Global Frac News

  • Water woes, Wells contaminated at site of gas leak
    Water woes, Wells contaminated at site of gas leak by David Bruce, July 26, 2008, Erie Times-News Steiner, 67, is one of the five homeowners on Head Drive who were forced to leave their homes for 40 days in late 2007. Potentially explosive levels of methane were detected in and around their southwestern Millcreek Township homes ...
  • Citizen EnCana The double life of Calgary’s greatest corporation, Good Corporate Citizen or Evil Empire
    Le citoyen Encana – Le double visage de la plus importante corporation de Calgary Translation by Amie du Richelieu, August 21, 2013 Citizen EnCana The double life of Calgary’s greatest corporation by Adrian Morrow, published in Fast Forward, July 10, 2008. Source: Cover Fast Forward Weekly, Encana Bow Building & CEO Gwyn Morgan Jessica Ernst has so much natural gas in her ...
  • EnCana denies doing any water well contamination
    EnCana denies doing any water well contamination by Rick Northrop, originally published in The Drumheller Valley Times, Vol. 9, No. 50, April 22, 2008. “We can’t do completion of shallow gas above 200 metres” the paper quoted EnCana saying.
  • A Toxic Spew? Officials worry about ‘fracking’ of oil and gas
    A Toxic Spew? Officials worry about ‘fracking’ of oil and gas by Jim Moscou, originally published in Newsweek, April 20, 2008.
  • Recovering From Wyoming’s Energy Bender
    Recovering From Wyoming’s Energy Bender by Alexandra Fuller, April 20, 2008, New York Times (In February, a committee of the Wyoming Legislature rejected a spending increase for the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources after institute scientists dared to raise concerns about water produced in coal-bed methane wells.) …Well sites in many parts of ...
  • Methane wells in golf course anger County
    EnCana Methane wells in golf course anger County by Strathmore Standard, April 10, 2008 Two low pressure shallow gas wells were drilled in the Lakes of Muirfield’s golf course over the Easter long weekend, against the wishes of Wheatland County.…“ had no regard for our policies,” said Jennifer Deak, County CAO. A part of Wheatland County’s Land Use ...
  • Eight Landowners Reject Closure of Groundwater Cases: Demand Proper Study of Industrial Contamination
    8 Landowners Reject Closure of Groundwater Cases: Demand Proper Study of Industrial Contamination Media Alert, March 19, 2008 Alberta Environment closed the Rosebud cases based on reviews by ARC…. ARC’s 2007 annual report clearly lists EnCana as a funder of its water program including studies on the impacts of coalbed methane development. (p.14) In a January 28th letter ...
  • Edson, Alberta, South Rosevear Sour Gas Plant: 2.8 million standard cubic feet per day of H2S / CO2 acid gas injected since 2007
    Acid gas system helps planet, bottom line by Edson Leader, March 14, 2008 Not only is the Suncor South Rosevear Sour Gas Plant ultra modern, it has a state-of-the-art acid gas injection system, which means the facility does not emit sulphur dioxide (S02) or carbon dioxide (C02). “We started it about a year ago,” Suncor area ...
  • Freedom of information: Little information and it isn’t free, either, Government accused of stonewalling legitimate requests
    Freedom of information: Little information and it isn’t free, either, Government accused of stonewalling legitimate requests by Darcy Henton, The Edmonton Journal, February 29, 2008.
  • Encana Randy Teeuwen to Casper Star Tribune re Louis Meeks’ contaminated water, Pavillion Wyoming
    Encana Randy Teeuwen to Casper Star Tribune re Louis Meeks’ contaminated water, Pavillion Wyoming by Randy Teeuwen, EnCana, February 14, 2008, Casper Star Tribune EnCana does not use diesel, sawdust or oil to drill gas wells. Rather, we use fresh water that creates natural clay mud to drill the surface hole and occasionally use cedar fibers or ...
  • Gas company fined record $374,000, Colorado Interstate Gas penalized for Fort Morgan leak
    Gas company fined record $374,000, Colorado Interstate Gas penalized for Fort Morgan leak by Gargi Chakrabarty, February 6, 2008, RockyMountainNews State regulators have slapped a record $374,000 penalty on Colorado Interstate Gas Co. for a natural gas leak near Fort Morgan that forced more than a dozen families out of their homes for a week and ...
