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  • Alberta Landowner Seeks $33 Million Over Methane in Drinking Water
    Alberta Landowner Seeks $33 Million Over Methane in Drinking Water The Stuart Smith Blog, News Round Up, April 27, 2011
  • Rosebud landowner launches $33M lawsuit against Encana, government over methane in drinking water
    Rosebud landowner launches $33M lawsuit against Encana, government over methane in drinking water by Kelly Cryderman, Calgary Herald, April 27, 2011
  • LISTEN: Alberta Fracking
    LISTEN:  Alberta Fracking CBC “As It Happens”, April 27, 2011 It’s known as “fracking” — the process of using water and other chemicals under extreme pressure to blast apart coal formations and release natural gas. And one woman in Southern Alberta says that in using that process, the natural gas producer Encana has flooded her drinking water with ...
  • Alberta landowner seeks $33 million over methane in drinking water
    Alberta landowner seeks $33 million over methane in drinking water by Kelly Cryderman, Postmedia News, April 26, 2011.
  • PA: Fracking Environmental Footprint
    PA: Fracking Environmental Footprint by Elizabeth McGowan, Reuters, April 25, 2011.
  • Resistance to Gas Drilling Rises on Unlikely Soil; In Fort Worth, opposition to natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has emerged
    Resistance to Gas Drilling Rises on Unlikely Soil; In Fort Worth, opposition to natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has emerged by Kate Galbraith, The New York Times, April 23, 2011.
  • Families blast gas exploration
    Families blast gas exploration by Cheryl R. Clarke, April 23, 2011, Williamsport Sun-Gazette TOWANDA – Just a few days after a Chesapeake natural gas drilling site flowback fluid spill contaminated pasture land and spilled into Towanda Creek here, Attorney Todd O’Malley led a group of about four dozen protesters, many of them who have had their ...
  • Suspend Hydraulic Fracturing, Former Gas Exec Urges
    Suspend Hydraulic Fracturing, Former Gas Exec Urges by Michael Hibblen, by KUAR Public Radio, April 22, 2011.
  • Alberta and the Curse of the Petro State; Alberta now suffers from too much of a good thing or what some wags call “the paradox of plenty”
    Alberta and the Curse of the Petro State; Alberta now suffers from too much of a good thing or what some wags call “the paradox of plenty” by Andrew Nikiforuk, Alberta Federation of Labour News, April 22, 2011.
  • Experts warn Alberta water research could be hindered
    Experts warn Alberta water research could be hindered by Hanneke Brooymans in The Edmonton Journal, April 21, 2011.
  • Environmentalists, farmers rejoice as Cabinet puts brakes on Karoo fracking
    Environmentalists, farmers rejoice as Cabinet puts brakes on Karoo fracking by Sipho Hlgonwane in the Daily Maverick April 21, 2011. Following an avalanche of complaints and a formal objection, Cabinet endorsed the department of minerals and energy’s decision to hit the freeze button on licenses for fracking in the Karoo.
  • Fracking in the USA. ‘Those questions are just as relevant in B.C. and Alberta.’
    Fracking in the USA. ‘Those questions are just as relevant in B.C. and Alberta.’ by Trevor Scott Howell, in Fast Forward, April 21, 2011.
  • Biggest Silent Election Issue: Oil’s Erosion of Canada. Petro wealth is fouling our country’s character, as it did many others’
    Biggest Silent Election Issue: Oil’s Erosion of Canada. Petro wealth is fouling our country’s character, as it did many others’ by Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, April 21, 2011.
  • Driller halts Pennsylvania fracking after blowout
    Driller halts Pennsylvania fracking after blowout by Edward McAllister, Reuters, April 21, 2011.
  • Chesapeake suspends fracking in Pennsylvania
    Chesapeake suspends fracking in Pennsylvania The Associated Press, April 21, 2011. A natural gas company has suspended “fracking” at all of its wells throughout Pennsylvania until it figures out the cause of a spill in the northern part of the state.
  • Attorney general asked to investigate gas lease tactics
    Attorney general asked to investigate gas lease tactics by Lori Monsewicz,the Observer Dispatch, April 20, 2011.
  • Industry must disclose fracking fluids, improve standards: Shell
    Industry must disclose fracking fluids, improve standards: Shell by Eunice Bridges, Platts (Houston) April 20, 2011.
