Global Frac News

  • Putting a value on injuries to natural assets: The BP oil spill. Who will put a value on injuries to natural assets, farms, families, communities from oil & gas onshore? April 25, 2017Jessica ErnstPutting a value on injuries to natural assets: The BP oil spill by Richard C. Bishop, Kevin J. Boyle, Richard T. Carson, David Chapman, W. Michael Hanemann, Barbara Kanninen, Raymond J. Kopp, Jon A. Krosnick, John List, Norman Meade, Robert Paterson, Stanley Presser, V. Kerry Smith, Roger Tourangeau, Michael Welsh, Jeffrey M. Wooldridge, Matthew DeBell, Colleen Donovan, Matthew Konopka and Nora Scherer, Science  21 Apr 2017: Vol. 356, Issue 6335, pp. 253-254, DOI: 10.1126/science.aam8124 Article Figures & Data Info & Metrics eLetters ...
  • AER’s $300 Billion Ponzi Scheme Closer to Fruition? Alberta Court of Appeal favours creditors over the environment, upholds Redwater decision. Did AER set this up to create horrific legal precedent to let companies hang their toxic pollution and massive damages on the public via the impotent Orphan Well Program? April 24, 2017Jessica ErnstCreditors over environment: Alberta Court of Appeal upholds Redwater Energy decision, Decision could affect handling of abandoned wells across Canada by Tracy Johnson, April 24, 2017, CBC News Related Stories Why the battle over one small oil company’s remains is being closely watched Sudden rule change to stem Alberta’s orphaned wells surprises industry Creditors vs. cleanup: Court case that rocked ...
  • No Duty of Care, Charter violating, Legally immune (even for acts in bad faith & gross negligence) AER fails again! Yet another crude oil pipeline spill into an Alberta waterway April 24, 2017Jessica ErnstPipeline break spills crude oil into Strathcona County creek, Spill contained before it could flow into North Saskatchewan River, Alberta Energy Regulator confirms by Zoe Todd, April 23, 2017, CBC News Four energy companies are cleaning up crude oil that spilled into an unnamed creek in Strathcona County on Friday. The creek, near 17th Street and Baseline Road, flows ...
  • AER escalating nothing to a grand total of nothing! Energy watchdog escalates scrutiny of pipeline operators with a voluntary form, for some. April 22, 2017Jessica ErnstComment Diana Daunheimer This is not increased scrutiny, but another flimsy, deluded PR move by the AER to convince the public they properly inspect, regulate and enforce the Pipeline Act, related directives and enactments. It’s comedic the AER is requesting voluntary disclosure by companies, when they should be in possession of all pipeline integrity information already, as ...
  • Shareholder/attorney in Colorado law firm warns Xiuhtezcatl Martinez’s victory will have tremendous impact on oil & gas development if not overturned. The American Petroleum Institute…will appeal even if the state doesn’t. April 21, 2017Jessica ErnstAttorney: Overturn justices’ gas ruling, Fears harmful industry impacts by Dennis Webb, April 19, 2017, The Daily Sentinel RIFLE — A March Colorado Court of Appeals ruling will have a tremendous impact on oil and gas development if not overturned by the state’s high court, an attorney said Wednesday. “It’s also part of a growing trend where courts are ...
  • Cenovus (Encana spawn) plans to accelerate drilling on acquired ConocoPhillips gas properties in NW Alberta and NE BC April 21, 2017Jessica ErnstCenovus plans to accelerate drilling on acquired ConocoPhillips gas properties by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press, April 21, 2017, Calgary Herald Cenovus Energy plans to ramp up the drilling of conventional gas wells on the lands it is buying from Houston-based ConocoPhillips in a $17.7-billion deal announced last month. The Calgary-based company intends to spend $650 million in 2019 ...
  • Ray Kemble sues Cabot Oil and Gas, claims the company contaminated his water and air: New Lawsuit Filed in Next Chapter of Dimock, Pennsylvania, Fracking Water Pollution Saga April 20, 2017Jessica ErnstNew Lawsuit Filed in Next Chapter of Dimock, Pennsylvania, Fracking Water Pollution Saga by Steve Horn, April 20, 2017, desmogblog.com On April 12, Dimock, Pennsylvania resident Ray Kemble filed a nuisance and negligence lawsuit against Marcellus Shale drilling company Cabot Oil and Gas for alleged contamination of his groundwater and air. Kemble lives around the corner from the embattled Carter ...
  • Welcome to Canadian “justice” in Hell: CSIS officials and Federal Justice Dept lawyers being taught to tell the truth and share information with courts! April 20, 2017Jessica ErnstCSIS officials, counsel learning to share information with courts by Colin Freeze, April 17, 2017, The Globe and Mail Faced with what is being called an “urgent need” to win back the trust of judges, federal-government spies and their lawyers are trying to learn how to be more forthcoming in court. [Do any of them, notably the ...
  • Research finds CBM (CSG) responsible for contaminating Condamine River with bubbling flammable methane, “methane emissions from below ground could increase significantly” April 20, 2017Jessica ErnstComments to posting of this post to Alberta Surface Rights Group Facebook Page: Melbourne research into Condamine River bubbling and CSG by Queensland Country Life, 18 Apr 2017 THE affects of coal seam gas (CSG) extraction causing the Condamine River to bubble are far from over with new research finding that methane emissions from below ground could increase ...
  • MUST READ Amazing New study: Hazardous Chemicals Go Unregulated in Routine Oil and Gas Operations. Chemical regulations that govern hydraulic fracturing do not apply to numerous other uses of same chemicals on oil & gas development fields. (The toxic secrecy is much worse in Canada) April 19, 2017Jessica ErnstOn a 2012 speaking tour in Michigan, citizens asked Ernst what was going to happen to all the toxic waste. Ernst replied, “We’ll be made to eat and drink it.” *** PDF of the complete paper For Immediate Release April 19, 2017 Contact: Alex Abu-Hakima, email hidden; JavaScript is required, (510) 250-3264 Hazardous Chemicals Go Unregulated in Routine Oil and Gas Operations Chemical regulations that govern ...
  • Scotland Frac Consultation: Nearly 90% of respondents want frac ban. 95% agreed fracking poses “too many risks relating to pollution of the earth, water and air, and increased seismic activity”, only 4% disagreed April 19, 2017Jessica Ernst‘87% BACKING’ FOR LABOUR BID TO BAN FRACKING IN SCOTLAND by Aberdeen Evening Express, April 19, 2017 Labour’s move to ban fracking in Scotland has been backed by nearly 90% of the public in a new consultation. Scottish Labour’s environment spokeswoman Claudia Beamish held the consultation to gauge support for her Member’s Bill to outlaw the controversial gas ...