  • Gas in area causing tainted water
    Gas in area causing tainted water by Hanneke Brooymans, January 18, 2008, The Edmonton Journal Gas in area causing tainted water — report One of the landowners whose well water was cleared of industry-related contamination fears she will have to move because she can’t afford to have water trucked in to her farm. Alberta Environment has concluded that ...
  • Encana Passes the Buck on Contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming
    Encana Passes the Buck on Contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming by John Fenton, January/February 2008, Powder River Basin Newsletter For decades, wells on the Meeks and Locker ranches near Pavillion had reliably delivered clean, clear water for their homes, stock tanks and gardens. But that ended in early 2005, shortly after EnCana Oil & Gas USA took over ...
  • STUPID TO THE LAST DROP How Alberta is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (and Doesn’t Seem to Care)
    STUPID TO THE LAST DROP How Alberta is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (and Doesn’t Seem to Care) by William Marsden, winner of the 2007 National Business Book.
  • Factors Affecting or Indicating Potential Wellbore Leakage
    Factors Affecting or Indicating Potential Wellbore Leakage by Theresa Watson (T.L. Watson and Associates Inc) and Stephan Bachu (Alberta Energy and Utilities Board), 2007 Presentation; SPE Paper 106817, 200 About 15% of vertical and 60% of deviated wells reported leaking. [Refer also to: ERCB Board Member Bios: Teresa Watson Appointed to the Board July 2009 and Theresa Watson becomes newest Board ...
  • Development of a memorandum of understanding between Alberta Environment (AENV) and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB, now ERCB) to enhance collaboration for the protection and management of groundwater
    Development of a memorandum of understanding between Alberta Environment (AENV) and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB, now ERCB) to enhance collaboration for the protection and management of groundwater by William A. Tilleman, Q.C., J.S.D., Chairman, Alberta EUB and C. Peter Watson, P. Eng. Deputy Minister Alberta Environment, December 20, 2007 The Alberta Energy and Utilities ...
  • EnCana Makes First Court Appearance after Being Charged with Violating Canada Wildlife Act
    EnCana Makes First Court Appearance after Being Charged with Violating Canada Wildlife Act Press Release by Federation of Alberta Naturalists and Nature Canada, December 5, 2007 EnCana will make their first court appearance at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 6 in Medicine Hat Provincial Court in response to the charge of violating the Canada Wildlife Act in ...
  • Confidentiality Agreements, The Problem: Confidentiality agreements in lawsuit settlements can be harmful, even deadly, to the public
    Confidentiality Agreements, The Problem: Confidentiality agreements in lawsuit settlements can be harmful, even deadly, to the public by Kia Franklin, November 21, 2007, Tort Deform The prevalence of confidentiality or secrecy agreements is perhaps one of the least discussed and most fundamental problems with our civil justice system. At various stages of a lawsuit, a plaintiff ...
  • EUB trying to circumvent the courts?
    EUB trying to circumvent the courts? News Release by Lavesta Group, October 12, 2007 (Rimbey, Alberta) On September 30, 2007 the EUB retro-actively cancelled, or voided, all three hearings dealing with a controversial 500 KV transmission line from Edmonton to Calgary. The unorthodox decision was issued with less than 36 hours remaining, before the EUB was ...
  • Big oil queried about Alaska bribery scandal, Former legislator convicted; executives face trial
    Big oil queried about Alaska bribery scandal, Former legislator convicted; executives face trial by Reuters, October 10, 2007, Edmonton Journal Alaska lawmakers are questioning major oil companies over their role in a bribery scheme that has netted the criminal convictions of a former legislator and two former executives from VECO Corp., once the state’s largest oil-service ...