  • Gas Drilling Emergency in Bradford County
    Gas Drilling Emergency in Bradford County by Jim Hamill, WNEP, April 20 2011. Water is gushing from the earth at the Chesapeake well pad.  It has been all hands on deck to put a stop to the leak of fracking fluid that, according to company officials, spilled thousands and thousands of gallons into nearby land and waterways.
  • Fossil fuel firms use ‘biased’ study in massive lobbying push for shale gas; Industry urging governments and business to reject renewables in favour of ‘green’ shale gas
    Fossil fuel firms use ‘biased’ study in massive lobbying push for shale gas; Industry urging governments and business to reject renewables in favour of ‘green’ shale gas by Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, April 20, 2011.
  • Shutdown of wells extended in Arkansas quake study
    Shutdown of wells extended in Arkansas quake study by Sarah Eddington, Associated Press, April 20, 2011.
  • Truth comes out on ‘Fracking’ Toxins. Who finally tells us the nasty chemicals used for shale gas drilling in Western Canada? US Congress
    Truth comes out on ‘Fracking’ Toxins. Who finally tells us the nasty chemicals used for shale gas drilling in Western Canada? US Congress by Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, April 20, 2011.
  • Pa. wants to end gas-drilling wastewater discharge
    Pa. wants to end gas-drilling wastewater discharge by Times-Herald Record, April 20, 2011 New tests show elevated levels of bromide in western Pennsylvania rivers, the agency said. “Now is the time to take action to end this practice,” acting Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer said in a statement Tuesday. Bromide is a salt that ...
  • Chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing
    Chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, PREPARED BY COMMITTEE STAFF FOR: Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member Committee on Energy and Commerce; Edward J. Markey, Ranking Member Committee on Natural Resources; and Diana DeGette, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations April 18, 2011. Report no longer available at original ...
  • Scientist Jessica Ernst hits gas giant EnCana, regulators with fracking lawsuit
    Albertan, Tired of Her Tap Water Catching Fire, Sues.  Scientist Jessica Ernst hits gas giant EnCana, regulators with fracking lawsuit by Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, April 28, 2011
  • Marcellus update: Lawsuits against Chesapeake Energy challenge dumping of fracking waste
    Marcellus update: Lawsuits against Chesapeake Energy challenge dumping of fracking waste by Ken Ward Jr., April 14, 2011, The Charleston Gazette We broke a story in this morning’s Gazette about three lawsuits in northern West Virginia that challenge a central practice of the region’s growing natural gas drilling industry: Dumping fracking waste on people’s property and ...
  • Frack: Is Shale Natural Gas Worse for the Climate Than Coal?
    Frack: Is Shale Natural Gas Worse for the Climate Than Coal? by Bryan Walsh at Time’s Ecocentric Blog, April 11, 2011.
  • Alberta family’s farm reduced to ‘moonscape’
    Alberta family’s farm reduced to ‘moonscape’ by Darcy Henton and Kelly Cryderman, April 11, 2011, Calgary Herald “It’s dragging out too long,” she laments. “It’s sad it took so long to get this addressed.” But she warns that what happened on her farm should be a reminder that oilpatch regulators need to diligently monitor oil and gas companies ...
  • Imperial Oil leaking natural gas wells a nightmare for homeowners near Edmonton
    Leaking natural gas wells a nightmare for homeowners near Edmonton by Darcy Henton, Calgary Herald, April 11, 2011 A developer who noticed gas bubbling up in a puddle near a new school in a small town south of Edmonton sounded the alarm…. “Nobody will admit nothing, but we’re all suspicious,” says the 87-year-old Second World War navy veteran. ...
  • The Future of Fracking: The “Recovery Factor”
    The Future of Fracking: The “Recovery Factor” by Keith Schaefer, April 5, 2011, Oil and Gas Investments Most wells only recover 5%-20% of the Original Oil in Place (OOIP). “We don’t believe the sledgehammer approach to fracturing is the way of the future,” says Themig. … The size of individual fracking operations has increased 10 times in the ...
