A look at Canada

In addition you can watch the Exchange Between Lori Brave Rock and Jessica Ernst

Brief review of threats to Canada’s groundwater from the oil and gas industry’s methane migration and hydraulic fracturing by Ernst Environmental Services, June 16, 2013
Brief Review of Threats to Canada’s Groundwater from the Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Migration and Hydraulic Fracturing
by Ernst Environmental Services, June 16, 2013

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Harper's War on Science

War on Science
Canada’s Information Commissioner, Suzanne Legault, agreed at the end of March to launch an investigation into the extensive muzzling of federally-funded scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada and other federal agencies. Her decision comes after a February 20th complaint formally filed by Democracy Watch in partnership with the Environmental Law Clinic of the University of Victoria, which called for a full investigation and was accompanied by a 128-page report...

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Jessica Ernst was revisiting Ireland and did also speak in the UK

1-11 March 2013

Jessica's presentation schedule:

Saturday 2nd March, presentation of “Fracking Community” in Leitrim Village Community Center, Leitrim Village, near Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Monday 4th March, presentation of “Fracking Community” in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare

Fracking Community: Actions & Omissions Speak Louder than Words

Wednesday  6th March, Peter Froggatt Center, Queens University, Belfast

Thursday 7th March- United Reformed Church, St George's Rd. St Anne's, Lancs. , FY8 2AE

Friday 8th March, Balcombe Church of England Primary School, London Road, Balcombe, RH17 6HS

Sunday 10th March, Our Natural Resources - Not for Sale. Organised by Save Our Seafront and supported by An Taisce and other organisations. Jessica Ernst spoke at this event  in the Gresham Hotel on O'Connell Street

Monday 11th March,  NUI Maynouth

Monday evening, 11th March, Dublin, hosted by FOE

This document outlines Jessica Ernst's evidence and argument against fracking in Alberta.

Also => The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment

Truth and Consequences of Fracking

Jessica Ernst is a Canadian scientist with 30 years of petroleum industry experience. She is presently suing the Alberta government, the Energy Resources Conservation Board, and Encana Corporation for negligence and unlawful activities related to hydraulic fracturing and contamination of well water. Her claim alleges that Encana broke multiple provincial laws and regulations and contaminated an aquifer that supplied drinking water to her Rosebud, Alberta community. Ms. Ernst tells her story of “living frac’d” and presents both industry and regulatory research showing the impact of industry-caused gas migration into ground water. She is introduced by Dr. Anthony R. Ingraffea, the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering, School of Civil Engineering at Cornell University. D. Ingraffea has served as Director of Cornell Fracture Group, Acting Director of the Cornell Theory Center, and is Principal/Co-principal investigator of over $32M in sponsored RD at Cornell. He specializes in fracture mechanics. In Part two of this video, h joins Jessica Ernst for the Q and A session This program, one of a series of events in New York State and Michigan, was sponsored by The People for a Healthy Environment, Inc. and the Coalition to Protect New York. Produced and edited by Cris McConkey for Shale Shock Media. Camera: Cris McConkey and Bill Huston. Sound: Bo Lipari. Lighting.: Cris McConkey. Bill Huston, and Francis Carver.

[More on gas migration: Watch THE SKY IS PINK]

"We Canadians have been told we have the world best regulations."

Canadian Jessica Ernst M.Sc. is a biologist and environmental consultant to the oil and gas industry, and long-time critic of the method of Fracking in use in Alberta, Canada.  She has launched a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Encana Corporation, the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, and the Alberta government for contamination of her property and drinking water due to Encana’s fracking program.  Jessica was recently visiting Ireland and giving a series of presentations on the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing in Dublin, Sligo, Fermanagh and Leitrim

While Jessica was in Ireland in February 2012 she also gave an interview to RTÉ Primetime:

Lessons we should learn:

Fracturing: How to assess its impact on groundwater: Lessons from Alberta, Canada (PDF Presentation from Karlis Muehlenbachs, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada)

Polls show that Most Canadians want moratorium on fracking

February 6, 2012

The majority of Canadians oppose hydraulic fracturing - better known as "fracking" - and would support a moratorium on the natural gas extraction method, according to a new poll.

The Environics Research poll, commissioned by the Council of Canadians, found that 62 per cent of the Canadians polled supported a moratorium on all fracking for natural gas until all federal environmental reviews are complete.

The Canadian National Farmers Union Calls for a Moratorium on Fracking in a press release from 23 February 2012 => Hydraulic fracturing a danger to water, food, farmland: NFU calls for moratorium.

Canadian National Farmers Union

POWERS Alberta is demanding a moratorium on fracking in an Open Letter to Premier Redford (15 December 2012):
"Dear Premier Redford,

On behalf of POWERS (Protecting Our Water and Ecological Resources Society), we are writing with regard to the new brute-force hydraulic fracturing taking place in our community of Northwest Rocky View and throughout Alberta.

We demand a moratorium on this risky experiment until it has been studied and found safe by independent, unbiased scientists, and the study peer-reviewed."

Alberta Surface Rights Group (represents 1500 Albertans) Call For A Moratorium on Hydro Fracking

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB) presented a province-wide petition with 15,000 signatures urging New Brunswick to abandon shale gas exploration plans . The petition was presented to the provincial legislature on Nov. 29 by York North MLA Kirk MacDonald, who tabled the petition (Rigzone).

The Council of Canadians is also demanding a moratorium, from months ago.
"Stop fracking in Canada...The Council of Canadians opposes fracking because of its high water use, its high carbon emissions, its impacts on human health, the disruption it causes to wildlife, and the danger it poses to groundwater and local drinking water. We are calling for a country-wide stop to fracking operations. Please click here to support our petition campaign to put pressure on the federal government to step into a leadership role and ensure that our water sources, people’s health and the environment are protected from unnecessary and dangerous pollution."

British Columbia Tapwater Alliance is calling for fracking to stop.  and began asking that a few years ago. 

Amongst other groups in Quebec, Friends of the Richelieu are calling for a ban of fracking.


The Calgary Herald, 17 April 2012:

Ruling advances woman’s tainted water lawsuit

Documents must be released, says Alberta information boss

CALGARY — A Drumheller-area woman’s quest to learn if coal bed methane drilling polluted her well water has been given a boost by the province’s information czar.

In a scathing decision that ends a three-year battle by Rosebud resident Jessica Ernst, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has ordered a government agency to release thousands of pages of documents that could reveal how scientists concluded the contamination was naturally occurring.

Adjudicator Teresa Cunningham ordered Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures to refund the entire $4,125 fee charged for processing Ernst’s request because keeping test results, draft reports and even proposed news releases under wraps with no legal basis contravened her right to timely disclosure.

“The amount of severing done and the lack of justification for it has resulted in the applicant being deprived of her rights,” Cunningham said.

“The public body withheld information for reasons that were not borne out by the records, and charged inflated costs for processing the access request.”

The decision is another sharp rap on the knuckles for a government the independent commissioner has frequently criticized for fostering a culture of secrecy.

More news about the Multi-Million Dollar Landmark North American Lawsuit on Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Impact on Groundwater can be obtained at http://www.ernstversusencana.ca/

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28 Feb 2013, 15:06