Cowichan Conversations: Encana and Regulator Sued For Granting Water Licences For Fracking

Here is a video regarding a law suit being launched challenging the water approvals for the massive fracking operations throughout Northern BC–Courtesy of Damien Gillis from the Common Sense Canadian.

Cowichan Conversations: Encana and Alberta Facing A Multi Million Dollar Lawsuit Over Fracking Damages

Richard Hughes PoliticalBlogger Energy Giant Encana met a woman who was not about to be pushed around by industry or compliant government regulators.  Landowner Jessica Ernst has launched a Multi-million dollar lawsuit against the EnCana and Alberta government regulators over water contamination. Jessica Ernst is also telling her story to the United Nations in New ...

DeSmogBlog: Time to Audit the Fraser Institute

Fraser-Institute.jpg On March 25, 2012, the Compliance Division of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) received a letter from Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP (aka JSS Barristers). In 11 detailed pages, JSS Barristers lodged a complaint against Environmental Defence, a charity registered with the CRA, on behalf of Ezra Levant’s brainchild, the Ethical Oil Institute. ...

DeSmogBlog: Massey WV Coal Battle Take Two: Erie, CO Citizens Fight Fracking

shutterstock_15465343 (1).jpg Erie, CO meet Naoma, WV. Though seemingly different battles over different ecologically hazardous extractive processes — hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for unconventional gas versus mountaintop removal for coal — the two battles are one in the same and direct parallels of one another.  On June 2, a coalition of activist organizations led by Erie Rising and ...

DeSmogBlog: Unethical Oil: Why Is Canada Killing Wolves and Muzzling Scientists To Protect Tar Sands Interests?

shutterstock_71225605.jpg In the latest and perhaps most astonishing display of the tar sands industry’s attacks on science and our democracy, the government of Alberta has made plans to initiate a large-scale wolf slaughter to provide cover for the destruction wrought by the industrialization of the boreal forest ecosystem. In the coming years, an anticipated 6,000 wolves will be ...

DeSmogBlog: ExxonMobil and Shell Eyeing North American LNG Export Deals

LNG Export.jpg Yesterday, LNG World News reported that ExxonMobil Vice President Andrew Swiger announced, at a conference hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, that it was actively seeking LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminals throughout North America, including, but not limited to, in British Columbia and on the Gulf Coast. “In terms of exports from North America, whether ...

DeSmogBlog: Gas Industry Geologists – Not Doctors – Decide If Water Is "Safe" in Alberta Fracking Contamination Cases

Screen shot 2011-11-14 at 10.18.36 PM.png Water contamination is at the heart of the fracking debate. Gas companies and their well-funded industry support groups (still) adamantly contend that ‘there are no proven instances of drinking water contamination due to fracking.’ But as Chris Mooney recently wrote about in the Scientific American, and as DeSmogBlog pointed ...

DeSmogBlog: Massive Natural Gas Export Deal Inked by BG Group, So Much for Industry’s "Domestic Energy" Claims

shutterstock_74395414.jpg The natural gas industry's favorite public relations ploy about the necessity of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the process through which "clean natural gas" is now procured, is that the patriotic gas industry is championing the shale gas boom for domestic consumption and for "national security purposes." We now know definitively that this is pure propaganda. Enter the smoking ...

DeSmogBlog: World’s Biggest Fracking Operations: CBC Covers the Shale Gas Boom in BC

Screen shot 2011-09-27 at 4.35.49 PM.png Yesterday the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) announced their investigative series on fracking in British Columbia. The feature report will cover the rise of the shale boom in the province’s remote northeast corner. The CBC radio report, called Cornering Gas, presents an opportunity for people to voice their concerns about ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: New West Partnership Includes CAPP Lobbyists in Fracking Policy Development

Picture 2.png The British Columbia Ministry of Energy was designated a “lead agency” in a backroom collaboration with Alberta and Saskatchewan to address water concerns for the province’s rapidly expanding shale gas industry. The New West Partnership, an undisclosed collaboration between Canada's three western provinces to expedite shale gas extraction, has held four secret meetings ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Gas Fracking War In British Columbia’s Wildlands

Screen shot 2011-06-09 at 6.43.56 PM.png Independent Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in British Columbia are calling upon Premier Christy Clark to launch a comprehensive investigation into hydraulic fracturing. This demand comes late in the game, some say, after the world’s largest fracking operations have already taken place in the remote and pristine wilds ...