  • Did the oil & gas industry write the proposed changes to Alberta’s Municipal Government Act? Cowardly threat-stabbing NDP! April 19, 2017Jessica ErnstMunicipal Act not a cure-all by Dave Mabell, April 18, 2017, Lethbridge Herald Poll Should municipalities have authority over oil and gas drilling within city limits? Results as per 10:10 pm April 18, 2017 They place more emphasis on environmental protection. But changes to the province’s Municipal Government Act offer no protection against oil or gas drilling in Lethbridge ...
  • Australia: AGL’s irrigation trial using CBM (CSG) waste water found to be ‘unsustainable’ or too toxic? It “left behind” (on what?) unacceptably high levels of salt and heavy metals April 18, 2017Jessica ErnstAGL’s irrigation trial using CSG waste water found to be ‘unsustainable’ by Peter Hannam, April 16, 2017, The Sydney Morning Herald AGL has ended its trial of using coal seam gas waste water for irrigation in northern NSW after regulators found it left behind unacceptably high levels of salt and heavy metals. [Where? In the animals the fodder was ...
  • Fortify? Globe and Mail: Study fortifies link between fracking and earthquakes in British Columbia April 18, 2017Jessica ErnstStudy fortifies link between fracking and earthquakes in British Columbia by Sunny Dhillon, April 17, 2017, The Globe and Mail A new study examining earthquakes in northeastern British Columbia strengthens the link between hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – and increased seismic activity, a research scientist says. The study, published in this month’s Bulletin of the Seismological Society ...
  • Nasty Read! How a Judge Scrapped Pennsylvania Families’ $4.24M Water Pollution Jury Verdict in Gas Drilling Lawsuit April 17, 2017Jessica ErnstHow a Judge Scrapped Pennsylvania Families’ $4.24M Water Pollution Verdict in Gas Drilling Lawsuit by Sharon Kelly and Steve Horn, April 11, 2017, Desmogblog.com For many residents of Carter Road in Dimock, Pennsylvania, it’s been nearly a decade since their lives were turned upside down by the arrival of Cabot Oil and Gas, a company whose Marcellus ...
  • PM Justin Trudeau on 35th anniversary of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms: “The Charter protects the rights and freedoms that are essential to our identity as Canadians. It allows us to express ourselves as individuals….” But not if Encana fracks your drinking water supply & the AER violates your Charter rights maliciously trying to silence you and prevent you from exposing the cover-up, & you seek your right to remedy from the Supreme Court of Canada. April 18, 2017Jessica ErnstCANADIANS HAVE CHARTER RIGHTS? CRIMINALS AND CORPORATIONS (THAT ALLEGEDLY KILL WORKERS) HAVE CHARTER RIGHTS. THE COURTS MAKE SURE OF IT. Civil Canadians trying to seek their right to remedy when their Charter rights are violated by the energy industry (via it’s enabling AER) do not. Just ask the Supreme Court of Canada. Third annual march celebrates Canadian Charter of Rights ...
  • Here come more frac quakes! Northeast B.C. ‘cautiously optimistic’ as natural gas drilling recovery takes hold April 16, 2017Jessica ErnstNortheast B.C. ‘cautiously optimistic’ as natural gas drilling recovery takes hold by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, April 16, 2017, Edmonton Journal CALGARY — Increasingly empty industrial yards around the northeastern B.C. city of Fort St. John are a welcome sign for Jennifer Moore. Moore, a regional economic development officer, says the return of parked ...
  • Corporate Greed Knows No Bounds, Especially in Alberta: Despite economic slowdown, Alberta work fatalities jump by 15 per cent last year April 16, 2017Jessica ErnstDespite economic slowdown, Alberta work fatalities jump by 15 per cent last year by Chris Varcoe, April 16, 2017, Calgary Herald As the provincial economy geared down last year, the number of Albertans who died on the job still went up, with workplace fatalities jumping 15 per cent. New Alberta government figures show 144 people died in 2016 ...
  • What Is It Like to Live Without Running Water? Recent study predicts that in next 5 years, more than 1/3 of Americans will not be able to afford water April 16, 2017Jessica ErnstNew WHO report raises alarm on dirty water, The World Health Organization says nearly two billion people on the planet do not have access to clear drinking water. The new report urges considerable increases in revenue to meet the growing demand for clean water by DW, April 13, 2017 More than one in four people on the planet ...
  • PEI Draft Water Act: ‘How come fracking isn’t in the legislation?’ Because the PEI government lied, like all governments in Canada lie when it comes to fracking, federally and provincially? April 14, 2017Jessica Ernst‘How come fracking isn’t in the legislation?’ public gives feedback on draft Water Act About 50 people showed up to the last of 4 public consultation meetings by Sarah MacMillan, April 13, 2017, CBC News About 50 people attended the province’s final public consultation meeting on the draft Water Act Wednesday evening in Pooles Corner. Environment Minister Robert ...
  • Australia Documentary by Brendan Shoebridge, The Bentley Effect, on Keeping Unconventional Gas Out, Tours Australia & UK: “It’s as simple as that, ‘Bugger Off!'” April 14, 2017Jessica ErnstWebsite: The Bentley Effect, The Story of a Social Movement   The Bentley Effect – Official Movie Teaser 3:46 Min. Full Film Length: 1:25:25 Release Date: April 17, 2017 [Refer also to: 2015 12 18: Community stops Australia’s NSW Northern Rivers CBM/CSG exploration & extraction; Metgasco shareholders reluctantly accepted $25 million settlement from govt to buy back licence 2015 10 15: “A terrible terrible ...
  • After decades of lies to landowners and the public by CAPP, industry & energy regulators, University of Guelph Study Proves Potentially Explosive Methane Leaks from Energy Wells Affects Groundwater, Travels Great Distances, Poses Safety Risks. Will the lies stop now? Not Likely. Will groundwater monitoring begin now? Not Likely. July 11, 2017Jessica ErnstMethane Leaks from Energy Wells Affects Groundwater, Travels Great Distances, Study Confirms, Researchers call for effective monitoring in Canada by Andrew Nikiforuk, April 12, 2017, TheTyee.ca A new University of Guelph study proves what many western Canadian landowners have long documented — that methane gas leaking from energy industry wells can travel great distances in groundwater and ...
  • Another Study! Federal and provincial scientists, BC OGC and AER Prove hydraulic fracturing directly caused (August 17, 2015) 4.6M frac quake in NE BC April 12, 2017Jessica ErnstFluid Injection and Seismic Activity in the Northern Montney Play, British Columbia, Canada, with Special Reference to the 17 August 2015 Mw 4.6 Induced Earthquake by Alireza Babaie Mahania, Ryan Schultzb, Honn Kaoc, Dan Walkerd, Jeff Johnsond, and Carlos Salasa, April 2017, Published online before print February 2017, doi: 10.1785/0120160175, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America Author Affiliations a. ...