  • If the EUB is truly repentant about its cloak-and-dagger spying efforts and really wants to regain the trust of Albertans, this focus on a single development project is a pretty weak effort
    If the EUB is truly repentant about its cloak-and-dagger spying efforts and really wants to regain the trust of Albertans, this focus on a single development project is a pretty weak effort by David J. Parker, October 10, 2007, The Edmonton Journal If it admits to an industry bias on the power line issue, is that enough? ...
  • Read between EnCana’s lines & threats
    Read between EnCana’s lines by Ricardo Acuna, October 8, 2012, The Calgary Herald In the weeks following the release of the recommendations of Alberta’s Royalty Review Panel, energy giant EnCana has been one of the loudest opponents of any moves that might increase the direct benefits Albertans receive from their natural resources — going as far ...
  • Don’t sacrifice the Sacred Headwaters
    Don’t sacrifice the Sacred Headwaters by Wade Davis, October 8, 2007, National Geographic Society In a rugged knot of mountains, in the remote reaches of northern British Columbia, lies a stunningly beautiful valley known to the first nations as the Sacred Headwaters. There, on the southern edge of the Spatsizi Wilderness – the Serengeti of Canada ...
  • Judicial inquiry needed into EUB, other boards’ autonomy
    Judicial inquiry needed into EUB, other boards’ autonomy Patrick Cleary, October 7, 2007, The Edmonton Journal Re: “Ex-EUB chairmen just don’t get it,” by Janet Keeping, Letters, Sept. 28. In her response to the letter by the former Alberta Energy and Utilities Board chairmen (“EUB has served Albertans well over 70 years, ex-chairmen say,” by G.W. Govier, ...
  • Canadians living normal lives exposed to chemical killers
    Canadians living normal lives exposed to chemical killers by Glenda Luymes, CanWest News Service, October 7, 2007, Vancouver Province The UBC Trudeau scholar has laboured more than a year to determine just how many Canadians die each year from pollution. The disturbing results, published in an online journal last week, show that as many as 25,000 ...
  • Canada too weak on polluters
    Canada too weak on polluters by CanWest News Service, October 07, 2007, The Edmonton Journal Canada ranks fifth among the 21 wealthiest nations of the world when it comes to overall support for developing countries, but near the bottom of the list for its environmental policies, according to a new study released today.
  • Alberta water management gets boost, Partners with GE to explore innovations
    Alberta water management gets boost, Partners with GE to explore innovations by David Finlayson, October 7, 2007, The Edmonton Journal The province and General Electric have formed a partnership to find solutions to issues such as water management and pipeline corrosion. It’s the first time the world’s largest corporation has collaborated with a Canadian province, and ...
  • It’s not just Alberta, it’s the whole country
    It’s not just Alberta, it’s the whole country by Andrew Nikiforuk, published in the Globe and Mail, Saturday, October 6, 2007. Book Review of STUPID TO THE LAST DROP How Alberta is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (and Doesn’t Seem to Care) by William Marsden.
  • Oil site cleanup to cost millions
    Oil site cleanup to cost millions by Paul Cowley, October 5, 2007, Red Deer Advocate Cleanup work is almost complete at an oil battery site after a summer lightning strike destroyed a storage tank and caused an oil spill southwest of Spruce View. The cost of cleaning up the site and getting it back in running ...
  • EUB still flawed: opponents
    EUB still flawed: opponents by Paul Cowley, October 2, 2007, Red Deer Advocate No one in a position of authority has been taken to task for the use of a private security firm to covertly monitor public hearings in Rimbey, he said And landowner rights, already trod upon in the last round of hearings, are further ...
  • Watchdog IDs $6B shortfall, Taxpayers shortchanged by up to $2B in energy revenues annually over past 3 years: auditor general
    Watchdog IDs $6B shortfall, Taxpayers shortchanged by up to $2B in energy revenues annually over past 3 years: auditor general by Jeremy Loome, Legislature Bureau, October 2, 2007 Albertans were shortchanged by as much as $2 billion annually over the last three years because the government failed to act on its own energy department’s royalty recommendations, ...
  • Failing grade, Auditor general slams Alberta Energy’s way of tracking royalties
    Failing grade, Auditor general slams Alberta Energy’s way of tracking royalties by Archie McLean, October 1, 2007, Edmonton Journal Alberta Energy’s accounting and accountability practices for oil and gas royalties get a failing grade from Auditor-General Fred Dunn in his annual report, released this morning. The report says the government knew as far back as three ...