  • Casey Calls for Federal Help With Gas Explosions in NW PA, After McKean County house explosions, Casey sends letter to Department of Energy asking for help and coordination with local and state officials
    Casey Calls for Federal Help With Gas Explosions in NW PA, After McKean County house explosions, Casey sends letter to Department of Energy asking for help and coordination with local and state officials by Sentaor Bob Casey, March 28, 2011 WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today wrote U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu concerning gas ...
  • 9/11 law firm set to announce contamination suit against Colorado gas drilling company
    9/11 law firm set to announce contamination suit against Colorado gas drilling company by David O. Williams, March 24, 2011, American Independent A New York City law firm today will hold a press conference on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol building in Denver to announce a lawsuit against a Denver-based natural gas drilling ...
  • Neighbors say Cabot not telling whole story
    Neighbors say Cabot not telling whole story by Robert L. Baker, March 23, 2011, Independent Weekender Craig Sautner was attending a gas drilling awareness forum in the southern tier of New York recently, when one of his alleged neighbors from Dimock Township shouted at him that he had no business continuing to protest against Marcellus gas ...
  • The Gwyn Morgan File: EnCana’s Grip on BC (Part Two of Two)
    The Gwyn Morgan File: EnCana’s Grip on BC (Part Two of Two) by Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca March 18, 2011. How Christy Clark’s advisor steered his Alberta petro giant to become the most powerful corporation in this province.
  • The Gwyn Morgan File: Rise of a Shale Gas Baron (Part One of Two)
    The Gwyn Morgan File: Rise of a Shale Gas Baron (Part One of Two) by Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, March 17, 2011. Christy Clark picked the EnCana empire builder to guide her into power, and that says volumes about who’s shaping BC’s future.
  • Special Investigation Cameos of the Karoo: A journey into the heartland
    Special Investigation Cameos of the Karoo: A journey into the heartland by Geraldine Bennett, March 22, 2011, moneyweb “If they poison our water with chemicals, or they use it all up, our big plans are going to fail”. … Asked whether he believed that Shell would offer jobs to the local community, both Bruce and Olifant ...
  • Fracking Ban in Quebec
    Fracking Ban in Quebec by Delores Broten, Watershed Sentinel, March 8, 2011.
  • Que. report urges halt on shale gas drilling
    Que. report urges halt on shale gas drilling The Canadian Press, March 8, 2011
  • Meet Christy Clark’s Hard Right Advisor Gwyn Morgan
    Meet Christy Clark’s Hard Right Advisor by Bill Tieleman, TheTyee.ca, March 8, 2011. Basher of enviros and unions, Gwyn Morgan blamed immigrants for crime. What does he like? US health care.
  • Fracking will cause ‘irreversible harm’ Shale-gas extraction a huge risk
    Fracking will cause ‘irreversible harm’ Shale-gas extraction a huge risk by Kevin Dougherty, originally published in The Montreal Gazette, March 7, 2011. A geological engineering professor whose specialty is rock mechanics and hydrogeology says hydraulic fracturing to free natural gas from shale rock formations will cause “irreversible harm” lasting thousands of years. And the gas companies will be long gone, ...
  • Ground Zero Law Firm Sues Over Colorado Drilling
    Ground Zero Law Firm Sues Over Colorado Drilling by David Frey, March 3, 2011, New West The law firm Napoli Bern Ripka & Associates, along with the Aspen firm Thomas Genshaft, filed its first Western Slope lawsuit on Thursday, and attorneys say more will likely be forthcoming, including a possible class-action lawsuit. … “Hopefully we can ...
  • Does Gas Fracking cause Earthquakes?
    Does Gas Fracking cause Earthquakes? by Joyce Nelson, Watershed Sentinel, March – April 2011.
  • Town of Dish files lawsuit against six gas companies
    Town of Dish files lawsuit against six gas companies by Craig Civale, March 1, 2011, WFAA DISH, Texas- One town’s fight to prevent gas well drilling may now be heading to court. The Denton County town of Dish is suing gas companies over health and property concerns it blames on drilling. Dish’s mayor announced he was ...
  • Calming the waters: As the number of horizontal multistage fracturing projects grows exponentially, the industry meets public concern with new fluid handling
    Calming the waters: As the number of horizontal multistage fracturing projects grows exponentially, the industry meets public concern with new fluid handling by Graham Chandler, Oilweek Magazine, March 2011.