  • AER at it again: Trying to make the public believe it’s a regulator. Energy watchdog escalates scrutiny of pipeline operators to reduce spills. When AER escalates nothing, it’s still nothing. April 11, 2017Jessica ErnstEnergy watchdog escalates scrutiny of pipeline operators to reduce spills by Reid Southwick, March 31, 207, Calgary Herald Alberta’s energy watchdog is escalating its scrutiny of pipeline operators with far more reviews of their ability to detect spills and prevent them from happening. The Alberta Energy Regulator said Friday it plans to review the pipeline safety systems of ...
  • Ireland: Parliamentary watchdog backs ban on fracking: “Risks outweigh the benefits.” Warned it would be “irresponsible to allow it” April 18, 2017Jessica ErnstFracking is irresponsible, Dáil inquiry says by Sean O’Driscoll, April 11 2017, The Times A parliamentary watchdog has backed a ban on fracking and warned that allowing such exploration would be irresponsible. … In its report, seen by The Times and to be published on Wednesday, the joint committee on communications, climate action and environment, said that uncertainty over how ...
  • Triple Nasty Liar? Purpose of Steve Harper’s Trade Deal with China? Alberta Company Northern Cross Ltd. filed $2.2-billion lawsuit against Yukon government over frac moratorium April 11, 2017Jessica ErnstSnaps taken April 11, 2017 of Northern Cross Yukon Ltd.’s website: That’s some “company.” Mammoth suit filed against Yukon government, Northern Cross Ltd. has filed a $2.2-billion lawsuit against the Yukon government over a fracking moratorium by Emily Blake, April 10, 2017, Whitehorse Star Northern Cross Ltd. has filed a $2.2-billion lawsuit against the Yukon government over a fracking ...
  • April 28, 2017, Vancouver Public Library, 7 – 9 pm: The Health Effects of LNG and Fracking, Event Organized by Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment BC April 9, 2017Jessica ErnstThe Health Effects of LNG and Fracking Event organized by Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment BC on April 28, 2017, eventbrite Fracking may have very significant effects on our health, from air and water pollution to climate change. Jurisdictions across the world are banning or putting a moratorium on fracking for health reasons, and we want to share ...
  • Must Watch! New German Documentary (with English Subtitles): The Tricks of the Oil and Gas Corporations/Die Tricks der Öl- und Gaskonzerne Verschmutzen und verharmlosen April 7, 2017Jessica ErnstMUST WATCH! The Tricks of the Oil and Gas Corporations 44:28 Min. Documentary by NDR.de, April 6, 2017, English subtitles by Charlie Williams Die Tricks der Öl- und Gaskonzerne Verschmutzen und verharmlosen by NDR.de, March 6, 2017 Oil and gas producers like ExxonMobil are promising safe production and install their drilling rigs throughout Northern Germany. However, this documentary shows that things go wrong on a ...
  • New Trend? Bill to ban most fracking in Nevada wins approval by 7-4 vote April 7, 2017Jessica ErnstBill would ban most fracking in Nevada by Sean Whaley, April 6, 2017, CARSON CITY — A bill to ban fracking on non-federal lands in Nevada won approval in an Assembly Committee on Thursday after being amended to grandfather in existing permittees. Assembly Bill 159 as approved by the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Committee would maintain the validity ...
  • Ohio: Fracking Suspended Near Wayne National Forest After 3.0M Earthquake. UK suspends fracking when it creates 0.5M earthquakes, Alberta & BC at 4.0M April 6, 2017Jessica ErnstInvestigation Continues Into Earthquake Near Wayne National Forest Fracking Sites by Gabe Rosenberg & Sam Hendren, April 5, 2017, WOSU Public Radio Oil and gas drilling operations in southeastern Ohio were shut down on Sunday after a 3.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Wayne National Forest, according to the Ohio Environmental Council. The state continues to investigate ...
  • What will President Trump do? Build a tall wall to block out the sun? Kentucky Coal Mining Museum switches to solar power: “We believe that this project will help save at least $8,000 to $10,000 off the energy costs on this building alone, so it’s a very worthy effort” April 6, 2017Jessica ErnstKentucky Coal Mining Museum switches to solar power by Travis M. Andrews, The Washington Post, April 6, 2017, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Housed in a former commissary building and tucked into the hollers of Harlan County – the heart of Kentucky mining country – is a museum dedicated to all aspects of extracting coal from the state’s mountains. Mining equipment decorates ...
  • AER continues to let tarsands companies off the hook for not readying their waste lakes for clean up. Who’s surprised? 13 years after Encana broke the law, fracked Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers, AER still not making Encana clean up April 6, 2017Jessica ErnstOilsands showdown coming over cleanup of tailings ponds: report by Bob Weber, March 30, 2017, Calgary Herald EDMONTON – Alberta’s oilsands could be heading for another showdown over tailings ponds after an independent assessment found that the cleanup plans of six major operators don’t meet new rules. [Why heed the rules with legally immune (even for ...
  • Republican Maryland governor signs fracking ban into law April 5, 2017Jessica ErnstMaryland governor signs fracking ban into law by Brian Witte, AP, April 4, 2017, The Washington Post Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill Tuesday to ban the hydraulic fracturing drilling process known as fracking in Maryland, the first state where a legislature has voted to bar the practice that actually has natural gas reserves. The Republican ...
  • New University of Guelph study on methane migration in sand aquifer in Ontario: “Potentially explosive methane gas leaking from energy wells may travel extensively through groundwater and pose a safety risk” September 21, 2019Jessica ErnstPotentially explosive methane gas mobile in groundwater, poses safety risk: U of G study, Methane that leaks into atmosphere a powerful greenhouse gas by University of Guelph, April 5, 2017 Summary: Potentially explosive methane gas leaking from energy wells may travel extensively through groundwater and pose a safety risk, according to a new study. It will also escape ...
  • Lexin & AER, Both a Disgusting Mess. Ralph Klein’s multibillion dollar liability is about to blow up in Alberta’s face. Or did it years ago but Albertans were too greedy & selfish to care? April 5, 2017Jessica ErnstRefer first to (will be interesting to see who gets discovery documents first, Ernst or AER): 2017 04 04: How many years will it take for Encana to heed Alberta’s Rules of Court and respect the parties’ 2014 agreed-upon Protocol for Electronic Discovery? Case “Management” Alberta Style! Klippenstein’s April 4, 2017 letter to Encana’s lawyer, Maureen Killoran with ...
  • Hypocrites! Health Canda wants “expanded powers” to strengthen regulation of natural health products but not toxic frac chemicals – not even to make companies disclose their secret frac brews to families breathing them! Not even to disclose Health Canada’s own frac health hazard report! April 5, 2017Jessica ErnstHealth Canada wants to strengthen regulation of natural health products by Caly Weeks, March 31, 2017, The Globe and Mail Health Canada wants expanded powers that would allow it to pull dangerous cosmetics and natural health products from store shelves and increase fines for companies that sell those risky goods, part of a major overhaul of the ...
