $1.5 million to Lakeland College Talisman pledges $1.25 M to Mount Royal University, Alberta EPA ...
  • Texas & Oklahoma: Deregulating to redefine toxic frac waste water as “industrial water” so as to let the oil and gas industry increase profits and dump their toxic waste into waterways? August 17, 2019Jessica Ernst Refer first to: The Most Horrific Frac Deregulation Yet? EPA’s proposed “protective regulation” to allow dramatically higher levels of radioactivity in drinking water “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 ...
  • 4.1M earthquake hits near Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, “rattling homes.” Power out for Esterhazy, Whitewood, Moosomin, Rockanville, Wapella, Tantallon for 2.5 hours. “My mother’s rocking chair started rocking.” Children screamed and cried, “It was scary.” Earthquakes Canada reports it “lightly felt.” Numerous new “undefined” directional wells drilled in area. August 16, 2019Jessica Ernst Numerous “undefined” directional wells (licenced July 30, 2018) were recently drilled in the area of the 4.1M earthquake. Refer to the yellow dots in the follow maps: Catastrophic Failures of Underground Evaporite Mines by Jeff Whyatt, Mining Engineer, Floyd Varley, Acting Branch Chief, NIOSH – Spokane Research Laboratory, Spokane, WA, NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20034347, in Proceedings of ...
  • Is this why Paramount bought Apache Corp’s Fox Creek assets? Koch Industries sells its tarsands properties to Paramount. Paramount/Trilogy next to declare bankruptcy, walk from clean up, with AER’s blessings? August 15, 2019Jessica Ernst Watch to understand what Paramount bought from Apache at Fox Creek, 16 Min. well spent: Broken Sprocket in the Fox Creek Hub? Alberta’s “Ignorant and Brute Force” Frack Experiments Koch Industries sells its oil-sands properties to Paramount by Jeffrey Jones, Aug 14, 2019, The Globe and Mail The conglomerate run by the wealthy Koch brothers has sold ...
  • New study: Frac’ing in U.S. & Canada linked to worldwide atmospheric methane spike. “This recent increase in methane is massive,” Howarth said. “It’s globally significant.” August 15, 2019Jessica ErnstIdeas and perspectives: is shale gas a major driver of recent increase in global atmospheric methane? by Robert W. Howarth, Dept Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA Received: 10 Apr 2019 – Discussion started: 23 Apr 2019 – Revised: 11 Jul 2019 – Accepted: 12 Jul 2019 – Published: 14 Aug 2019, Biogeosciences An ...
  • Nasty! Canadian courts describing “individuals as exhibiting ‘vexatious-style’ behavior without formally designating them as a vexatious litigant.” Is that how Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella gets away with ruling AER found Ernst to be “vexatious litigant” when evidence proves AER found Ernst to be a “criminal,” 7 years later, a terrorist – all without charges, evidence, trial or due process? With AG Jody Wilson-Raybould saying & doing nothing about Canada’s top judicial farce? October 11, 2019Jessica Ernst Labels given to Ernst by authorities/NGOs since she began speaking out about Encana’s, AER’s and Alberta Environment’s contaminated water cover-up and law violations: That “crazy lady” at Rosebud (by Encana’s licenced land agents, media, politicians and the regulators); Judged a “criminal” without due process and without any evidence by AER in 2005; ...
  • Lancashire UK: More frac failures plague Cuadrilla, company tries but fails to seal the well and caused 57 earthquakes. How much methane is migrating into aquifers and homes? “We have little confidence in Cuadrilla’s technical abilities….” August 11, 2019Jessica Ernst A bunch of fracking failures by Peter Lazenby, August 11, 2019, Morning Star CONTROVERSIAL fracking operations at a site in Lancashire have been hit by another technical problem — the latest in a series of failures to safely and successfully extract shale gas. The company has repeatedly tried and failed to use cement as part of the ...