  • The sky isn’t falling
    The sky isn’t falling by Alan K. Spiller, September 29, 2007, The Edmonton Journal Of course, we have the narrow-minded Conservatives, who think the world will end if we push for our fair share of royalty income. The review panel proved to me that Ralph Klein’s massive budget cuts would not have been necessary, if the ...
  • What more input does Stelmach need?
    What more input does Stelmach need? by John O’Connor, September 29, 2007, The Edmonton Journal Since the royalty review process was initiated many months ago, Albertans have been telling the government loud and clear that we are not getting our fair share from the oil companies and that royalties should be increased. This has been the ...
  • Pick up the tab
    Pick up the tab by Bruce A. McFaul, September 29, 2007, Calgary Herald One aspect of the royalty review which has been overlooked is how the Tories have treated the oil industry versus us normal Albertans, especially the poor. In 1982, the Tories cut oil industry payments by $5.4 billion unconditionally, while suggesting those on welfare ...
  • EnCana to cut $1-billion if royalties rise
    EnCana to cut $1-billion if royalties rise by John Partridge, September 28, 2007, Globe and Mail In the latest salvo in a thundering barrage of industry criticism, Canadian natural gas and oil sands giant EnCana Corp. says it will slash its investment in Alberta by up to 40 per cent or $1-billion next year if the ...
  • ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTE: FLATHEAD RIVER, U.S. senators seek endangered listing for Waterton
    ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTE: FLATHEAD RIVER, U.S. senators seek endangered listing for Waterton by Mark Hume, September 28, 2007, The Globe and Mail VANCOUVER — A battle between Montana and British Columbia over the fate of a river that runs south across the Canada-U.S. border may soon be brought before the United Nations, escalating a simmering regional dispute ...
  • Stelmach government failing to live up to promises
    Stelmach government failing to live up to promises by Bill Mokoski, September 19, 2007, Red Deer Advocate Over the summer, I have followed the hearings into the proposed power line running from Edmonton to Calgary. As a student of democracy for over five decades, I see a gradual and relentless trend toward ‘management’ of the electorate. ...
  • Home Explosion in Bentley destroys one home, damages several others
    Explosion destroys one home, damages several others by Dan Singleton, September 15, 2007, Calgary Herald A single-family home was destroyed and several adjacent homes severely damaged after an explosion in the town of Bentley, 28 kilometres northwest of Red Deer, on Friday. “The debris field covers approximately 150 to 200 metres from the residence itself,” said Sylvan Lake ...
  • Stupid Albertans, you say?
    Stupid Albertans, you say? by Richard Helm, September 14, 2007, The Edmonton Journal Try this title on for size, my fellow Albertans. Take a deep breath now. The book is called Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (And Doesn’t Seem to Care). Provocative, isn’t it? Guaranteed to get some dander ...
  • Alberta Energy Regulator (EUB) illegally spied, then lied: “When allegations first surfaced that the EUB had hired private investigators to spy on the public, Mr. Stelmach backed the regulator’s assertions that the charges were false.”
    Report says Alberta energy regulator illegally spied by Katherine Harding and Dawn Walton, Sept 14, 2007, The Globe and Mail Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has no plans to act on a report that found the province’s energy regulator illegally spied on private citizens until he hears from a retired judge, who is also probing the ...
  • Pipeline group told plans to reduce regulatory process on track
    Pipeline group told plans to reduce regulatory process on track by Bill Graveland, September 13, 2007, The Canadian Press Plans to reduce the regulatory process for major pipeline projects in the future are on track Federal Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn said Wednesday evening but won’t be any help to the $16.2 billion Mackenzie Gas pipeline. The ...
  • Privacy commissioner rules against EUB
    Privacy commissioner rules against EUB by Charles Rusnell, September 13, 2007, Edmonton Journal Private investigators working for the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board breached the privacy of power-line protesters in Rimbey by collecting their personal information, says an investigation by the provincial privacy commissioner. Commissioner Frank Work also found the EUB’s response to an assumed security threat ...
