Environment Agency “no longer able to regulate fracking” – Labour
by Ruth Hayhurst, Sept 23, 2019, drillordrop
Fracking companies can “railroad” through their interests because the Environment Agency has been “drained” of resources, a Labour energy spokesperson told delegates at the party’s conference.
Barry Gardiner, shadow energy minister, said of the Environment Agency [EA]:
“They are no longer capable of performing the functions that they are supposed to, set up in law, by statute.”
Senior EA figures, one of three main regulators of the shale gas industry, have repeatedly said they have sufficient resources to do its job.
But speaking at fringe meeting last night, Mr Gardiner said:
“The way that this government has drained capacity, drained resource out of organisations which are supposed to be there to protect our environment: that is a real part of this.
“If we don’t get that capacity back we will always find that big industrial companies and interests are able to railroad through.”
Mr Gardiner also said:
“Ineos and co, they can’t win, they are on the back foot and this is a fight that we are going to keep on and we are going to win.
“You really do need to take heart because everything now is beginning to stack up against these people.
“We are getting ever closer to a general election and if and when we have a Labour government then we will carry out our promise made three years ago at the Party conference and we will ban fracking.
“I stand by those words today, Jeremy stands by those words today and that is why we know that ultimately the victory is going to be ours.”
Katie de Kauwe, lawyer for Friends of the Earth, said the civil courts allowed oil and gas companies to, in effect, “buy justice” through injunctions against protests. [Canadian judges do the same!]
“There is a serious inequality of arms in terms of the financial resources of these multi-national corporations, as against the resources of local people to resist the injunctions.”
DrillOrDrop reported earlier this month that Friends of the Earth had been “priced out” of intervening in a challenge to the injunction awarded to Cuadrilla. A High Court judge refused the organisation’s application for cost protection. Friends of the Earth said it would have faced paying Cuadrilla’s costs of £85,000 if it lost the case.
Ms de Kauwe said:
“To challenge one of these injunctions, there are potentially very severe financial costs if you lose because there is no cost protection available.
“It should be possible for an organisation to stand up for fundamental human rights without facing crippling financial costs if they lose.
“At the bare minimum, we would advocate that costs protection should be made available as a right in persons unknown anti protest injunction cases because ultimately access to justice is something that should be available to everyone in society.
“It should not just be for private corporations and it should not just be for the oil and gas industry.”
Refer also to:
Damaging the Charter: Ernst vs Alberta Energy Regulator by Lorne Sossin, Dean Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Comment: “It causes one to question how much both the plurality and the dissent were driven by the desired end-state of the judgment, rather than consistency in applying principles of public law.”
How many Canadian judges work from the bench for the oil and gas industry even American corporations, violating civil Canadians’ Charter rights? Justice Kenneth Affleck clearly coddles Trans Mountain
Violating civil Canadians’ Charter rights because the Supreme Court of Canada pissed on our Charter in Ernst vs AER, paving the way for other judges to piss on it too?
EUB/ERCB/AER’s Charter-Violating, Abusive, Cowardly McCarthyism expands to UCP Party: War room set for Calgary to attack courageous citizens concerned about Alberta’s deregulated frac-frenzied polluting, health-harming free-for-alls
CAPP/Kenney’s Snitch Submission Email for $2.5 Million “McCarthy style witch hunt” of courageous concerned citizens, to help polluting, job-decimating, billion $ profit-taking, largely foreign-owned multinationals. The Inquiry lies, says not linked to Kenney’s war room even though inquiry is reportedly paid for out of war room’s budget! Inquiry Commissioner Steve Allen is industry-biased of course: Was Director of Compton Petroleum, chaired Compton’s Audit Committee (company with a greedy sordid sour history)
Nasty! Canadian courts describing “individuals as exhibiting ‘vexatious-style’ behavior without formally designating them as a vexatious litigant.” Is that how Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella gets away with ruling AER found Ernst to be “vexatious litigant” when evidence proves AER found Ernst to be a “criminal,” 7 years later, a terrorist – all without charges, evidence, trial or due process? With AG Jody Wilson-Raybould saying & doing nothing about Canada’s top judicial farce?
Who orders a new hearing for a Supreme Court of Canada ruling where 9 justices knowingly published a lie and sent it to the media? Who “slaps” Justice Rosalie Abella for knowingly lying in her ruling and belittling the applicant? Certainly not the Canadian Judicial Council!
Would any Canadian judge dare throw Greta in prison for leading a million Canadians to protest and march, exercising their rights? Doubtful, Canadian judges show too much cowardice: they furtively abuse litigants, re-victimize victims, lie in rulings, and protect law-violating “regulators” and corporations.