  • New video by Will Koop, with extraordinary drone footage! Broken Sprocket in the Fox Creek Hub? Alberta’s “Ignorant and Brute Force” Frack Experiments August 16, 2019Jessica Ernst 15:51 Min. Play at 0.75 speed if more time needed to read the volumes of information researched by Mr. Koop and added to some slides in the clip. Intro in French by Johanne Dion on her FB page posting of the video: Un autre excellent documentaire de notre ami Will Koop. Il documente les ravages subis par ...
  • “Klippenstein, admittedly, ‘would not be the person’ he is ‘without freedom of thought and expression,’ so where’s his outrage at the legal suppressing of those freedoms – aka gag orders? And who would he be then, with his mouth legally taped shut?” Comment to Andrew Nikiforuk’s article in The Tyee on Klippenstein & Wanless quitting September 6, 2019Jessica Ernst Is a client’s right to freedom of thought and expression (eg posting articles, comments about a legal system inaccessible for nearly all civil Canadians, bad behaviour by judges and lawyers, etc) a valid reason for lawyers to quit a lawsuit? White supremacy certainly isn’t. Law Society Ontario Rule 2.09, withdrawal from representation: Les avocats de Jessica Ernst ...
  • Pollution could be damaging your brain, even leading to dementia but Health Canada still not making public their 2012 damning report admitting significant health hazards and risks to groundwater and air caused by frac’ing! August 9, 2019Jessica Ernst Why was a 2012 Health Canada Report, admitting significant health hazards and risks to groundwater and air from hydraulic fracturing, kept from the public? Why is the federal government keeping this important and damning report from the air breathing public? Photos of Alberta day and all night fracs above and below by FrackingCanada Why so much ...
  • Pennsylvania regulator allowing radioactive frac waste discharged into rivers as landfill leachate, Impacting Chesapeake Bay & Ohio River Watersheds August 8, 2019Jessica Ernst Pennsylvania is Discharging Radioactive Fracking Waste Into Rivers As Landfill Leachate, Impacting The Chesapeake Bay & Ohio River Watersheds by Joshua B. Pribanic and Talia Wiener, August 7, 2019, Public Herald Project: Smoking Gun | Podcast: newsCOUP … But what Wolf can’t see, is that his own Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ...
  • PA: More Drilling May Jeopardize Drinking Water for 130,000; CNX had a “catastrophic loss of containment” forced dangerously high-pressured gas into 9 shallow wells and propelled methane, other gases into private water wells. August 8, 2019Jessica Ernst More Drilling May Jeopardize Drinking Water for 130,000 by Jena Shaffer on Aug 5, 2019, mtwatershed.com Since 2011, 52 wells have been drilled by CNX Resources Corporation, CONSOL’s gas division, within the immediate vicinity to Beaver Run Reservoir, the drinking water source for 130,000 people throughout northern Westmoreland County and small portions of neighboring Armstrong and Indiana counties. ...
  • Watch your money Argentina! Frackers have spilled billions of dollars in red ink. Fracked oil & natural gas have been financial disasters. “Cash flows from fracking-focused oil and gas companies across the US have been negative for decades — even when oil and gas prices were higher than they are now.” August 15, 2019Jessica Ernst Stranded shale assets send a warning to Argentina and others by Kathy Hipple, New York, NY, US, August 7, 2019, Financial Times Your article on Argentina and shale gas (August 7) rests on a faulty premise. The shale revolution is not a boom, but a big bust of epic proportions. There is no denying that there has ...
  • 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 to take samples. Intentional waste management via dumping? August 10, 2019Jessica Ernst Frac Sand Sentinel #288 8-9-2019 “The delay in spill reporting by WP and the delay in water testing by DNR create questions that need answering. Both of these delays are completely inappropriate and presumably contrary to law.  The pump capacity was 1500 GPM (90,000 gallons per hour), which means a minimum of 4.4 hours of time to spill ...
