Fracking - the pursuit of natural gas in stratified layers of sedimentary rock

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Hi Ken, I have been told this repeatedly by those closely alined with the anti-industrial wind turbine movement. It's hard to find out or to actually see a "contract" because the owner of said land must sign the contract which sipulates that they can't disclose the contents of the contract, although some people have because they were unhappy (understatement) with the "deal" and wanted to back out.

I will try to find out more on this but I guess the area that I reside - south western Ontario (huron, Bruce counties) may well have known natural gas underneath it and so why the private companies are doing a 2 for 1.

I'll get more info on this.

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India mulls natural gas imports via Atlantic Canada


Where once North America largely imported gas, new technology called hydraulic fracturing-or fracking-has led to an explosion in unconventional exploration, development, and ultimately supply. That is driving down prices, and making natural gas-often talked about as cleaner than oil-particularly palatable to overseas markets such as India.




"Shale gas reserves are so plentiful, and their development has been so successful, that prices have dropped significantly. It really is making the North American market attractive for LNG importers," said Lawrence Smith, a partner at the law firm Bennett Jones with experience in the industry's regulatory framework, and a speaker at the March meeting.




Other stakeholders are also taking note. Maritimes Energy Association executive director Barbara Pike said she had recently authored a report to the Canadian government suggesting that natural gas was a huge potential in the Indian market. She said the East Coast could play a role in that, if the infrastructure there was modified.




The Harper government also sees the potential for Canadian natural gas to be shipped to India.

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Letterman: "Ladies and gentlemen, we're screwed."

WATCH: Letterman Goes On Fracking Rant Against 'Greedy Oil And Gas Companies' On Wednesday night's "Late Show," host David Letterman took several minutes to share his thoughts on fracking.

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Ottawa faces $250-million suit over Quebec environmental stance

Quebec has abundant shale gas formations but the provincial government has declared a moratorium on fracking while it studies the environmental impact of the technology, which some say consumes unacceptable volumes of water and may be contaminating groundwater. Quebec also passed legislation in June banning drilling below the St. Lawrence River.

Lone Pine contends it deserves $250 million in compensation by Ottawa for the Quebec government’s expropriation of its drilling permit, which it says violates Canada’s obligations to treat foreign investors from other NAFTA countries fairly.

Critics of NAFTA’s Chapter 11 provisions say the threatened suit by Lone Pine drives home the risks of bilateral investor protection treaties, which they say are being increasingly used by private companies to challenge government regulations in Canada and elsewhere.

(cross-posted with the Anticosti thread)

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Global List of Fracking Bans and Moratrium :applause

Canada  (we really need to add more jurisdictions to this list!!!)


  • British Columbia
  • First Nations people in NW British Columbia enacted a four year moratorium against drilling for natural gas by Royal Dutch Shell in the Sacred Headwaters. Members of the Tahltan First Nation are blockading Shell’s coal bed methane project in the Sacred Headwaters, the birthplace of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers.
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia citizens call for ban on Nova Scotia fracking. Graham Hutchinson says the province should impose a moratorium on the controversial practice. The group recently presented a petition to Energy Minister Charlie Parker calling for a ban.
  • Québec
  • March 17, 2011: Nathalie Normandeau, Quebec’s natural resources minister, announced Wednesday that the province would no longer authorize hydraulic fracturing operations in the province in the hunt for oil and gas.


(cross-posted to the pipelines thread)


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The Fight Over Fracking


March 2012: Eastern Canada shows concern about fracking. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has not faced the same wrath from environmentalists in Canada compared with the oil sands industry. That could change as the activity picks up pace in the country and stories from the United States where shale gas recovery has been blamed for contaminating water tables and even earthquakes, attract regulatory scrutiny. Although 70% of all gas wells in Canada now use fracking, the treatment remains divisive even within various provincial governments. Shale gas-rich Quebec has slapped a moratorium on fracking, while Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are hamstrung by public backlashes, which has made exploiting relatively low reserves politically unappealing. Meanwhile, pro-fracking provinces, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, have allowed producers to use the method to access previously inaccessible gas resources. link


We dont have a moratorium in NS any more than gung-ho fracking NB does. The NDP government calls it a moratorium, but they are simply not issuing any permits. But no company wants a permit now or for the forseeable future anyway.

