Yukon Select Committee Fracking Trip’s Itinerary Released (but as of January 4, still not on the Select Committee’s website) by Ashley Joannou, January 3, 2014, Yukon News
Yukon Frac Committee accused of poor community engagement by Ainslie Cruckshank, December 30, 2013, The Whitehorse Star
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The Select Committee regarding the Risk and Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing Alberta “fact-finding” tour begins January 6, 2014; the itinerary was made public on January 2, 2014 but as of January 4, 2014, it is still not yet on the Select Committee’s website.
The committee planned to meet with:
- The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP; an oil and gas industry lobby group that promotes falsehoods and propaganda);
- The Pembina Institute (oil and gas industry controlled “synergy group” – not a citizen or landowner group);
- Alberta Innovates Technologies Futures (name changed from the Alberta Research Council after it shoddily helped the regulators dismiss and cover up the Zimmerman, Signer, Lauridsen, Campbell and Ernst drinking water contamination cases after nearby hydraulic fracturing experiments);
- Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), 100% paid by the oil and gas industry and headed by past CAPP creator/Chair and Encana VP Gerard Protti;
- Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, recently legislated via Bill 2 to be under the AER and also completely paid by the oil and gas industry; and
- The National Energy Board, recently granted ConoccoPhillips approval to frac in the Northwest Territories without appropriately fulfilling the Board’s filing requirements and let the company keep drilling, servicing and frac chemical secrets while publicly proclaiming full public chemical disclosure.
New plans include meeting with:
Alberta Health and
SPOG, a falsehood, propaganda promoting Synergy group. Synergy puts the regulators’ and companies’ responsibility onto the shoulders of the community.
SPOG was reported saying in an October 29, 2013 article:
Fracking has been used in Alberta since the 1950s and there has never been a documented case of hydraulic fracturing activities contaminating groundwater in Alberta
The AER proved groundwater was contaminated by Gasfrac’s hydraulic fracturing in September 2011.
The Yukon Select Committee Press Release states that SPOG’s “mandate is facilitating communication and co-operation amongst industry, regulatory agencies and affected communities.”
From SPOG’s 2013 Newsletter:
“Companies who have embraced the spirit of the SPOG processes get their projects approved faster with less conflict.”
“In recent years we have had the challenge of sweet wells that are being hydraulically fractured. The cumulative impact of this has been upsetting to the community. Because of SPOG’s past successes, we have the advantage of understanding how to work through this new issue.”
“A company’s membership in SPOG buys them reputation and input to those issues that affect their day to day bottom line.“
“Hydraulic Fracturing Best Management Practices [not regulations]: The new frontier in oil and gas development is the use of unconventional methods of production such as hydraulic fracturing. SPOG cut through the myths and media reports to examine the facts in a multi-stakeholder industry/community committee that worked collaboratively to put in place [voluntary and unenforceable] beneficial management practices around groundwater protection, water use, communication, and traffic which will help mitigate the negative impacts of this type of development” [Emphasis added]
The Select Committee’s first meeting on their tour is with SPOG and the AER, an oil and gas approval agency 100% paid for by industry.
After landing in Calgary, the committee plans to waste many hours driving to get north west of Red Deer (Alberta’s snow belt) to see one frac job, accompanied by industry. Why not save time and plan to see many frac’d wells and their horrific impacts in the Lochend, minutes from Calgary, and meet with the many harmed Albertans there?
Screen snap taken January 1, 2014 from Synergy Alberta website
Screen snap taken January 2, 2014 from Synergy Alberta website
Legal scholar: “inconceivable” that new Corbett legal tactic will succeed in fracking battle over Pennsylvania’s Act 13: “By any responsible account,” Chief Justice Castille wrote, “the exploitation of the Marcellus Shale Formation will produce a detrimental effect on the environment, on the people, their children, and the future generations, and potentially on the public purse, perhaps rivaling the environmental effects of coal extraction.”
Alberta fracking tour fails to sway Quebec farmers Participants, while generally impressed with what they found, were still not swayed in the end. … This week’s tour was largely dismissed as “propaganda” back in Quebec. Mr. Gauthier said he felt the same way before he was invited to join the tour and “more [so] now.” [Emphasis added]