  • Frac jobs getting frac’d August 7, 2019Jessica Ernst Permian fracking activity sets new records with fewer people by Jordan Blum, Aug. 7, 2019, Houston Chronicle More Permian Basin wells are being hydraulically fractured and completed than ever before, and the work is being done with far fewer workers than just a year ago, according to new studies. Almost 550 Permian wells were fracked in June ...
  • Frac’ing greed & insanity: More billions of frac dollars to go down the drain August 5, 2019Jessica Ernst New laws could pump billions of dollars into Permian Basin’s rapidly growing water recycling industry by Sergio Chapa, Aug. 2, 2019, Houston Chronicle Whether by pipeline tanker, truck or hose, more water is moving around the arid Permian Basin than crude oil at any given moment. Water has become the lifeblood of the modern energy industry with ...
  • “The research is in: Stop fracking ASAP.” And, stop asking for regulations, responsible energy development, more study and fake, industry-controlled reviews. Asking for such enables more abuses. Time to say, “No, we are opposed!” August 7, 2019Jessica ErnstA July 28, 2019 email from Ernst to industry harmed Albertans asking for responsible energy development: Good morning Gentlemen, It appears you are not understanding how successfully synergy brainwashes people into running around in circles creating group after group after group, doing the same thing over and over and over, asking for money and “responsible energy development,” ...
  • Rhode Island vs 21 Oil & Gas Companies: Judge William Smith characterized operations “leading to all kinds of displacement, death (extinctions, even), and destruction….Defendants understood the consequences of their activity decades ago…. But instead of sounding the alarm, Defendants went out of their way to becloud the emerging scientific consensus and further delay changes – however existentially necessary – that would in any way interfere with their multi-billion-dollar profits.” August 5, 2019Jessica Ernst https://twitter.com/SenWhitehouse/status/1157290669657993222 The ruling: http://blogs2.law.columbia.edu/climate-change-litigation/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/case-documents/2019/20190722_docket-118-cv-00395_opinion-and-order.pdf Snap below from the ruling: Judge rules against oil companies to keep climate liability case in Rhode Island by Miranda Green, July 22, 2019, The Hill A federal judge ruled against multiple oil and gas companies Monday, deciding that Rhode Island’s novel climate liability case can be tried in the state. The ruling will allow Rhode ...
  • 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? August 3, 2019Jessica Ernst Refer also to: Pipeline in NW Alberta leaks 100,000 litres contaminated water. More AER Media deflection? Keep the public, community of Fox Creek and summer campers unaware of much more serious, potentially life-threatening, 460,000 litres leak/spill/frac hit? at Sprocket Energy’s abandoned sour gas well near Smoke Lake Provincial Park and campground? Why is 320,000 litre spill 36 ...
  • Alberta’s newest Frac Farce: Jason Kenney’s panel to review energy deregulation filled with only industry executives, includes CAPP’s Whine-for-More-Freebies & Propaganda Machine, Tim McMillan August 2, 2019Jessica Ernst Alberta kicks off red tape reduction with focus on tourism, oil and gas sectors by Clare Clancy, August 2, 2019, Calgary Herald The Alberta government has revealed the first two industry panels that will propose ways to cut red tape for businesses, while pledging to unveil others soon. A 10-member panel will focus on tourism and hospitality, ...
  • New York Tioga County landowners group pushing highly dangerous gelled propane fracs to circumvent State’s frac ban August 2, 2019Jessica Ernst How this Southern Tier group is trying to work around New York’s fracking ban by Jeff Platsky, August 2, 2019, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin A Tioga County landowners group appears willing to press ahead in challenging New York’s hydrofracking ban by using an unconventional method of natural gas drilling designed to circumvent the prohibition. Tioga County Partners ...
  • 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) August 2, 2019Jessica Ernst U.S. Shale Is Doomed No Matter What They Do: “More bankruptcies are all but certain as oil and gas borrowers must repay or refinance **several hundred billion dollars** of debt over the next six months” Fracking firms Calfrac, Trican report double-digit Q2 revenue declines by The Canadian Press, August 1, 2019, Thompson Citizen CALGARY — ...