As far as I understand it, tecnically, Quebec is also just not issuing any permits... and withdrawing the Charest govt saying companies could still do test wells. But at least the PQ means it- and had to bite the petroindustry hand to do even that much... which the Dexter governemnt did not do, and would not short of us pushing them to the cliff edge.


posted in the Nova Scotia thread:

NDP Government Gives Fracking Waste Handler Free Ride: Colchester County Left Holding Bag

If you click on the author's name you get a list of my previous 4 articles on the issue. Though all of them may be hotlinked as references in the text of the story.



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Through the Fracking Rabbit Hole with Nova Scotia Environment

Its another horror story of fracking "regulation".

Very fact and detail rich. Trying to push this in "our" NDP government's face.

I'd be curious how much of it people find has some bearing for those of you outside the region.

I don't mean whether you like it- safe presumption the muckracking will be popular here.

Is it instructive? Does it have applcation where you live? Etc.


My understanding is that fracking is here to stay, at least for now in BC, so how can we minimize its detrimental aspects Ken?


BC NDP April 3rd, 2013 wrote:
Adrian Dix and B.C.’s New Democrats support an expanded natural-gas industry because it is good for the BC economy, and will mean more permanent jobs in BC

from that, I assume that the NDP supports more fracking.

Green Book April 7, 2013 wrote:
Regulating Fracking*


Key Goals

  • Put a moratorium on new gas exploration and drilling
  • Establish industry responsibility for repairing the environmental damage from fracking operations

from that, I assume that the BC Greens would allow existing gas exploration and drilling to continue.  More fracking.

I've read from both parties, promises of more oversight in existing practices.  The BC Greens plans appear more comprehensive, but I am disappointed that the Greens would allow fracking to continue.

For me this is an election issue.  I think there is a need to find out more and to highlight what is going on.


Earthquake in Fort St. John this week.


Wrecking The Earth: Fracking Has Grave Radiation Risks Few Talk About  -  Dr Christopher Busby

"...So I conclude that fracking, carries wtih it, some serious health issues relating to radiation exposure and local contamination...We are burning our ship - when it's all we have."

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France’s Ban On Fracking Is ‘Absolute’


- France’s ban on fracking was finally completed Friday, as its constitutional court upheld a 2011 law prohibiting the practice and canceling all exploration permits. The decision posted on the court’s website said the ban “conforms to the constitution” and is not “disproportionate,” effectively protecting it from any future legal challenge.
- And that’s not just talk. France has ambitious goals for a low-carbon future and is currently considering a tax on carbon emissions and a nuclear tax. Revenue would go to renewables and energy efficiency standards. France plans to cut fossil fuel use by 30 percent by 2030, at the same time that it de-emphasizes the nuclear power that provides three quarters of the nation’s energy.
“It’s a judicial victory but also an environmental and political victory,” Martin said. “With this decision the ban on hydraulic fracturing is absolute.”
Will Quebec follow suit?   



A permanent ban is not remotely in the cards in the near future. But the prospects for continuing to sideline this particular environmental catastrophe look quite good in Quebec.

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This is a disturbing story about a couple in the Alberta foothills and the problems they have had in the last few years after they started fracking in their region. This is what is coming everywhere they frack.  The process should be banned outright everywhere in this country.  I would hope that one of the three main federal party would but a ban in its platform but none have stepped up to the plate so far.  We know the Cons are gung ho on digging up as much carbon as possible as fast as possible and the Liberals under TRudeau are not the Dion Liberals on environmental issues.  That only leaves one hope for the countries environment.


The Hawkwoods live approximately five kilometres from most of the flaring, and have carefully documented the impacts on their health for the last three years, with the hope that authorities might do something.

Nielle says that she has experienced unnatural hair loss, and both her and Howard's general health have suffered markedly. But they know others who have been more severely impacted.

"I've lost a lot of hair," Nielle says. "We've had skin irritation, nasal irritation, eye irritation. And these are chronic problems.... They've just been building up over the last three years since fracking started here."