  • SALMON WATERS AT ISSUE Protest against Shell takes campaign to British media
    SALMON WATERS AT ISSUE Protest against Shell takes campaign to British media by Cathryn Atkinson, Septemeber 11, 2007, The Globe and Mail Native protesters and environmental groups are taking the next round of their fight against a coal-bed methane exploration project in a remote part of central B.C. to the British media. A $20,000 advertisement decrying Royal ...
  • Sold down the river, Despite claims to the contrary, water is on the table in trade negotiations — we need to be clear with our neighbours that we intend to keep this precious resource
    Sold down the river, Despite claims to the contrary, water is on the table in trade negotiations — we need to be clear with our neighbours that we intend to keep this precious resource by Andrew Nikiforuk, Adèle Hurley and Ralph Pentland, September 10, 2007, Ottawa Citizen Are Canadians ready for the next big trade issue ...
  • En Alberta, l’eau S’enflamme!
    En Alberta, l’eau S’enflamme! by Nicolas Mesly, LaCooperator, September 2007, earned honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards and best feature article at the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards. English translation
  • EUB: World-Class Regulator, ‘Effective and Comprehensive’
    EUB: World-Class Regulator, ‘Effective and Comprehensive’ by Tom Neufeld, September – October Issue Enviroline vol16, 2007 More than 400 years ago, the French Renaissance thinker Michel de Montaigne penned the words: “He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.” The merits of Montaigne’s wisdom became evident when I read ...
  • Nikiforuk: EUB: ‘Men Without Chests,’ ‘No Plan, No Policy, No Heart’
    EUB: ‘Men Without Chests,’ ‘No Plan, No Policy, No Heart’ by Andrew Nikiforuk, September – October Issue Enviroline vol16, 2007 In one of his most famous essays, the Christian philosopher C.S. Lewis once described bureaucrats who banished all magnanimity and heart from their decisions as “men without chests.” The Alberta Energy and Utility Board’s recent decision to ...
  • Military guards environment from EnCana
    Military guards environment from EnCana by Rick Zemanek August 27, 2007, Red Deer Advocate Suffield commander Lt.-Col. Malcolm Bruce said he plans to pull out all the stops to bar EnCana. … EnCana is still confident it will begin drilling by the fall of 2008. Bruce, took over the posting from former commander Dan Drew. Drew was one ...
  • Methane dispute reignites in B.C.
    Methane dispute reignites in B.C. by Wendy Stueck, August 22, 2007, Globe and Mail Report on Business Opponents says coal bed methane projects could pollute surface and ground water, threaten fish and wildlife habitat, and disrupt a remote wilderness landscape. Coal bed methane is natural gas found in coal seams. B.C. currently does not have any coal bed ...
  • McLean’s Cover: “Lawyers are Rats” A top legal scholar and ex-Bay Street partner exposes the corruption of his profession. “Self-regulation is regarded with quasi-religious fervour.”
    McLean’s “Lawyers are Rats” Cover interview with Philip Slayton Exclusive Interview by McLean’s, August 6, 2007 ‘One prominent lawyer told me, “Every lawyer is going to go into the office today and commit fraud.” Then he laughed.’ EX-BAY STREET LAWYER PHILIP SLAYTON TALKS TO KATE FILLION ABOUT HOW LAWYERS ...
  • Fire at gas well near Gleichen injures worker
    Fire at gas well near Gleichen injures worker by Jason van Rassel, July 30, 2007, Calgary Herald STARS air ambulance flew a man to hospital in Calgary with critical injuries suffered in a fire at a gas well. … “There were reports of a gas leak followed by a fire,” Energy and Utilities Board spokesman Davis Sheremata said.
  • Activist ‘banished’ by the EUB
    Activist ‘banished’ by the EUB, A consultant’s run-in with the Alberta agency over an e-mail provides some lessons in why landowners’ suspicions are as deep as oil wells by the Edmonton Journal, July 29, 2007. Jessica Ernst isn’t sure why she was banished by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, but she’s still seething. The 50-year-old environmental consultant, named ...