  • Frac’ing wants more billions to send down the drain; Permian needs (or wants?) $9B worth new frac wastewater disposal wells August 2, 2019Jessica Ernst Who will pay for these? Taxpayers, Encana or the Koch Bros? Or sneakily steal from us via a pension plan? Permian Needs $9B Worth of New Wells by David Wethe, July 29, 2019, Bloomberg in Rigzone As much as $9 billion will be needed over the next decade just to throw away dirty water in the world’s ...
  • AER/ICORE/Jim Ellis Hanky Panky & Deregulation Tried to Go Global. Is CAPP et al making Ellis take the fall for Neil McCrank, EUB Boss (before it became AER)? McCrank authorized spying on innocent Albertans, **initiated spreading AER’s evil, lies & propaganda globally**, was boss when EUB violated Ernst’s charter rights and refused to make it right. “I wonder what’s worse for the average Albertan…. A vicious STD, or the AER? It’s a toss up.” August 2, 2019Jessica Ernst ERCB became EUB became ERCB became AER. Comment by Danny Devo: I wonder what’s worse for the average Albertan in the energy sector. A vicious STD, or the AER? It’s a toss up. Oilpatch in ‘crisis’ as energy regulator executives travelled the world launching a side project called ICORE ICORE initiative raises questions about priorities while spurring three ...
  • World’s Biggest Fund Manager, BlackRock, lost $90 Billion investing in fossil fuel companies over last decade August 1, 2019Jessica Ernst BlackRock lost $90bn investing in fossil fuel companies, report finds, World’s biggest fund manager urged to invest in clean energy for good of the climate and its investors by Jillian Ambrose, 31 Jul 2019, The Guardian Will companies, AER, CAPP leave anything for Albertans or do they plan to take it all and leave only ...
  • Encana Earthquake Implications August 1, 2019Jessica Ernst Encana Earthquake Implications by Josh Young, Jul. 30, 2019, Seeking Alpha SummaryEncana well completion operations may have caused multiple 3.0+ earthquakes in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma. Another company that may have caused an earthquake nearby in Oklahoma saw a precipitous share price decline. Risk that Encana may need to write down the value of the Newfield acquisition that got ...
  • U.S. Shale Is Doomed No Matter What They Do: “More bankruptcies are all but certain as oil and gas borrowers must repay or refinance **several hundred billion dollars** of debt over the next six months” July 31, 2019Jessica Ernst U.S. Shale Is Doomed No Matter What They Do by Nick Cunningham, July 21, 2019, Oilprice With financial stress setting in for U.S. shale companies, some are trying to drill their way out of the problem, while others are hoping to boost profitability by cutting costs and implementing spending restraint. Both approaches are riddled with ...
  • Baytown Texas Exxon plant explosion & fire: Shelter-in-place ordered. 37 people injured. What home, office, shop or duct tape will keep these toxic fumes out? July 31, 2019Jessica Ernst Excellent photos at link: 37 people injured from explosion at ExxonMobil plant in Baytown; shelter-in-place lifted by Michelle Iracheta and Jay R. Jordan, July 31, 2019, Houston Chronicle UPDATE 3:12 p.m. The shelter-in-place in Baytown has been lifted, and air monitoring near the explosion site has not detected anything concerning, according to a tweet from the city’s ...
  • Pipeline in NW Alberta leaks 100,000 litres contaminated water. More AER Media deflection? Keep the public, community of Fox Creek and summer campers unaware of much more serious, potentially life-threatening, 460,000 litres leak/spill/frac hit? at Sprocket Energy’s abandoned sour gas well near Smoke Lake Provincial Park and campground? July 29, 2019Jessica Ernst Why media reporting on two much smaller spills, but not on Sprocket Energy’s sour gas spill/leak/frac hit? at Frac Frenzy Quakin’ and a Shakin’ Fox Creek that did affect a water body and that AER issued a serious order against Sprocket for? Important 2017 reference: New Study: Sulfide-producing bacteria dominate hydraulically fractured shale oil & gas wells. ...