  • As millions are sickened with thousands dying from oil & gas industry fumes and London Taxi Company rolls out new electric taxi, Oil industry mulls its long-term fate as electric cars set to take over April 5, 2017Jessica ErnstEvolution or revolution, change is inevitable for auto sector by Chris Varcoe, April 4, 2017, Calgary Herald Standing in front of a classic 1932 Auburn sedan and just a few feet from a shiny new Tesla Model X, Larry Burns surveys the past — and future — of the global automobile industry. Electric, self-driving vehicles will power the future, ...
  • Brilliant take down by Diana Daunheimer of Wildrose Party MLA Prasad Panda’s Alberta Oil Promo Piece: “Canada should put a stop to importing oil” July 26, 2019Jessica ErnstDiana Daunheimer on March 27, 2017 There are so many misconceptions and lack of understanding presented here about our resource realities in Alberta, of which Mr. Panda is either wilfully or negligently ignorant, or simply a talking head for TransCanada and CAPP. Many people argue we need refining and upgrading in the province, Alberta currently has 5 ...
  • Justice & Illegal Dumping for all? Investigation reveals oil & gas drilling waste dumped illegally (even after told to stop) at multiple Fayette County locations, including Magisterial District Judge Richard Kasunic II’s office and a Dairy Queen March 31, 2017Jessica ErnstInvestigation reveals oil and gas drilling waste dumped at local magistrate, Dairy Queen by Alyssa Choiniere, Mar 29, 2017, Herald Standard An investigation conducted by the Office of the Attorney General revealed oil and gas industry waste was illegally dumped at multiple Fayette County locations, including Dairy Queen property in Uniontown and a magistrate’s office. John Ashley Joseph, 45, of Connellsville ...
  • Alberta children at risk from deadly radon gas in their schools? Radon testing done in schools across Canada to survey for cancer risk, only 1% of Alberta schools tested. What’s Alberta hiding? Too many decades of fracking, waste injection & enhanced oil recovery release too much radon in Alberta? March 31, 2017Jessica ErnstComment to posting of this post on Alberta Surface Rights Group Facebook Page: Rob Schwartz Perhaps Alberta’s lack of testing for radon might have a lot to do with the venting , flaring , land spreading , and oilfield solids disposal and flowback fluids handling expectations as required by the AER. I find it more than interesting ...
  • Pennsylvania “Environmental” Regulator Sues Communities for Trying to Protect Their Environment and Banning Frac Waste Injection Wells March 31, 2017Jessica ErnstPennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection Sues Towns for Trying to Protect Their Environment by Rural America in These Times, March 30, 2017 Fracking injection wells, which blast millions of gallons of water mixed with chemicals deep underground to expand fissures in the rock, have triggered earthquakes and polluted drinking water in several states. In order to ...
  • Terrible News! Another jury award overturned on a frac harm lawsuit: Federal Judge overturns $4.24M unanimous jury award in methane contamination of Ely & Hubert drinking water after fracking by Cabot Oil and Gas Co. Orders new trial if settlement not reached. April 3, 2017Jessica ErnstNew Trial Ordered Over Bad Evidence In Cabot Fracking Case by Ryan Boysen, March 31, 2017, Law360 Last year’s upset trial victory by a solo practitioner facing off against megafirm Norton Rose Fulbright in a yearslong groundwater contamination suit may have been too good to be true after all, with a Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday ...
  • Australia Esso Longford plant: Toxic PFAS chemicals found in dam and groundwater March 30, 2017Jessica ErnstEsso Longford plant: Potentially toxic chemical found in dam and groundwater by Emma Field, March 22, 2017, The Weekly Times UPDATE: A POTENTIALLY toxic chemical has been found in a dam and groundwater at gas company Esso’s Longford plant, which is surrounded by vegetable and livestock farms. The Environment Protection Authority Victoria today confirmed it had found a ...
  • Neal Livingston’s first feature film, 100 Short Stories, wins Energy Award by Cinema Verde, one of the top 6 environmental film festivals in the USA March 30, 2017Jessica ErnstPress Release – for Immediate Release March 30, 2017 Cape Breton Nova Scotia filmmaker Neal Livingston is pleased to advise that, 100 Short Stories has won the Energy Award, by Cinema Verde, one of the top 6 environmental film festivals in the USA. 2017.3.24 Cinema Verde Awards 2017 100 Short Stories is Livingston’s first feature film. Energy Award: 100 Short ...
  • South Africa: Government approves fracking in the Karoo March 30, 2017Jessica ErnstGovernment gives green light for shale gas fracking in Karoo by Jenna Etheridge, March 30, 207, News24 Cape Town – The government has given the go-ahead for shale gas development in the Karoo region, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday. He revealed this during a community engagement on shale gas development in Richmond, in the Northern ...
  • University of Calgary Study: Deadly levels of radon gas in one in eight Calgary homes – that may dramatically increase after companies get fracking March 30, 2017Jessica ErnstStudy finds deadly radon gas exceeds safe levels in one of eight Calgary homes by Shawn Logan, March 29, 2017, Calgary Herald An invisible killer is lurking inside one in every eight Calgary homes, an alarming University of Calgary study has found. The research, published in Wednesday’s CMAJ Open journal, tested radon levels in 2,382 homes in Calgary and ...
  • “Poor” Cenovus (Encana spawn) buying most of ConocoPhillips Canadian Assets for $17.7 Billion, Suffield Block up for sale. “We will expect our Canadian Forces to hold a party of hotdogs and beans to celebrate getting rid of a major Canadian polluter!!” March 30, 2017Jessica ErnstSubject: encana (now cenovus) selling suffield to help buy conocophillips’ canadian assets (at $17.7 billion) Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:54:31 -0600 From: Stewart Shields <email hidden; JavaScript is required> To: email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, letters <email hidden; JavaScript is required>, Liberal Canada <email hidden; JavaScript is required>, email hidden; JavaScript is required CC: brian mason <email hidden; JavaScript is required>, Calgary MountainView email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, Office of the Premier ...
  • Republic of Ireland: Sligo county councillors voted unanimously (against Chief Executive Ciaran Hayes!) for the second time to retain ban on fracking in county development plan March 27, 2017Jessica ErnstSligo to retain ban on fracking in county development plan, Council chief, backing activity, cites conflict between national and local government needs by Marese McDonagh, March 27, 2017, Irish Times Rural fracking. Cllr Declan Bree said the ban had been welcomed by the Sligo community “who fully recognise the dangers fracking poses to water quality, to human safety and ...
  • Maryland Senate voted 35-10 to ban fracking March 27, 2017Jessica ErnstMaryland lawmakers vote to ban fracking by Associated Press, March 27, 2017, WBAL Maryland lawmakers voted Monday to ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas, a process better known as fracking. The Senate voted 35-10 for a measure that already has been approved by the House. That sends the bill to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who ...