  • Scientists granted research window for Flathead Coalbed Methane mining
    Scientists granted research window for Flathead Coalbed Methane mining by Michael Jamison, July 5, 2007, The Missoulian Energy development is temporarily on hold north of Glacier National Park this summer, giving scientists at least a year to gather baseline data before Canadian coal and coalbed methane exploration begins. “We have several programs of study that are under way ...
  • Farmers win water ruling on methane
    Farmers win water ruling on methane by Kim McGuire, July 3, 2007, Denver Post Energy companies may have to prove they aren’t harming nearby groundwater users when they drill coalbed methane-gas wells, under a court decision released Monday. … “The court has properly found that the gas industry can’t keep jeopardizing our way of life and that the ...
  • Coalbed report raises water questions
    Coalbed report raises water questions by Hanneke Brooymans, June 25, 2007, Edmonton Journal Another target that generated concern among industry was the 2012 completion date for a provincial groundwater inventory. It was suggested that this time frame be moved up, if possible. To do this properly, the government would also need to collect data on the approximate 400,000 ...
  • Governing with Integrity and Transparency, Coalbed methane recommendations
    Governing with Integrity and Transparency, Coalbed methane recommendations Alberta Government Press Release, June 25, 2007 Of the 42 accepted recommendations…. Five of the recommendations have already been completed, such as the development of best practices guidelines for coalbed methane development. Another five recommendations are scheduled to begin after the first year. … At the end of 2006, ...
  • Gas well a threat to rural water
    Gas well a threat to rural water by Paul Cowley, June 25, 2007, Red Deer Advocate Winter said despite the company’s assurances, the risk to the aquifer is too high. “We know things break down and things fail. And things fail when you least want them to. “We’re trying to be reasonable. We’re not trying to put (Intrepid) ...
  • Complaints prompts well tests
    Complaints prompts well tests by Mary MacArthur, May 10, 2007, The Western Producer Alberta Environment officials have taken samples from wells after Shawn and Ronalie Campbell complained at a recent news conference the government has done little to help find out how gas contaminated their water well. Andrew Horton, an Alberta Environment spokesperson, said the government hopes tests ...
  • Testimony on water contamination and non-disclosure of chemicals used in shallow hydraulic fracturing of coalbed methane wells in Alberta
    Testimony on water contamination and non-disclosure of chemicals used in shallow hydraulic fracturing of coalbed methane wells in Alberta to The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Number 056, 1st Session, 39th Parliament in Ottawa, May 8, 2007. Ms. Jessica Ernst (Environmental Specialist, Ernst Environmental Services) Testimony, May 8, 2007: Good morning. Bonjour. I grew up in Montreal. I now live ...
  • Gov’t ignoring tainted groundwater problems
    Gov’t ignoring tainted groundwater problems by Jason Markusoff, May 2, 2007, The Edmonton Journal In the 18 months since their problems and similar ones emerged, officials are still investigating, while more wells are drilled to extract natural gas from coal seams deep underground. “Alberta Environment is doing everything that it possibly can to get to the bottom of ...
  • Water grief brings cowboy to tears
    Water grief brings cowboy to tears by Jason Fekete, with files from Renata D’Aliesio, May 2, 2007, Calgary Herald Ponoka-area farmer Shawn Campbell, 57, tried to choke back tears under the brim of his cowboy hat at a news conference, when he argued rural Albertans’ worries over their contaminated and potentially toxic groundwater are largely falling on deaf ...
  • Gas in water
    Gas in water by Lana Michelin, May 2, 2007, Red Deer Advocate When the “bubbling” in their tap water was identified as gas, a Ponoka-area couple said they quickly learned that the Alberta government wasn’t about to take their side against oil companies. “Yes, (the provincial government) has all the power to do something about it, but they don’t ...
  • Damning Evidence of Groundwater Contamination
    Damning Evidence of Groundwater Contamination Media Alert May 1, 2007, Alberta Legislature Media Room, Edmonton Four landowners from central Alberta will provide damning evidence of industrial contamination of groundwater in communities experiencing rapid coal-bed methane development and associated fracing. … Nearly a dozen reluctant investigations by Alberta Environment (one landowner had to use freedom of information to ...