Adds Nielle: "They can use us as guinea pigs and look at what happens to us to get some basis for saying that there are health concerns with this technology."

Because the list of chemicals that could be present is endless and unknown, testing air quality can be expensive and difficult. But in studies where flared gases have been tested for a limited range of pollutants, high levels of benzene were recorded.

Benzene can cause leukemia, and Nielle suspects it has also contributed to her hair loss.

A 2011 U.S. study found that 75 per cent of 632 chemicals used in natural gas drilling operations could affect the skin, eyes and gastrointestinal tract, while 50 per cent would impact the brain and nervous system and kidneys. 25 per cent can cause cancers.


69% of Nova Scotians support continued ban on fracking

Only 15% want ban lifted.

We commissioned this poll to go along with the one that got the NS election results bang on.


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Documents show fracking is soaring in Alberta

Alberta New Democrats say newly released documents show fracking has become an unregulated free-for-all in the province with no regard for the impact on groundwater or on people's health.

NDP Leader Brian Mason presented information Tuesday provided under freedom-of-information laws that shows the number of hydraulic fracturing licences granted by the province soared 647 per cent last year to 1,516.

Mason said the amount of water allocated and used for fracking has increased even faster.

"Most Albertans don't realize that fracking in Alberta is almost completely unregulated," he told a legislature news conference.

"And it is increasing on a dramatic scale without any understanding of what the potential consequences will be."

He said the water loss alone is sobering, with more than 17 million cubic metres used in 2013.

"This is an enormous amount of groundwater. It's pumped into the ground, it's polluted by chemicals and it's never seen again."....

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Fracking coming to NWT


One of Canada’s largest oil and gas exploration companies is set to begin fracking operations in the Northwest Territories.

But as APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports, the operation is off to a rocky start and that has area residents very concerned.

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Kasich reverses on fracking in state parks

Less than three years after signing legislation opening up Ohio state parks and forests to fracking, Gov. John Kasich now opposes the controversial horizontal drilling for oil and gas on public lands.

“At this point, the governor doesn’t support fracking in state parks,” Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols told The Dispatch. “We reserve the right to revisit that, but it’s not what he wants to do right now, and that’s been his position for the past year and a half.”

Word of Kasich’s reversal came the same day Democratic lawmakers called for an investigation of a marketing plan to promote fracking on state lands that was put together a year and a half ago by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which regulates oil and gas drilling....

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Ohio Fracking Well Suspended After Quakes

Fracking operations at one site in the state of Ohio remain suspended until further notice after five small earthquakes over a period of twenty four hours earlier this week.

Yesterday’s tremor was recorded at 2.1, following earlier ones reaching 3.0 on the Richter scale, enough to be noticeable but not enough to cause structural damage.

According to local media reports, the US Geological Survey located the epicenter of the first earthquake almost directly below one of two fracking sites run by Houston-based Hilcorp Energy, which has drilled seven wells at the site over the last two years.... bold


Industry Group Says Fracking Could Help Ukraine

"...Utilizing hyraulic fracturing technology spurs enconomic growth and jobs from within Ukraine,' the industry said last week in a letter to House Energy and Commerce chairman Fred Upton.

Ukraine has 128 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas reserves, according to the Energy Information Administration..."


NDPP wrote:

Industry Group Says Fracking Could Help Ukraine

"...Utilizing hyraulic fracturing technology spurs enconomic growth and jobs from within Ukraine,' the industry said last week in a letter to House Energy and Commerce chairman Fred Upton.

Ukraine has 128 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas reserves, according to the Energy Information Administration..."

now we know



Why Exxon-Mobil's Partnerships with Russia's Rosneft Challenge the Narrative of US Exports as Energy Weapon  -  by Steve Harris

"But even before the vote and issuing of sanctions, numerous key US officials hyped the need to expedite US oil and gas exports to fend off Europe's reliance on importing Russia's gas bounty.

In short, gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (Fracking) is increasingly seen as a 'geopolitical tool' for US power-brokers, as the New York Times explains..."