  • Canadians value, worry about country’s supply of fresh water, But not oil soaked Albertans March 24, 2017Jessica ErnstCanadians value, worry about country’s supply of fresh water: poll by Shawn McCarthy, March 20, 2017, The Globe and Mail Canadians see fresh water as the country’s most important resource, but worry the country faces a growing risk to the quality and adequate supply of clean water, a new poll from the Royal Bank of ...
  • Mortgage Denied! “Long form valuation has revealed 4 gas wells on the land, making the security unacceptable for residential lending purposes” March 24, 2017Jessica Ernst
  • North Dakota oil spill in creek 3 times larger than first estimated, “making it one of the most significant pipeline spills in North Dakota history” March 24, 2017Jessica ErnstOil spill in creek originally underestimated, making it one of largest in North Dakota history by Amy Dalrymple, March 23, 2017, The Bismark Tribune This Dec. 10 photo by the North Dakota Department of Health shows an oil spill from the Belle Fourche Pipeline that was discovered Dec. 5 in Ash Coulee Creek, a tributary of the ...
  • Firefighters: Increased disclosure needed for fracking emergencies: “Not requiring fracking companies to disclose trade secret chemicals to those we entrust with our safety, even during a disaster, is just plain irresponsible.” March 24, 2017Jessica ErnstFirefighters: Increased disclosure needed for fracking emergencies by Marc Kovac, March 23, 2017, Twinsburg Bulletin COLUMBUS — A Youngstown firefighter urged state lawmakers March 22 to require increased disclosure to emergency responders of chemicals used in horizontal hydraulic fracturing. Sil Caggiano, deputy chief for Mahoning ...
  • Addams Family Actor John Astin speaks out against fracking: “There’s nothing funny about poisoning drinking water” March 24, 2017Jessica ErnstAddams Family Actor Lends Voice to Fracking Opposition, In an ad, John Astin said there’s nothing funny about poisoning drinking water by Associated Press, March 23, 2017, NBC Boston The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the gas drilling process known as fracking is no joke. John Astin, a Baltimore native and comedian who ...
  • AMAZING! JUSTICE SERVED IN COLORADO USA (UNLIKE IN CANADA): Colorado appeals court says state must protect health & environment before allowing oil & gas drilling, Court sided with Boulder teen Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Ruled protection of public health & environment is “a condition that must be fulfilled” March 23, 2017Jessica ErnstRuling might force Colorado to block drilling within cities Press Release by Bruce Baizel, Earth Works, March 23, 2017 Denver, March 23 -Today the Colorado Court of Appeals (in a 2-1 decision) held that the Oil and Gas Conservation Act makes oil and gas development conditional on protection of public health, safety, and welfare. “Today’s court ruling ...
  • Frack ban advances to Maryland Senate floor March 23, 2017Jessica ErnstFracking ban advances to Maryland Senate floor by Josh Hicks, March 22, 2017, The Washington Post  A bill to ban hydraulic fracturing in Maryland cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, days after Gov. Larry Hogan (R) surprised advocates by endorsing the ban. The state Senate’s environmental committee voted 8-3 in favor of the House bill, with one of ...
  • Another oil spill in Alberta, this time under NEB’s “watch.” Officials investigating oil spill near Strathcona County Enbridge facility March 21, 2017Jessica ErnstOfficials investigating oil spill near Strathcona County Enbridge facility by Edmonton Journal with files from Canadian Press, March 21, 2017 Enbridge continued clean-up operations Tuesday of a synthetic crude oil spill from a tank valve at its Edmonton terminal in Strathcona County the day before. An undisclosed amount of oil flowed off Enbridge’s property into a neighbouring industrial site ...
  • Chartered Insurance Institute warns on growing fracking risks March 21, 2017Jessica ErnstChartered Insurance Institute warns on growing fracking risks by Intelligent Insurer, March 20, 2017 Insurers need to prepare for the impact of increased onshore fracking on UK households and businesses as there are currently no policies in the market that cover it, according to a Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) report. The CII’s claims faculty new generation group ...
  • Cleanup, testing underway after Husky pipeline leaks crude into Cox Hill Creek, west of Bragg Creek, in recreation area; Legally immune AER, with no public health or interest mandate, shows up too late to the scene of the crime, yet again. March 23, 2017Jessica ErnstHusky oil spill west of Bragg Creek estimated at 25,000 litres by The Canadian Press, March 23, 2017, Calgary Herald Husky Energy says about 25,000 litres of crude oil leaked from one of its pipelines near Bragg Creek last week. Spokesman Mel Duvall said in an email to The Canadian Press that cleanup at the site at Cox Hill ...
  • Frack “Pump & Pray” Research & Development: Cut safe practices to increase profits? ConocoPhillips to test new fracking tech, Working on pilot project with service providers to develop cost-effective multi-lateral fracking March 18, 2017Jessica ErnstConocoPhillips to test new fracking tech, Supermajor working on pilot project with service providers to develop cost-effective multi-lateral fracking technology with test planned later this year by Noah Brenner, 17 Mar 2017, upstreamonline ConocoPhillips is working with major service companies to develop technology that will make it easier to fracture multi-lateral wellbores and plans its first test of the ...
  • Governor Larry Hogan announces support for frack ban in Maryland with what might be the strongest anti-fracking statement a Republican governor has ever made March 18, 2017Jessica ErnstThis might be the strongest anti-fracking statement a Republican governor has ever made by Emily Atkin, March 17, 2017, New Republic This might be the strongest anti-fracking statement a Republican governor has ever made. Democratic lawmakers in Maryland have long been pushing legislation that would issue a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, a controversial practice which ...
  • Bravo! Brava! Spain! Frack bubble bursts, Five companies give up in face of opposition March 18, 2017Jessica ErnstSpain’s fracking bubble bursts, Five companies give up shale gas extraction plans in face of opposition and low prices by Manuel Planelles, 16 MAR 2017, elpais.com At the beginning of the decade, five companies began eyeing Spain’s underground resources, promising that the US shale boom could be reproduced on the Iberian peninsula. The conservative government of the Popular Party (PP) ...
  • Frac bribery not working in South Australia the way it does in Alberta (and Albertans fall for much much less) March 15, 2017Jessica ErnstSouth East farmers oppose gas royalty deal amid fracking push by Belinda Willis, March 15, 2017, The Advertiser SOUTH-EAST farmers lobbying against fracking on their land say the promise of 10 per cent of royalties for any gas sold from their properties won’t change their minds. Tantanoola farmer Peter Altschwager said the majority of South-East farmers opposed fracking ...
  • Listen to the podcast, Ryan Young with Ecolibrium on CKUT 90.3fm out of Montreal interviews Jessica Ernst March 14, 2017Jessica ErnstRyan Young with Ecolibrium on CKUT 90.3fm out of Montreal interviews Jessica Ernst March 14, 2017, 11 am Eastern Time. Podcast  Interview starts after some music. 64 kbps  128 kbps  On every Tuesday on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal and on the world wide web at www.ckut.ca. Ecolibrium covers a wide array of both local and international environmental topics and has brought ...