  • Alberta accused of ignoring water well contamination by oil and gas drilling
    Alberta accused of ignoring water well contamination by oil and gas drilling by The Canadian Press, May 1, 2007 Shawn Campbell says the Alberta government has refused to test the toxic cocktail of petro-gases that he says have poisoned his drinking water. … Campbell and wife Ronalie said they have 30 producing oil or gas wells on their ...
  • Albertans demand action on ‘vile’ well water
    Albertans demand action on ‘vile’ well water by Katherine Harding, May 1, 2007, Globe and Mail …she doesn’t believe Alberta Environment’s assessment that the methane in her well is natural and caused by bacteria.
  • Stelmach leaves no doubt where his loyalties lie
    Stelmach leaves no doubt where his loyalties lie by Christel Hyshka, April 30, 2007, The Edmonton Journal The businesses most opposed to government regulation in Alberta profit from the exploitation of mineral resources owned 100 per cent by the Albertan people. More often than not, these businesses are owned by foreign shareholders who delight at the record profits ...
  • Drilling could pollute groundwater used by 90% of rural Albertans
    Drilling could pollute groundwater used by 90% of rural Albertans by Hanneke Brooymans, April 30, 2007, The Edmonton Journal with files from The Canadian Press More than 350,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled in Alberta since production began. That’s about one well for every 10 people living in the province, says the Pembina Institute report, which is to ...
  • Sustainability of Coalbed Methane (Within the Context of Environmental Challenges and Policy Development in Alberta)
    Sustainability of Coalbed Methane (Within the Context of Environmental Challenges and Policy Development in Alberta) by Earnest Reason University of Alberta School of Business, April 13, 2007. To enamor community trust, all CBM activities should be of public record, and large scale CBM development subject to an environmental assessment process. …Whereas recent regulatory changes toughened monitoring and ...
  • Debate to heat up over North American water trade
    Debate to heat up over North American water trade by Kelly Patterson, April 12, 2007, CanWest News Service A series of closed-door conferences for the North American Future 2025 Project will include the discussion of “water transfers” and diversions, according to the outline for the project, a trilateral effort to draft a “blueprint” on economic integration for ...
  • Ray Strom Decision
    Ray Strom Decision Press Release by Alberta Surface Rights Federation, Pine Lake Surface Rights Action Group and Crestomere Landowners Association, April 5, 2007 In the meeting today, it was submitted that landowners should have the freedom to choose their representatives and advisors. This submission was reinforced by numerous resolutions from Alberta’s rural organizations. In his decision, the ...
  • Showdown with Big Oil, There’s a battle brewing out there, People are getting right ticked off
    Showdown with Big Oil, There’s a battle brewing out there, People are getting right ticked off by Neil Waugh, April 4, 2007, Edmonton Sun The evidence piled up against farmers and ranchers land rights advocate Ray Strom by a trio of petroleum land agents – representing Exxon Mobil, Encana and Aquila Networks – was too strong. Ayotte was ...
  • Canada’s water needs protection
    Canada’s water needs protection by Chris Cobb, April 1, 2007, CanWest News Service; Ottawa Citizen Canada urgently needs a clear policy to protect the nation’s water resources from privatization, pollution and the creeping demands of the United States, a leading activist told an Ottawa conference Saturday. “Water needs to be regarded as a fundamental human right and not as ...
  • Burning Water
    Burning Water by Tadzio Richards, Maisonneuve Magazine, The Controversy Issue, March 17, 2007, earned a gold (investigative reporting) and silver (science, technology and the environment) at the National Magazine Awards. In the recent early days of CBM in Alberta, unless a company was planning on fracing into freshwater aquifers, companies were not required to do baseline testing of nearby ...
  • Alberta’s boom bankrupting environment says top scientist
    Alberta’s boom bankrupting environment says top scientist by Bob Weber, March 11, 2007, The Canadian Press Alberta could be booming itself into environmental bankruptcy, says new research from one of the province’s top scientists. … Coalbed methane, which involves extracting natural gas from tiny pockets in coal seams, is just starting in Alberta. One of the prime ...