  • Results of controversial ‘fracking’ for shale gas in UK will be kept secret
    Results of controversial ‘fracking’ for shale gas in UK will be kept secret by Tim Webb, The Guardian, March 1, 2011 “You never have control. Fractures will always go into the path of least resistance.”
  • What Lies Beneath? Almost 100,000 spent oil and gas wells litter Alberta. Who will pay the clean-up cost?
    What Lies Beneath? Almost 100,000 spent oil and gas wells litter Alberta.  Who will pay the clean-up cost? by Doug Horner, Alberta Views, Vol 14, No 2, March 2011, pgs 30-34. The land we’re standing on has been in Bruder’s family since his grandfather, Anton Bonertz, was the first of three brothers to move up from ...
  • Hydrofracked? One Man’s Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling
    Hydrofracked? One Man’s Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, February 25, 2011.
  • Unpacking health hazards in fracking’s chemical cocktail
    Unpacking health hazards in fracking’s chemical cocktail by Sierra Crane-Murdoch High Country News, February 21, 2011.
  • Gas-well ordeal finally ends well
    Gas-well ordeal finally ends well by Joan Demirjian, February 16, 2011, Chagrin Valley Times It took three years to reach a settlement and finally closure for residents impacted by a leak from a gas well drilled off English Drive in Bainbridge. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, gas seeped into nearby water wells from the ...
  • North America versus Europe
    North America versus Europe Natural Gas Europe, February 15, 2011 George Eynon has seen it all. A member of the Board at the Energy Resources Conservation Board, which regulates the energy sector as authorized by various acts of the province of Alberta in Canada and the regulations under those acts. …“We make sure we’re up to date ...
  • Anschutz Exploration accused of contaminating water
    Anschutz Exploration accused of contaminating water by Cathy Proctor, February 14, 2011, Denver Business Journal A New York City law firm has filed suit against Anschutz Exploration Corp., alleging that the company and its subcontractors contaminated groundwater in the Horseheads, N.Y., area through their drilling operations. The oil and gas company is a division of The ...
  • Gas co. may be liable for water quality Federal judge rules in favor of Lenox Twp. families whose well pad was contaminated
    Gas co. may be liable for water quality Federal judge rules in favor of Lenox Twp. families whose well pad was contaminated by Matt Hughes, February 12, 2011, The Times Leader Lawyers for Southwestern Energy Production Co.,Houston,Texas, moved to dismiss a count of strict liability in the civil lawsuit filed against the company by 13 SusquehannaCounty families ...
  • Home, Sweet Home?
    Home, Sweet Home? by P. Fugazzotto, February 2, 2011, Air Hugger Can pollution from natural gas drilling or other heavy industry turn homes into “Unlivable Property”? Common sense would lead you to believe that something about this toxic soup of chemicals spewed into the ground would lead to chemical contamination of our water, our air and of ...
  • FRACKING THE KAROO THE PEOPLE SAY NO!
    FRACKING THE KAROO THE PEOPLE SAY NO! by Julienne du Toit, January 31, 2011 “We are not against responsible exploration or extraction; we are against Russian roulette.”
  • Unconventional Gas Regulatory Framework—Jurisdictional Review by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board
    Unconventional Gas Regulatory Framework—Jurisdictional Review by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board January 28, 2011. Report 2011-A Depths of prospective shale gas zones range from relatively shallow (less than 300 metres ) to quite deep (greater than 3000 m). In Alberta, there is potential for both shallow and deep shale gas plays. Drilling long-reach horizontal wells is the ...
  • Mt. Pleasant man loses latest appeal to stop farm’s sale
    Mt. Pleasant man loses latest appeal to stop farm’s sale by Christie Campbell, January 21, 2011, Observer Reporter A local man who claims gas drilling operations ruined his farm has lost his latest appeal in an attempt to stop the driller from purchasing his property. As a result, Range Resources has purchased Ron Gulla’s Mt. Pleasant ...
  • Inspectors found leaks at shale wells, government report says
    Inspectors found leaks at shale wells, government report says by Monique Beaudin, January 18, 2011, Montreal Gazette Government inspectors found natural gas leaks at nearly a dozen Quebec shale-gas wells in November and December that could potentially have caused water contamination or explosions, says a new document filed with the public consultation into shale-gas development. Inspectors ...