  • Texas: Natural gas leaks (from aging leaking gas well?) into abandoned water well in Denton; state investigates (Wanna bet the regulator & company owning the leaking gas well blame nature?) March 12, 2017Jessica ErnstNatural gas leaks from abandoned water well in Denton; state investigates by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, March 10, 2017, Denton Chronicle A small hole formed in an aging natural gas well in southern Denton last fall. Instead of traveling up the casing into gas gathering pipelines, the methane and other hydrocarbons escaped underground. Powered by pressure from the well, the ...
  • Another wow! Maryland House votes (97-40) to ban fracking by veto-proof margin March 10, 2017Jessica ErnstMaryland House votes to ban fracking by veto-proof margin by Michael Dresser, March 10, 2017, The Baltimore Sun The Maryland House voted to ban the natural gas extraction method known as fracking. The House of Delegates voted by a veto-proof margin on Friday to ban in the natural gas extraction method known as fracking in Maryland, sending the bill ...
  • MUST WATCH! Excellent 5 Min News Clip. Texas: Scientists link fracking to methane contamination and explosion of Cody Murray’s water well July 6, 2019Jessica ErnstScientists link fracking and water well explosion in Palo Pinto County by Brett Shipp, March 9, 2017, WFAA New information has surfaced in the water well explosion in the summer of 2014 injuring three members of a Palo Pinto County family. According to new scientific studies commissioned by the family, and included in newly filed court papers, ...
  • Bullies! Chevron, Aera Energy Sue to Block Monterey County, California’s Voter-Approved Frack Ban; Lakes Oil sues Victoria gov’t (Australia) for $2.7 billion in lost future possible profits because of frack ban March 8, 2017Jessica ErnstChevron, Aera Energy Sue to Block Monterey County, California’s Voter-Approved Ban on Fracking by Larry Buhl, March 7, 2017, desmog.blog.com Last November, voters of Monterey County, California, passed a fracking ban known as Measure Z with 56 percent of the vote, despite being outspent 30-to-1 by the industry-backed group, Monterey County Citizens for Energy Independence. Passing Measure ...
  • Wow Florida! Senate reversed years of opposition to statewide ban on oil & gas fracking, Advancing bill to prohibit fracking in Florida April 26, 2017Jessica ErnstThis post is dedicated to Australia’s Anne Daw. Fracking ban in Florida gets early Senate support by Mary Ellen Klas, March 7, 2017, Miami Herald The Florida Senate reversed years of opposition to a statewide ban on oil and gas fracking and advanced a bill Tuesday that will prohibit the controversial practice in Florida. Just hours after opening ...
  • WOW! Australia: Fracking Banned in Victoria, Giving Certainty to Farmers (& families, communities, food, land, water & air!) March 8, 2017Jessica Ernst Tweets by Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews Community campaign wins permanent #fracking ban in Victoria reports @takvera by John Englart, March 7, 2017, nofibs.com.au To ensure it’s clean green reputation of it’s agricultural sector, and to guarantee the health of rural farming communities Victoria became the first Australian state officially banning fracking. It was motivated by a strong community ...
  • Pawnee Nation Sues 27 Oklahoma Oil Companies in Tribal Court Over Earthquake Damage March 10, 2017Jessica ErnstPawnee Nation Sues Oklahoma Oil Companies in Tribal Court Over Earthquake Damage by The Associated Press, March 4, 2017, The New York Times OKLAHOMA CITY — A Native American tribe here has filed a lawsuit in its own tribal court system accusing several oil companies of causing an earthquake that damaged near-century-old tribal buildings. The Pawnee Nation alleges ...
  • Cody Murray & family still waiting on Texas energy regulator after their methane contaminated water well exploded in 2014, injuring Cody, his daughter and others. Murrays expect to be in trial by October 2017, three years after the explosion. Compare to Ernst lawsuit in it’s 10th year, nowhere near discovery yet, never mind trial March 10, 2017Jessica ErnstYears after well explosion, Texas family still waiting for answers from agency by Jim Malewitz, March 6, 2017, The Texas Tribune A North Texas family is still waiting for answers about whether nearby gas production caused their water well to explode and why the Railroad Commission seemed to miss early signs that something like this could happen ...
  • Howard Zinn: Insisting on the Rights of Everyone Everywhere. “We are not given our liberties by the Bill of Rights, certainly not by the government which either violates or ignores those rights. We take our rights, as thinking, acting citizens.” March 4, 2017Jessica ErnstInsisting on the Rights of Everyone Everywhere by Howard Zinn, January 24, 2017, Howard Zinn Website I was one of the speakers at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston (though named after an early slave trader, it was the scene of many meetings of anti-slavery groups before the Civil War) in 1991, when the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts ...
  • Oil and Gas Lobby Fights California Regulators to Keep Injecting Drilling Wastewater into Protected Aquifers November 20, 2019Jessica Ernst US EPA Takes Frac Deregulation to the Extreme: California and EPA Poised to Increase Oil and Gas Waste Injection into Protected Aquifers, Even as Need for Safe Groundwater Grows Will waste water kill fracing? EPA bans disposal of frac waste at public treatment plants. Injecting it causes seismicity, recycling it is costly, using it to irrigate ...
  • WPX Energy Appalachia, shale gas frac’er, fined $1.2 Million for contaminating drinking water in Westmoreland PA. How much does Alberta fine Encana for illegally frac’ing and contaminating Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers? Zero. March 2, 2017Jessica ErnstShale gas driller fined $1.2M for contaminating drinking water in Westmoreland by Don Hopey, February 28, 2017, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette More than four years after a WPX Energy Appalachia wastewater impoundment leaked and contaminated the drinking water of five Westmoreland County families, the shale gas company has agreed to pay the state a $1.2 million penalty. But the families ...
  • Albania’s deputy prime minister declares villagers with homes damaged by Canada’s Bankers Petroleum to get full compensation. What do frac harmed in Canada get? Regulator fraud & cover-up; bullying, intimidation & harassment by authorities, even RCMP; secrets & lies; cowardly elected officials enabling more harms; AER violating Charter rights with Supreme Court of Canada fabricating “facts” for the AER March 1, 2017Jessica ErnstFracking or not, Albanian village to get compensation for damaged houses by Benet Koleka, March 1, 2017, Reuters Albanian villagers who accuse an energy company of damaging their homes by fracking will get full compensation, the country’s deputy prime minister said on Wednesday. A group of the villagers from western Albania walked more than 100 kilometers (62 ...
  • Pennsylvania Regulator links earthquakes directly to fracking March 1, 2017Jessica ErnstDEP links Lawrence County earthquakes to fracking by Laura Legere, February 16, 2017, Post Gazette A series of small earthquakes in Lawrence County last year appear to have been linked to fracking operations at nearby Utica Shale wells, Pennsylvania regulators said today. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced the conclusion in an advisory for an online event ...