  • Oil firms ‘negligent’ at Suffield, Wildlife areas damaged by industry: report
    Oil firms ‘negligent’ at Suffield, Wildlife areas damaged by industry: report by Kerry Williamson, March 8, 2007, Calgary Herald The oil and gas industry is failing to meet even basic environmental standards on military land encompassing one of Alberta’s most fragile national wildlife areas, according to internal documents released by the Department of Defence. The documents ...
  • EnCana exposed, Damning evidence of environmental damage
    EnCana exposed, Damning evidence of environmental damage by Amy Steele, March 8, 2007, Fast Forward Weekly “It’s basically like the wild west. These guys are totally out of control there, and there’s no accountability. “It is a pattern of behaviour. I certainly wouldn’t trust them with my environmentally significant area and I don’t know that Canadians trust them ...
  • Government taking steps to address water concerns, water issues dogs CBM producers
    Government taking steps to address water concerns, water issues dogs CBM producers by Paul Stastny, March 2007, Oilweek Magazine Its manufacturing-style drilling model can seem overwhelming when 40 or 50 wells at a time are punched in the ground. … To this end, in 2006 the EUB put in place a number of new directives to address ...
  • Suffield Files Reveal Disturbing Story of Environmental Degradation, Non-compliance by Energy Companies and Industry Giant EnCana
    Suffield Files Reveal Disturbing Story of Environmental Degradation, Non-compliance by Energy Companies and Industry Giant EnCana Press Release by Alberta Wilderness Association, Grasslands Naturalists, Nature Canada, Federation of Alberta Naturalists, February 28, 2007 Internal government documents regarding energy company EnCana’s activities inside Canadian Forces Base Suffield, including a federally protected National Wildlife Area (NWA), reveal a disturbing story ...
  • Wet’suwet’en Chiefs Oppose Coalbed Methane
    Wet’suwet’en Chiefs Oppose Coalbed Methane by the Hereditary Chiefs, February 21, 2007, Interior News We, the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en, care deeply about our territory. Our traditional land use has been confirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada through the Delgamuukw-Gisday Wa Court Case. After careful consideration of the risks and benefits of coalbed methane, we have unanimously decided ...
  • Report of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy to the Ministry of Environment, Province of Alberta
    Report of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy to the Ministry of Environment, Province of Alberta by Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy, February 2007. This review of Alberta groundwater programs declared Alberta’s groundwater policies “inadequate” and reported a “lack of comprehensive monitoring systems.”  The report adds that “exploitation of Alberta’s energy resources is proceeding at a ...
  • Shallow Biogenic Shales in Canada, Money and Brains Stealth Venture and Canyon Technical Services partner to answer unconventional fracturing challenges
    Money and Brains Stealth Venture and Canyon Technical Services partner to answer unconventional fracturing challenges in Energy Evolution The Rise of Unconventional Gas in Canada by Darrell Stonehouse, Vol. 1, 2007, CSUG and June Warren Publishing Ltd. Unconventional gas, by definition, is difficult-to-produce gas that requires some sort of artificial stimulation to flow at commercial rates. … ...
  • EnCana donates $5 Million to the University of Wyoming
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  • Top ten newsmakers of 2006
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  • Uphill fight against coal-bed methane
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  • Moratorium on coalbed-methane drilling needed to cool frenzy
    Moratorium on coalbed-methane drilling needed to cool frenzy by David Eggen, Edmonton Journal, December 22, 2006.
  • Alberta Health CEO Bayliss steps down
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  • Who’s in Charge? The Secret Standoff in CFB Suffield
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  • Tories divided on methane
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  • Take the time to get it right
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  • Before the boom, the province passed on a chance to head off many of the concerns some Albertans have today about coal bed methane
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  • A History of CBM
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  • What lies beneath
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  • Clash over Coalbed Methane
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  • Gas well explosion should get everyone’s attention
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  • When a gas well blows out, you get out fast
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  • Spill site is free of radioactive waste, says Corridor Resources
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