  • Shale gas moratorium in UK urged by Tyndall Centre
    Shale gas moratorium in UK urged by Tyndall Centre by Roger Harrabin, BBC News, January 16, 2011 “We are aghast that government accepted the assurances of industry on this while their own consultation had not even finished. There was a shale gas rush in the US and now they are looking into the implications – we need to ...
  • Settlement reached in gas-well incident
    Settlement reached in gas-well incident by Joan Demirjian, January 12, 2011, Chagrin Valley Times A lawsuit involving Ohio Valley Energy, which was brought by homeowners in Bainbridge affected by leaking methane gas from a gas and oil well, is close to settlement. Bainbridge Township also joined the lawsuit. Chardon attorney Dale Markowitz, who represents the homeowners ...
  • Schlumberger says technology will drive the European arena
    Schlumberger says technology will drive the European arena Natural Gas Europe, January 10, 2011 “…We have to be smarter and use what we’ve learned in North America, where we’ve drilled thousands of wells and many were poor. This model will not work elsewhere – neither the economics nor environment will justify it. We drilled some spectacular wells, ...
  • Leaks found in shale gas wells: Que. Report, 31 were inspected ‘and more than half have problems,’ says envrionmental expert
    Leaks found in shale gas wells: Que. Report, 31 were inspected ‘and more than half have problems,’ says envrionmental expert CBC News, January 5, 2011 Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources has found leaks in more than half the shale gas wells it inspected, according to a report compiled for the province’s environmental protection agency. Of 31 wells inspected, ...
  • Shale gas: a provisional assessment of climate change and environmental impacts
    Shale gas: a provisional assessment of climate change and environmental impacts by The Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester, January 2011 The analysis in this report clearly demonstrates that the risks associated with the cumulative impact of drilling sufficient wells to provide any meaningful contribution to the UK’s energy needs cannot be dismissed, however low they might be ...
  • Fracking Democracy A two-day spectacle carved into two-minute chunks
    Fracking Democracy A two-day spectacle carved into two-minute chunks by Sandra Steingraber, Orion Magazine, January/February 2011 Issue.
  • Cheney off the hook, but Halliburton pays for alleged bribes, The former vice president isn’t part of any lawsuits anymore, but Halliburton is paying for acts when Cheney was their CEO
    Cheney off the hook, but Halliburton pays for alleged bribes, The former vice president isn’t part of any lawsuits anymore, but Halliburton is paying for acts when Cheney was their CEO by Andrew Schenkel, December 23, 2010, Mother Nature Network The word “allegations,” in this case refers to Halliburton pleading guilty a year ago to claims ...
  • Resident files lawsuit against Encana, Chesapeake, Plaintiff claims ground water has been poisoned
    Resident files lawsuit against Encana, Chesapeake, Plaintiff claims ground water has been poisoned by Steve Knight Cleburne Times-Review, December, 21 2010. Testing results performed on the well ground water, the lawsuit stated, confirmed it was contaminated with various chemicals, including C-12-C28 hydrocarbons, similar to diesel fuel.
  • Dimock residents see “dirty tricks” in Cabot document
    Dimock residents see “dirty tricks” in Cabot document by Laura Legere, December 18, 2010, Citizens Voice Legal releases delivered Thursday by the gas company deemed responsible for methane contamination in Dimock Twp. water wells have some township residents accusing the driller of using “dirty, dirty tricks” to try to free itself of a lawsuit pending in ...
  • Texas Fracking Lawsuits Allege Water Contamination in the Barnett Shale
    Texas Fracking Lawsuits Allege Water Contamination in the Barnett Shale by Laurie, December 16, 2010, news inferno Two Texas lawsuits claim that hydraulic fracturing in the Barnett Shale has resulted in water contamination. One suit, filed on behalf of a Tarrant County resident, names Chesapeake Energy and Encana Oil & Gas as defendants. The second Texas ...
  • The Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel Report
    The Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel: Environmental and Health Impacts of Canada’s Oilsands Industry by Dr. Pierre Gosselin et al, December 15, 2010 The ERCB is the primary regulator which must make the public interest recommendation to the Alberta Cabinet. In it’s previous form as the Energy and Utilities Board (EUB), it experienced a serious incident ...