  • Father blames Chevron as he and son Ryan battle illness, Welts, rashes after Ryan bathed in water that felt slippery. Ernst’s water felt slippery too, caused burns, rashes, welts to her skin after Encana illegally injected 18 million litres of frac fluid into her community’s drinking water aquifers. Cover-up, lies, law violations, threats, bullying, shaming by Alberta regulators to protect Encana, law-violating aquifer frac’er July 29, 2019Jessica Ernst Father blames Chevron as he and son battle illness by David Templeton and Don Hopey, July 29, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Bryan Latkanich, 48, thumbs through photographs he took showing red welts and rashes all over the body of his son, Ryan, after the boy took a bath in April 2013 in water that he described as ...
  • Why is Alberta continuing to licence costly headaches to known big brute polluters and law violators such as Teck? October 1, 2019Jessica Ernst Are the feds really going to allow polluting, law violating, disrespectful Teck to pollute more? Another polluting Canadian corporation thinks it’s above the law? Teck will continue to fight U.S. judgement even though U.S. Supreme Court denied hearing Teck’s appeal Lying and stealing are next door neighbors. Proverb Refer also to! 2019: Teck reportedly rakes in $12 Billion ...
  • Another oil company, Rex Energy, bites the frac dust: After 7 years, Woodlands Pa residents still have no water. But some got cash to keep quiet. How cruel is that? As cruel as Encana giving money to some residents at Rosebud Alberta, but not others, and most disgusting, refusing to stop frac’ing into drinking water zones after the community’s water got frac’d. July 28, 2019Jessica ErnstBackground: Designed to Fail: Why Regulatory Agencies Don’t Work Fouled Waters: Woodlands residents search for ways to survive without clean water Fouled Waters: Woodlands trying to solve its own problems, Water tests by state, U.S. agencies, driller provide no answers After 7 years, these Pa. residents still have no water. But they got cash to keep quiet by Wallace ...
  • The DEregulation goes on and on and on: Conventional Oil & Gas Industry Major 2019 Goal: To Restore Program To Spread Well Waste Water On Roads (without oversight and keeping toxic chemical contents secret) July 28, 2019Jessica Ernst “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) Conventional Oil & Gas Industry Has A Major Goal In 2019– To Restore Program To Spread Waste Water From Wells ...
  • 2015: Spyglass Resources receivership raises well abandonment liability questions July 27, 2019Jessica Ernst Spyglass Resources receivership raises well abandonment liability questions by Dan Healing, Nov 26, 2015, Calgary Herald The failure of junior Spyglass Resources Corp. on Thursday is the first for a conventional Calgary-based oil and gas producer in the current downturn and raises questions about how the province will deal with well reclamation liabilities if the ...
  • Oil company Anadarko’s quick secret settlement with families in Firestone Colorado home explosion that killed two, injured two and damaged a neighbouring home later bought by Anadarko; Investigation found Anadarko guilty, not nature. July 27, 2019Jessica Ernst Compare Colorado regulator negligence with Alberta’s, both greedily putting lives and property at risk to enable more profits for oil and gas multinationals: Investigators say an accumulation of gases appears to have caused the explosion that destroyed the Rosebud Alberta water tower and sent a Wheatland County employee to hospital with serious injuries Diana Daunheimer’s Excellent Summation ...
  • Alberta Oil Magazine interviews AER Boss Jim Ellis in 2016 on changing face of Alberta’s energy regulation: “The expectation of this government is for us to regulate and that’s what we’re doing.” Didn’t he mean, “Deregulate?” July 28, 2019Jessica Ernst A little intro: 2009: Cupid’s arrow pierces energy regulator, Alberta’s ERCB  … Just when I started to think I’d entered a Seinfeld script, things got more entertaining. I called up Andrew Nikiforuk, the one person I know who is familiar with the board and, married with three sons, also with ...