Ohio confirms “probable connection” between fracking and earthquakes

State regulators announced stricter rules to help prevent future quakes



Green Fracking? 5 Technologies for Cleaner Shale Energy


A photo of a fracking site in Pennsylvania.

Dusk falls at a hydraulic fracturing site in northeastern Pennsylvania. New technologies aim to reduce fracking's impact on land, water, and air.



It may seem strange to hear the words "fracking" and "environmentally friendly" in the same sentence.

After all, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in which high-pressure chemically treated water is used to crack rock formations and release trapped oil and gas, is a dirty term to many environmentalists. Critics decry the practice for consuming vast amounts of fresh water, creating toxic liquid waste, and adding to the atmosphere's greenhouse gas burden, mostly because of increased risk of leaks of the potent heat-trapping gas, methane. (See related quiz, "What You Don't Know About Natural Gas.")

James Hill, chief executive of the Calgary, Alberta-based energy services firm GasFrac, is one of a handful of technology pioneers determined to change that. Hill's company has introduced a new fracking method that uses no water at all. Instead, GasFrac uses a gel made from propane—a hydrocarbon that's already naturally present underground—and a combination of what it says are relatively benign chemicals, such as magnesium oxide and ferric sulfate, a chemical used in water treatment plants. Over the past few years, GasFrac has used the process 2,500 times at 700 wells in Canada and the United States.

"We're actually using hydrocarbons to produce hydrocarbons," Hill said. "It's a cycle that's more sustainable."

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Fort Nelson First Nation drums govt, industry out of LNG conference


Members of the Fort Nelson First Nation, led by the strong words of their chief councillor, Sharleen Gale, literally drummed out government and industry representatives from a conference the band was hosting on liquefied natural gas (LNG), Wednesday afternoon.

The 3-day conference, titled “Striking the Balance”, was designed to discuss both the economic opportunities and potential environmental impacts of increased fracking in the nation’s territory to supply a gas-hungry, proposed BC LNG industry. But things got off on the wrong foot when the BC Liberal government announced on Tuesday that new sweet gas processing plants would be exempted from environmental assessment. The news came as a shock to First Nations, who immediately made it clear they had not been consulted about the change....

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BC LNG faces growing First Nations opposition

One of the biggest myths pervading BC’s energy dialogue goes something like this: While First Nations stand united against the proposed Enbridge pipeline, they overwhelmingly embrace Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

Sure, Premier Christy Clark can tick off a list of aboriginal allies in her effort to build at least five among a dozen terminals proposed for Kitimat and Prince Rupert. Just last week, she announced with great fanfare LNG revenue sharing agreements with two coastal nations - Metlakatla and Lax Kw’alaams.

But a growing group of hereditary leaders, grassroots members and their allies, even some elected governments, are rising up in opposition – from the fracking fields of northeast BC that would supply the industry, to the various proposed pipeline routes across the province, to the coastal communities that would house the hulking terminals....


In a little-reported but highly significant development a few weeks ago, a group of Gitxsan hereditary chiefs in the Kispiox Valley, near Hazelton, ordered TransCanada to cease and desist test drilling relating to the pipeline it plans  to construct to Prince Rupert on behalf of Malaysian, Japanese and Indian LNG partners.

A tale of two nations: Hereditary vs. Elected

Understanding the discrepancy between the official story on First Nations’ support for LNG and the emerging, contrary reality requires some sense of the different – often competing – systems of governance amongst BC’s aboriginal communities.

Broadly speaking, there are two main forms of aboriginal government: elected and hereditary. The former is a product of the Indian Act – elected band councils which govern reserves created by the Crown. The latter is an ancestral system of  leadership made up of houses and clans – the specific makeup varying from nation to nation.

Canada’s courts – in formative cases like Delgamuuk vs. British Columbia - have often acknowledged the jurisdiction of hereditary chiefs over their nations’ often vast, resource-rich traditional territories, where such systems still exist. Elected band councils, on the other hand, generally administer the much smaller reserves which many First Nations inhabit today – again, broadly speaking. It remains a contentious legal issue, often specific to individual nations.  That said, a number of deals involving pipelines and energy terminals have been signed by elected councils, which is sewing conflict in some communities....