  • Pawnee Oklahoma’s 5.8M earthquake caused river to rise. Not just waste injection causing earthquakes in Oklahoma, frac’ing causing them too, like in BC & Alberta April 18, 2017Jessica Ernst River’s Rise Linked to Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake by Sarah Witman, January 13, 2017, Geophysical Research Letters, EOS Earth & Space Science News 98 doi.org/10.1029/2017EO066231 As human-induced earthquakes increase in frequency and magnitude, researchers race to uncover their effects on surface water and groundwater. Earthquakes do much more than literally make the earth quake. The shifting of massive sheets of rock ...
  • Man-Made Frac Quakes Could Threaten 3.5 Million Americans in 2017: USGS Report March 1, 2017Jessica Ernst2017 One‐Year Seismic‐Hazard Forecast for the Central and Eastern United States from Induced and Natural Earthquakes by Mark D. Petersen, Charles S. Mueller, Morgan P. Moschetti, Susan M. Hoover, Allison M. Shumway, Daniel E. McNamara, Robert A. Williams, Andrea L. Llenos, William L. Ellsworth, Andrew J. Michael, Justin L. Rubinstein, Arthur F. McGarr, and Kenneth S. ...
  • Three years after inquiry held after many years of AER enabling industry’s poisoning of families, Alberta regulator many years too late releases rules on heavy oil’s toxic air pollution (AER calls it “odors”). Will industry give a damn? Will AER enable “rule” violations as usual? February 24, 2017Jessica ErnstAlberta energy regulator releases rules on heavy oil odours by Bob Webber, The Canadian Press, February 24, 2017, Edmonton Journal CALGARY – Alberta’s energy regulator has set new rules to deal with long-standing complaints about powerful, gassy smells from heavy oil operations in the Peace River region. The rules, released late Thursday, grew out of a 2014 ...
  • Alberta slashes pay, perks and bonuses for CEOs at agencies, boards, commissions. Two years from now, Jim Ellis, CEO of AER, will have his pay cut from $721,680 to $396,720, still grossly excessive for what he does and does not do February 24, 2017Jessica ErnstAlberta slashes pay, perks and bonuses for CEOs at agencies, boards and commissions, The changes affect CEOs at 23 agencies, boards and commissions by Michelle Bellefontaine, Feb 24, 2017, CBC News Chief executive officers at 23 of Alberta’s agencies, boards and commissions are getting pay cuts, in some cases losing hundreds of thousands of dollars, as the ...
  • Citizen in Dugald, Manitoba writes Premier Rachel Notley on Supreme Court of Canada ruling Ernst can’t sue for her valid charter claim against AER: “Alberta eats its own.” February 22, 2017Jessica ErnstDugald, Manitoba R0E 0K0   February 14, 2017   Premier Rachel Notley 307 Legislature Building 10800-97 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6 Dear Premier Notley, I guess most people understand why Jane Fonda was dumped on so thoroughly for her concerns about the tar sands. I guess. After all, she was from Beverly Hills and, really, has no right to be concerned about the health of the ...
  • AER reacting again to heaps of bad press? Cherry picking data for public display? Do you trust the lying, Charter violating, legally immune, fraudulent pollution enabling AER? Energy deregulator starts tracking company performance to try to reduce pipeline spills. Why now, decades too late? September 26, 2019Jessica ErnstSubject: Wow!! The Transparency And Public Info. Is Incredible !! Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:32:41 -0700 From: Stewart Shields To: email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, brian mason email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, letters email hidden; JavaScript is required, Liberal Canada email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required CC: Calgary MountainView email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, Debbie carlson email hidden; JavaScript is required, Doreen Mueller email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, innisfail <email hidden; JavaScript is required, jessica ernst email hidden; JavaScript is required, Lacombe Ponoka email hidden; JavaScript is required, email hidden; JavaScript is required, little email hidden; JavaScript is required, mccallum email hidden; JavaScript is required, ...
  • Northern Ireland: SDLP pledge to introduce permanent ban on fracking February 22, 2017Jessica ErnstSDLP pledge to introduce permanent ban on fracking by Derry Now, February 21, 2017 SDLP Foyle Assembly candidate and former Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has said his party fundamentally opposes the introduction of fracking in Northern Ireland – and has pledged to develop legislation to permanently ban all exploration and extraction of shale gas through ...
  • Alberta NDP defeated again (as they did in 2016) resolution calling for moratorium on fracking, even defeated a friendly amendment to do in-depth independent study of adverse effects. “Jobs” & corporate profits trump public health & water yet again. But in the oil patch, jobs are being left behind: “I don’t see a future.” … “Pretty soon every rig will have one worker and a robot.” March 8, 2017Jessica ErnstPROPOSED  RESOLUTION – THAT WAS AGAIN DEFEATED (AS IT WAS IN 2016) ON FEBRUARY 11, 2017, NDP Provincial Council, University of Calgary–  NATURAL RESOURCE EXPLORATION AND EXTRACTION INVOLVING HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING WHEREAS  horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” has been banned or placed under moratorium in several countries, three U.S. states and three Canadian provinces WHEREAS  recent ...
  • Frack ban coming to PEI? February 21, 2017Jessica ErnstFracking ban coming in act? by Andrew Lush
, Don’t Frack PEI Steering Committee, February 17, 2017, The Guardian.pe.ca Surely there can no longer be any doubt that high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) causes unacceptable damage to human and environmental health, our plans to combat climate change and the social fabric of communities. The draft P.E.I. Water Act will be released ...
  • “Alberta Model” Quebec’s Frac Frenzy Free-for-all Deregulation Bill 106: Vue en coupe d’un règlement qui nous prend pour des idiots March 11, 2017Jessica ErnstCross sectional view of a regulation that takes us for idiots by Pierre Brignaud “Do you think we should have our water tested? It smells weird.” “Don’t worry. They are the required minimum distance from a house and more than a kilometre away.” Questerre Energy Corporation (“Questerre” or the “Company”) (TSX,OSE:QEC) reported today on the resource assessment (the ...
  • Cenovus (split from Encana after Ernst lawsuit papers served on the company) continues hoarding with $3.7B cash February 22, 2017Jessica ErnstCenovus aims to conserve $3.7B cash hoard amid calls for dividend hike by Geoffrey Morgan, The Canadian Press, February 16, 2017, Calgary Herald CALGARY – Oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. learned tough lessons through the oil price collapse and is now resisting investor pressure to spend the cash it worked hard to save during the downturn. Cenovus president and ...