  • 2016 Study shows Alberta taxpayers missing out on $45 Million **every year** in surface rights fees. Just more Synergy bribery feeding the greed to keep rural Albertans obediently complicit to abuses by the oil & gas industry? July 28, 2019Jessica ErnstTaxpayers missing out on $45M a year in surface rights fees, study by Matt McClure, January 18, 2016, Calgary Herald Taxpayers are out an estimated $45 million a year because the former Tory regime balked at enacting a law that would have meant most of the fees paid by oil and gas companies for access to ...
  • BRILLIANT COURAGEOUS REPORTING by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Human Toll, Part 2: Industry says otherwise (of course they do!), but studies identify specific harms that shale-gas pollution can cause for fetuses, newborns, children and teenagers July 26, 2019Jessica Ernst The industry says otherwise, but studies identify specific harms that shale-gas pollution can cause for fetuses, newborns, children and teenagers by David Templeton, Don Hopey, Andrew Rush, July 18, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette People desiring open space, fresh air, green vistas and solitude frequently seek out rural areas, and that’s what Tim ...
  • Encana causes dozens frac quakes near Kingfisher, Oklahoma, including a 3.9M that might be the states largest July 26, 2019Jessica Ernst Encana halts Oklahoma well completion following quake by Liz Hampton, July 25, 2019, Reuters in Financial Post, Last Updated July 25, 2019 Oklahoma following two earthquakes within a day in the same area, the state’s oil and gas regulator said on Thursday. The company paused operations for 12 hours after a 3.2 magnitude quake hit late Wednesday ...
  • The orchestrated fraud & corporate welfare stench grows! Alberta municipalities abused by Petro-Pussy Premier Jason Kenney (Steve Harper/Koch Bros spawn?) to feed industry’s insatiable greed “now own what they voted for!” July 27, 2019Jessica Ernst Key Shields quotes: The entire Alberta energy industry has been designed to cheat the Alberta public owners of petroleum wealth within the boundaries of our province!! The answer is of course to disband the AER that are not and have not worked in the best interest of the Alberta owning public!! Subject: ...
  • Study: Oil Gas Industry Wastewater spread on roads to control dust & ice in at least 13 states, including Pennsylvania, poses threat to environment & human health; Ohio regulator tests on Aquasalina/Nature’s Own Source (made with frac waste, spread on roads, sold at Lowes and to cities for years) showed combined radium 226 & 228 exceeded USEPA Safe Drinking Water limits by average factor of 300 July 25, 2019Jessica Ernst In Canada, no one’s studying it (of course not), but some citizens have documented it. Excellent visual summary by frackingcanada (thank you!~): 7:40 Min Video at link: http://www.frackingcanada.ca/home/ This post is dedicated to FrackingCanada. Radium has been widely spread on Pennsylvania roadways without regulation: Study by Kristina Marusic, May 30, 2018, Environmental Health News Wastewater from the oil and gas industry ...
  • Oklahoma citizens with property in nine central counties (about 400 homes and some businesses) that suffered damage from 2011 earthquakes caused by oil industry waste injection gain class-action status July 25, 2019Jessica Ernst Earthquake lawsuit gains class-action status by Adam Wilmoth, May 22, 2019, NewsOK A lawsuit claiming oil company New Dominion LLC is responsible for damage caused by the 2011 earthquakes near Prague has gained class-action status and is scheduled for trial in September. Judge Lori Walkley ruled Friday that the class includes Oklahoma citizens with residential or business ...