  • Dallas law firm brings lawsuits against 3 gas companies
    Dallas law firm brings lawsuits against 3 gas companies by dallasdrilling, December 15, 2010 In each case, Mitchell Vs. Encana Oil & Gas Inc., Chesapeake Operating Inc, and Chesapeake Exploration LLC; and Harris Vs. Devon Energy Production Company L.P., the Plaintiffs contend their ground water has been poisoned and its use destroyed by the Defendants’ drilling ...
  • North Texas Residents Lawsuits Claim Gas Drilling Contaminated Water
    North Texas Residents Lawsuits Claim Gas Drilling Contaminated Water by Jay Gormley, CBS 11 News, December 15, 2010 Five Residents who live near natural gas drilling sites have filed two lawsuits against three energy companies, accusing them of contaminating their drinking water with chemicals. “Plaintiffs could not continuously use their water for drinking and washing because ...
  • Natural Gas Field Fire May Burn Until Thursday, Crews Headed From Texas To Assess Situation
    Natural Gas Field Fire May Burn Until Thursday, Crews Headed From Texas To Assess Situation by Megan Jurgemeyer, December 12, 2010, The Denver Channel A fire that ignited early Sunday morning at a natural gas storage field near Byers may burn until Thursday, an El Paso Corporation spokesman said Monday. Officials say flames are about 15-to ...
  • Lawsuit filed against Chesapeake
    Lawsuit filed against Chesapeake by The Daily Review, December 11, 2010 A lawsuit was filed on Friday at the Bradford County Courthouse against Chesapeake Energy Corporation and one of its affiliates. According to the complaint, provided by attorneys Michael Gleeson of Archbald, Pa., Peter J. Cambs of Bonita Springs, Fla., Richard J. Arsenault of Alexandria, La., ...
  • Suit claims gas drilling contaminated drinking water
    Suit claims gas drilling contaminated drinking water by Lawrence Smith, December 10, 2010, Jackson Bureau, The West Virginia Record RIPLEY – A Jackson County family alleges the actions of four energy companies have not only damaged their property, but also their health. Dennis and Tamera Hagy filed a five-count lawsuit in against Equitable Production Company, Warren ...
  • EPA Orders Range Resources to Investigate Drinking Water Contamination in Parker County
    EPA Orders Range Resources to Investigate Drinking Water Contamination in Parker County December 7, 2010.
  • Crying foul over Calmar gas well, Calmar residents upset about lack of compensation, loss of property values
    Crying foul over Calmar gas well, Calmar residents upset about lack of compensation, loss of property values by Hanneke Brooymans, December 6, 2010, Edmonton Journal  Capital Excavating Ltd. works to disconnect the water and sewer lines on one of three homes in Calmar that are to be demolished by Imperial Oil. Photograph by: Brian Gavriloff, edmontonjournal.com Imperial Oil ...
  • North American experience does provide guidelines
    North American experience does provide guidelines Natural Gas Europe, December 5, 2010 “Understanding what you’re putting down there and what you’re flowing back. Sometimes we have chemical reactions that we can’t control.”
  • Judge denies gas driller’s motion to dismiss Dimock lawsuit
    Judge denies gas driller’s motion to dismiss Dimock lawsuit by Laura Legere, November 30, 2010, The Times-Tribune A federal judge has denied a motion by Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. to dismiss a case brought by Dimock Twp. residents who claim their health and property has been harmed by the company’s natural gas drilling activities. Cabot ...
  • Natural gas debate: Proposed water pipeline pits neighbor against neighbor in Dimock
    Natural gas debate: Proposed water pipeline pits neighbor against neighbor in Dimock by Jon Campbell, November 27, 2010, The Ithaca Journal DIMOCK, Pa. — Months of contentious debate. Ruined water wells. National attention. And a lawsuit. Just when it looked like the natural gas-drilling divide among residents in Dimock Township couldn’t get any worse, it did. ...
  • Testimony that hydraulic fracturing interfered with Rosebud groundwater to The Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Number 032, 3rd Session, 40th Parliament, Evidence
    Testimony that hydraulic fracturing interfered with Rosebud groundwater to The Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Number 032, 3rd Session, 40th Parliament, Evidence presented in Ottawa, November 18, 2010   Mr. Michael Binnion (President and Chief Executive Officer, Questerre Energy Corporation): In Alberta, regulations were put in place after an incident in Rosebud, Alberta. It was believed that some shallow ...