  • Brilliant! MUST LISTEN! BNN Interviews Alberta Oil Patch Consultant Brent Nimeck on Lexin and AER’s Orphan Wells: “This problem is 30 years in the making. … I would call it a Ponzi Scheme…. This is an orchestrated fraud from multiple angles: Industry, CAPP and the Alberta Energy Regulator have enabled this to happen. … Through our independent analysis and we’ve confirmed this at multiple sources within the energy regulator, the liabilities are over $300 billion. That’s what’s on the hook for Alberta taxpayers right now – $300 billion.” February 19, 2017Jessica ErnstThe Promise: Fracking brings prosperity & jobs. Reality: Tens of thousands of oil patch workers out of work and $300 billion in liabilities. Former oil worker proposes solution to abandoned pipelines 5:52 Min. by BNN Commodities, February 17, 2017 Our next guest is in the early stages of putting together a report called “Reclaiming Alberta’s Future ...
  • New peer-reviewed, published study by Lisa McKenzie et al, U Colorado School of Public Health: Childhood cancer linked to nearby oil and gas activity; People ages 5-24 diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia more likely to live in areas with a high concentration of oil and gas activity February 17, 2017Jessica ErnstNew CU study looks at impact of nearby oil and gas drilling on childhood cancer rates, State Health Department questions study’s conclusion by John Ingold, February 15, 2017, The Denver Post A new study from University of Colorado researchers finds a possible link between a specific kind of childhood cancer and nearby oil and gas activity, but ...
  • AER shuts Lexin Resources down way too late: AER fails Albertans & oil patch workers, yet again; AER saves the day for oil patch executives, yet again; AER keeps shareholders off the hook, yet again. And AER still hasn’t criminally charged Encana for law violations, frac’ing Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers! February 17, 2017Jessica ErnstRead first: Alberta’s Growing $30-Billion Liability: Inactive Wells, Compared to other jurisdictions, province lets oil firms off the hook when it comes to cleaning up by Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Feb 2017, TheTyee.ca *** AER enforcement action sparks questions over orphan wells by Chris Varcoe, February 16, 2017, Calgary Herald The operator of 16 sour gas wells located south of Calgary sent ...
  • Queensland, Australia: Contamination and irreversible damage caused by Linc Energy at Hopeland more widespread than first thought. With Linc in liquidation and debts of $300 Million, who pays for the “irreversible” damages to the many farms, homes, soils, air and aquifers? February 12, 2017Jessica ErnstContamination near Linc Energy UCG plant at Hopeland more widespread than first thought by Mark Willacy, February 09, 2017, ABC News Flammable levels of hydrogen have been found at a number of locations near the site of a controversial gas project that has been blamed for contaminating huge swathes of prime Queensland farm land. The ABC understands an ...
  • Justice Denied in Texas: Parrs won’t appeal loss of $2.9 million judgment against Aruba after fracking oprations made them sick, driving them from their home February 9, 2017Jessica ErnstWise County family won’t appeal loss of $2.9 million judgment against driller by Max B. Baker, February 9, 2017, The Star Telegram A state appeals court recently tossed out the $2.9 million judgment the Parr family got against Aruba Petroleum. Paul Moseley Star-Telegram archives FORT WORTH A Wise County family driven from their home after they said ...
  • Report by Lucija Muehlenbachs calls for time limits on inactive oil and gas wells in Alberta, “This is an accumulation of liability.” Where’s the AER? Passing the Buck. July 14, 2017Jessica ErnstThe Report: 80,000 INACTIVE OIL WELLS: A BLESSING OR A CURSE? by Lucija Muehlenbachs, February 2017, Volume 10, Issue 3, University of Calgary, The School of Public Policy Report calls for Alberta to put a time limit on inactive oil and gas wells, Report recommends change to rules allowing old oil or gas wells to sit inactive forever by Tracy ...
  • New Peer-Reviewed Paper: A systematic evaluation of chemicals in hydraulic-fracturing fluids and wastewater for reproductive and developmental toxicity February 9, 2017Jessica ErnstA systematic evaluation of chemicals in hydraulic-fracturing fluids and wastewater for reproductive and developmental toxicity by Elise G Elliott, Adrienne S Ettinger, Brian P Leaderer, Michael B Bracken and Nicole C Deziel, January/February 2017, Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 27, doi:10.1038/jes.2015.81 Abstract Hydraulic-fracturing fluids and wastewater from unconventional oil and natural gas development contain hundreds of substances ...
  • AER gets failing grade for efforts to acquire, report accurate scientific data! Alberta “guessing” when it comes to spill recovery. “AER failure to protect the environment.” AER “off the scale in terms of believability….” Researcher Dr. Kevin Timoney sums up his forensic investigation: “Persistent, pervasive danger to society and ecosystems.” February 8, 2017Jessica ErnstAlberta is “guessing” when it comes to spill recovery by Shari Narine, February 4th, 2017, Windspeaker News North Dakota indicated that in 3.4 per cent of oil spills there was perfect recovery compared to Alberta’s 53 per cent. AER was “off the scale in terms of believability with the very low effects on the environment…” ~ Dr. Kevin ...
  • Justice Denied by Supreme Court of Canada for a UNANIMA International Woman of Courage February 8, 2017Jessica ErnstJustice Denied for a UI Woman of Courage by UNANIMA, February 1, 2017 The UI family extends a hand of compassion and solidarity this month to our 2011 Woman of Courage, Jessica Ernst. At the time she received the award, Jessica was in the midst of a prolonged legal battle against EnCana, a natural gas producer ...
  • Judicial Review Anyone? As Usual, Court of Appeal of Alberta Denies Impacted Landowners their Application for Permission to Appeal: “We have no rights and no remedies.” February 5, 2017Jessica ErnstThe Ruling: Bokenfohr v Pembina Pipeline Corporation, 2017 ABCA 40 (CanLII) 2017-02-02, Docket: 1603-0135-AC It took the court only 7 days to rule! Compare to the phenomenally long times all levels of courts have taken to rule in the Ernst lawsuit to date: The Supreme Court of Canada taking one year and a day to dismiss Ernst’s appeal against AER; Alberta Court ...
  • Texas Travesty: Appeals Court Throws out $3 Million Jury Verdict for Bob & Lisa Parr against Aruba Petroleum February 4, 2017Jessica ErnstThere is no frac’ing aftercare, not from the companies, regulators, politicians or legal systems in North America. As the Supreme Court of Canada made clear in their “OK for government agencies to violate the Charter” ruling in Ernst vs AER ruling and now in this reversal of a jury verdict in Parr vs Aruba, the ...
  • Will China’s “colossus” green energy growth and Russia’s agreement to sell Japan oil & gas kill Canada’s grossly uneconomical Fracking, LNG & Bitumen industries? (Never mind The Trump Tax) February 4, 2017Jessica ErnstRussia, Japan deepen ties with agreements on upstream, LNG cooperation by Nastassia Astrasheuskaya, December 18, 2016, Platts Russian and Japanese companies Friday signed a number of memoranda and agreements on cooperation in hydrocarbons development during the first visit to Japan in 11 years by a Russian president. The agreements included joint exploration offshore Sakhalin, technological and financial collaboration ...