  • Fayette County, WV tried to break its energy industry dependence, banned disposal of drilling waste. Industry fought back, arguing communities don’t get a say (in being poisoned). The courts overruled the county’s common sense & public health protection. No matter how nasty judges get, take a stand! It’s always worth it! July 25, 2019Jessica ErnstOne West Virginia County Tried to Break Its Dependence on the Energy Industry. It was Overruled. After seeing the scars of coal, Fayette County banned the disposal of natural gas drilling waste. Industry fought back, arguing the community doesn’t get a say by Ken Ward Jr., May 4, 2018, The Charleston Gazette-Mail This article was produced in ...
  • “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) July 25, 2019Jessica Ernst annie_fiftyseven comment to Andrew Nikiforuk’s article in The Tyee “There are more than 100 deep injection wells in northern B.C. The LNG industry could require the construction of hundreds more to support increased fracking. In recent years the OGC has shut down three injection wells because of earthquake hazards and closed down another seven as their reservoir pressure reached its ...
  • Pennsylvania Superior Court Fractures Long-Standing Rule of Capture; Appeals court rejects frac company’s appeal July 25, 2019Jessica Ernst Court rejects fracking company’s appeal in “rule of capture” decision by Susan Phillips, June 11, 2018, State Impact Pennsylvania A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday rejected a request by a natural gas production company to rehear a case whose outcome could affect drillers across the country. The case, Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Production Company, involves the legal ...
  • Another new study: Fracking Activities May Contribute to Anxiety and Depression During Pregnancy July 25, 2019Jessica Ernst Fracking Activities May Contribute to Anxiety and Depression During Pregnancy by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, July 24, 2019, Science Daily A new study identifies a link between proximity to hydraulic fracking activities and mental health issues during pregnancy. A new study led by a researcher at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health identifies ...
  • New National Security & Intelligence Review Agency (NSIRA) members announced: Outgoing NDP MP Murray Rankin, Q.C. (Chair) & U of Ottawa prof Craig Forcese; Multi-hatted watchdog will have full access to virtually all information held by federal govt. Why? To give to Israel and multinational corporations, and abuse innocent Canadians with? August 13, 2019Jessica Ernst Murray Rankin’s ‘daunting’ role as new spy watchdog by Jack Knox, July 25, 2019, Times Colonist You can just about hear Murray Rankin gulp over the phone from Ottawa. “Let’s be honest, it’s daunting,” the Victoria MP says of his new challenge. “But it’s so important.” “It” is Rankin’s appointment by Justin Trudeau to head an independent watchdog ...
  • Fracking Sacred Ground: “We have no place to run,” Tso said. “We have no place to take shelter.” July 24, 2019Jessica ErnstFracking Sacred Ground by Elizabeth Miller, winter 2018, Orion Magazine … Tribal members from Arizona, North Dakota, and Canada gathered to talk about traffic, violence, and their worries for a younger generation growing up while breathing in what blows off an oil field. Daniel Tso said it has been like facing a tidal wave. “The tsunami of fracking has ...
  • UK: Oil company says (who believes oil companies these days?) “We’re not to blame for Surrey earthquake” – but local concerns remain July 24, 2019Jessica ErnstUK: Oil company says “We’re not to blame for Surrey earthquake” – but local concerns remain by Ruth Hayhurst drill or drop, originally posted April 8, 2019, reposted July 24, 2019 A few comments first to the article included below Sherwulfe April 4, 2018 at 5:21 pm Perhaps another coinsidence? https://dwarshuis.com/earthquakes-groningen-gas-field/visualisation/ [Above link to MUST WATCH visual, stunning damages caused by ...
  • Heavily frac’d Colorado seeing earthquakes where they’ve never happened before. “Big booms, roars and shaking homes.” July 24, 2019Jessica ErnstOriginally posted April 8, 2019, reposted July 24, 2019 Small earthquake recorded north of Glenwood Springs by David Mitchell, April 7, 2018, KDVR.com GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — An earthquake shook the ground near Glenwood Springs early Saturday morning. The weak tremor, registering as a 2.7 magnitude quake, was recorded in the Flat Tops, roughly 18 miles from Glenwood Springs. The U.S. ...