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Which by the way is the waste water amount for about 2,000 full production wells. Since a lot of wells never reach that capacity- that's well over 2,000 wells fracked in a year, that they are allowed to dump it all in the ocean.

That is almost as much as gung ho Pennsylvannia is now drilling and fracking. So it would mean that the industry has sought, and state govt granted, the licence for that level of dumping.... to enable the launch of a full scale industrial attack in California... which has only just begun.


now the BC government has allowed drilling and mining in provincial parks we're expecting them to start anytime in Mt Robson. it's full of shale rock mountains.

i thought parks were created to stop mining and resource exploitation?



The parks were created to "protect".

But that transforms into some very general and amorphous idea when there are enough $$$ in play.

Mining I'm sure. But not all shales have significant hydrocarbon resources in them.



here's to hoping there's none.

things here suggest something is going on fairly big other than the "twinning". there wouldn't be so much intensive buy up of property by a company solely geared towards temporary foreign workers and investors, along with "alternatives to hydro" interests. investors in the company are from Kuwait.


Kind of thread drift, but....

Are 'special interests' the only ones so far overtly promoting to twin the Yellowhead?

Is either of the provincial governments looking like they would like to get behind it?


no they aren't the only ones promoting the twinning of the transmountain

yes imv the BC government is strongly and "covertly" behind it and the AB government wants in it in there now or maybe 2 years ago



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Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition unites loggers, farmers, miners against rampant LNG development

"We are often mistaken as environmentalists, but we are not fighting for the environment for the sake of the environment," said Dana Hibbard of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition. "We are advocating for our economy and our community which depends upon a healthy environment."

Q:  Could you tell us something of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition? 

Hibbard: Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition was formed around kitchen tables and campfires ten years ago over concerns about Shell’s plans to frack for natural gas in the Sacred Headwaters-the birthplace of three of Canada’s greatest wild salmon rivers--the Skeena, Nass and Stikine [See geographic notes below]. We have always believed that the people who live where development is being proposed should have a major role in the decision making process as they will be the ones to live with the consequences.

Our region celebrated a tremendous victory just over a year ago when Royal Dutch Shell, one of the largest corporations on the planet, voluntarily gave up their tenure in the Sacred Headwaters.  We continue to work towards protection for this area and anticipate that 2014 could be the year that this becomes a reality [See SWCC 'Sacred Headwaters Campaign'].....

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Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition with Tahltan Council at a traditional hunting camp



SWCC was invited by the Wilderness Committee to join them in a series of town hall meetings.  We shared the experiences of people living and working in this region and how we are already being impacted by this proposed industry. Most of the projects being proposed have not yet received an environmental assessment certificate but we are already feeling the impacts of rampant industrialization on our communities. We think it is important for the population centers of BC to understand that what government and industry are saying in the papers is very different from the reality we are facing in the north. 

This tour was an important opportunity to establish connections between the north and south of the province. With LNG terminals being proposed for southern locations such as Squamish, now is a critical time to bring people together across the province to confront the impacts this industry would have on our climate, economy and communities.

These projects are a provincial issue, not just a northwest issue. The BC government is supporting the rampant development of this industry without consulting the people who live in these communities. If these projects go through, the impacts will be felt across the entire province.

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Defiant northern Chief galvanizes BC First Nations against Premier's LNG plans

The actions of a young, tough-talking First Nations leader in northeast B.C. last week, that sparked the embarrassing reversal of a cabinet decision to fast-track natural gas plants, appears to be rallying province-wide Aboriginal opposition to Liquified Natural Gas plans.


The video-captured incident, uploaded to YouTube, is now being seized by First Nations leaders across B.C. to tell Premier Christy Clark to slow down her LNG plans and respect Aboriginal land and environmental concerns, or risk seeing her entire LNG economic strategy – worth $78 billion – go up in smoke.

“This is the end of the love in on LNG," said Coastal First Nation director Art Sterritt on Tuesday.  

"Everyone was trying to make it work, but when everyone took off the rose-coloured glasses, you realized everyone was getting a raw deal,” he added.

The so-called “Fort Nelson incident” has united several Aboriginal political entities – including the First Nations Summit, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, and the Assembly of First Nations -- to sign a Declaration to put B.C.’s LNG Strategy “on hold.”