  • Contamination from Natural Gas Drilling Sparks Lawsuits, Investigations
    Contamination from Natural Gas Drilling Sparks Lawsuits, Investigations by Laurie Villanueva, November 18, 2010, news inferno Lawsuits and investigations involving water and other contamination associated with natural gas drilling, particularly hydraulic fracturing, are picking up momentum around the country. The national law firm of Parker Waichman Alonso LLP said yesterday that it and its partner firms, ...
  • The Pittsburgh Anti-Fracking Ordinance
    The Pittsburgh Anti-Fracking Ordinance On November 16, 2010, the Pittsburgh City Council voted unanimously to pass a local ordinance banning natural gas drilling in the city. Furthermore, the ordinance recognized rights that have never before been recognized in law, including the right of natural communities and ecosystems. City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
  • Pa. farmer: Natural gas drilling ‘a nightmare’
    Pa. farmer: Natural gas drilling ‘a nightmare’ by Derrick Ek, November 16, 2010, Corning Leader Elmira, N.Y. — Ron Gulla, a farmer from Hickory, Pa., says he had no idea what he was getting into when he leased his land for gas drilling. “When I saw what was happening on my property, I couldn’t believe it,” ...
  • Canada quits EnCana pipeline bomber hunt
    Canada quits EnCana pipeline bomber hunt by Chris Arsenault, November 12, 2010, Aljazeera From his farm house in northern Canada, Tim Ewert has watched hundreds of elite security forces hunt the bomber responsible for attacking six gas installations in the past two years. Then, he says, he watched most of Canada’s famed mounted police pack up ...
  • Texas Schools Allow Drilling for Gas, Students Fall Ill
    Texas Schools Allow Drilling for Gas, Students Fall Ill by Environmental Working Group, November 05, 2010, Opposing views On Sept. 27, the Forth Worth Star-Telegram’s Robert Cadwallader reported that Carrizo Oil and Gas – another Texas-based company, had set up a rig near South Davis Elementary in nearby Arlington, Texas. In late September, the school board ...
  • Tracer technology enhances production
    Tracer technology enhances production by Dick Ghiselin, November 3, 2010, E&Pmag, Hart Energy Oilfield tracers have been used for many years. But there is a renaissance in the tracer business that should provide valuable insight to guide today’s completion and production decision-making. There are many ways to evaluate production. One is to evaluate stimulation performance to ...
  • Marshall County Man Continues To Find Methane in His Water Well
    Marshall County Man Continues To Find Methane in His Water Well by Casey Junkins, October 30, 2010, News Register “My water well is now a gas well.” Magers previously said his water well became contaminated with methane – and that natural gas began bubbling in Fish Creek – shortly after Chesapeake Energy began its hydraulic fracturing ...
  • Marcellus Shale Gas Driller Named in Water Contamination Lawsuit
    Marcellus Shale Gas Driller Named in Water Contamination Lawsuit by Laurie, October 29, 2010, News Inferno A woman from Sugar Run, Pennsylvania has filed suit against Chesapeake Appalachia, LLP, alleging its drilling of nearby natural gas wells has contaminated her water supply. … In addition to Chesapeake Appalachia, the lawsuit names Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Nomac ...
  • River Bubbles, Contamination Claims in Bradford
    River Bubbles, Contamination Claims in Bradford by WBNG News, October 28, 2010 Terry Township, PA (WBNG Binghamton) More claims of gas drilling contaminating drinking water have prompted a lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy in Bradford County. Some believe the proof is in the Susquehanna River. Fears underground are rising to the surface near Wyalusing. Along the Susquehanna River, ...
  • EnCana donates $7 Million to the University of Wyoming, UW Breaks Ground on Energy Resources Center
    EnCana donates $7 Million to the University of Wyoming, UW Breaks Ground on Energy Resources Center by Wyoming Alumni, November 19, 2010 Encana Oil & Gas USA provided the largest private donation toward construction of the ERC, a $5 million commitment in 2007 that was matched by the state. In addition, Encana also gifted $2 million ...
  • Methane bubbling in Fish Creek
    Methane bubbling in Fish Creek by Casey Junkins, October 17, 2010, The Intelligencer “As soon as they ‘fracked’ those gas wells, that’s when my water well started getting gas in it,” Magers said…. Amid confirmed reports of drilling-related explosions, fires and gas leaks throughout Marshall County during the past few months, Magers now believes fracturing is ...
  • A fracking disaster in the making: Report
    A fracking disaster in the making: Report by Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, October 15, 2010.
  • 2010 10 14 Frack Conference at the Program on Water Issues, Munk School of Global Affairs: Legal Liability Issues: Investors, Industry and Governments
    2010  Fractured Lines: Will Canada’s Water be Protected in the Rush to Develop Shale Gas? by Ben Parfitt for the Program on Water Issues, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, October 14, 2010. Legal Liability Issues: Investors, Industry and Governments (Five Parts) Afternoon Session Panel. Panel members: Stephen Dvorkin, Partner, Dickstein  Shapiro LLP, New York, NY; Wally ...
  • EnCana Corporation facing criminal charges
    EnCana Corporation facing criminal charges by Adam Reaburn Energetic City, September 28, 2010. The Ministry of Environment has charged EnCana following a sour gas leak in November 2009. The Ministry has filed two charges against the company. The company is charged with introducing business-related waste into the environment and failing to report a spill of a polluting substance. … The ...
  • Nikiforuk: Pushing ‘the devil’s excrement’
    Pushing ‘the devil’s excrement’ by Andrew Nikiforuk, Sept 30, 2010, Financial PostRe: “Ethical Oil,” Peter Foster, Sept. 22 Both Peter Foster and Ezra Levant, two oil patch cheerleaders, don’t know much about the oil sands and even less about the corrosive influence of oil wealth on governments. When politicians and regulators go on autopilot and then ...
  • Private lab finds toxic chemicals in Dimock water
    Private lab finds toxic chemicals in Dimock water by Laura Legere, September 16, 2010, The Times-Tribune Water testing by a private environmental engineering firm has found widespread contamination of drinking water with toxic chemicals in an area of Dimock Twp. already affected by methane contamination from natural gas drilling. Reports of the positive test results first ...
  • Energy firm disputes contamination claim
    Energy firm disputes contamination claim by The Times-Tribune, September 16, 2010 A Houston company drilling for gas in Susquehanna County disputes that it contaminated drinking water for 13 families in Lenox Twp. On Tuesday, the families filed a lawsuit that said Southwestern Energy Production Co. leaked hazardous chemicals into their water, made them sick and damaged ...
  • Lawsuit: Gas Drilling Fluid Ruined PA. Water Wells
    Lawsuit: Gas Drilling Fluid Ruined PA. Water Wells by Dick Pryor, September 15, 2010, News oeta.tv ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Thirteen families in the heart of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale of northeastern Pennsylvania say their water wells have been contaminated by hazardous fluids blasted deep underground by fracking, a process used to free the gas. A lawsuit ...
  • Lawsuit: Gas drilling fluid ruined Pennsylavania water wells. Company and state officials deny any charges of contamination in the wells
    Lawsuit: Gas drilling fluid ruined Pennsylavania water wells. Company and state officials deny any charges of contamination in the wells by Michael Rubinkam and Mary Esch, AP News, September, 15 2010.
  • EnCana says drilling did not taint Wyoming water, says “extremely low” methane levels are naturally occurring
    EnCana says drilling did not taint Wyoming water by Jon Hurdle with editing by David Gregorio, September 8, 2010, Reuters Doug Hock, a spokesman for EnCana Corp., said government tests on 17 private water wells in the farming town of Pavillion, Wyoming, showed low levels of petroleum hydrocarbons, and inorganic substances that naturally occur. The U.S. ...
  • Natural Gas Operations from a Public Health Perspective
    Natural Gas Operations from a Public Health Perspective by Theo Colborn, Carol Kwiatkowski, Kim Schultz, and Mary Bachran, accepted for publication  September 4, 2010, in International Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 17 (2011): 1039-1056. For many years, drillers have insisted that they do not use toxic chemicals to drill for gas, only guar gum, mud, and ...
  • The Whole Fracking Enchilada Violating the bedrock, the atmosphere, and everything in between
    The Whole Fracking Enchilada Violating the bedrock, the atmosphere, and everything in between by Sandra Steingraber, published in the September/October 2010 issue of Orion magazine.