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..from the council of canadians a petition to the members of parliament.


On July 28, 2010, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing the human right to water and sanitation. After years of denying that the right to water even existed, the Canadian government finally confirmed the right to water in 2012. It’s time for the Canadian government to uphold this right by banning fracking.

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LNG Demonstration at Hagwilget Bridge - Hazelton BC


A group of citizens from various backgrounds (doctor, nurse, dental hygienist, farmer, carpenter, social-worker, paramedic, driller, miner, welder, etc.) are fed up with the way LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) is being proposed in BC. They launched a day-long info demonstration on the single-lane Hagwilget Bridge. Homemade cookies, a tent full of info and brochures were paid for out of the pockets of these everyday citizens.


..according to this short video from ccpa the increase in bc's employment would be 0.1%. fracking is not about's about greed where the corporations are concerned. for the provincial gov it's about creating the illusion that they are creating jobs thus worthy of reelection. this illusion can be drawn out for years. edit

Don't Frack the Law! Why BC's natural gas plans will kill our climate action targets


U.S. to Map the Risks of Man-Made Earthquakes

A rise in the frequency of earthquakes in regions with increasing oil and gas extraction is prompting scientists for the first time to assess risks of man-made quakes and include them on federal maps that influence building codes and public policy.

The new mapping, which the U.S. Geological Survey hopes to release later this year, is likely to put regions of the central U.S. not typically thought of as earthquake zones on notice for greater seismic hazards. Unlike West Coast states at high risk for major quakes, like California, other areas typically aren't as prepared to handle strong temblors.

The USGS regularly maps hazards from naturally occurring quakes, alerting building engineers and local governments to the probability of moderate and strong shaking in their regions based on fault lines and seismic studies. The agency said that in the wake of research showing increased seismic activity in certain regions--including two strong 2011 quakes in Colorado and Oklahoma--it decided to release a separate map to evaluate the risk of man-made quakes, called induced quakes.

"We've never done this before," said Justin Rubinstein, a USGS seismologist working on the assessment. "We've never tried to consider induced earthquakes in hazards."

An average rate of more than 100 earthquakes a year above a magnitude 3.0 occurred in the four years from 2010 to 2013 in the central and eastern U.S., compared with an average rate of 20 events a year observed from 1970 to 2000, according to the USGS.

"The number of earthquakes within central and eastern United States has increased dramatically over the past few years, coinciding with increased hydraulic fracturing," or fracking, and the subterranean disposal of wastewater from oil extraction, said the Seismological Society of America, an organization of quake scientists, at its meeting here on Thursday.

Mr. Rubinstein said the USGS remains "agnostic" on the causes of the increase. "We're not here to point fingers," he said, adding that "an increase in earthquake rate" for any reason "implies that the probability of a larger earthquake has also risen."

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'Over my dead body': northern BC residents overwhelmed by massive LNG push


What really bothers him is how fast LNG industry is coming in, and how little control local residents seem to have on this massive industrial push.  Many here are ranchers, farmers, loggers, fishers and guide outfitters – and they don’t want their sustainable way of life destroyed.

“I’ve worked in oil and gas.  It’s a boom and bust deal.  It’s not sustainable.  The sports fishing industry is sustainable, the food fishing for the First Nations is too.  That’s their life blood.”

“If this goes through – kiss it goodbye,” said Allen.

Construction of three new multi-billion-dollar pipelines, by TransCanada, Altagas, and Spectra Energy, could soon slice the wilderness near his home. 

But that’s not all.

The Clark government is entertaining a jaw-dropping 19 LNG proposals in British Columbia: six pipelines, 13 LNG export terminals.  The Ministry of Natural Gas Development says if five of the terminals are built, $178 billion in investment will be attracted.

That’s enough money to build 15 Northern Gateway pipelines....


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Santa Cruz Is First California County to Ban Fracking

Santa Cruz County has become the first county in California to impose a “permanent” ban on fracking, as well as all other on-shore oil and gas development. Tuesday morning the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the pre-emptive move against hydraulic fracturing, a technology that uses water and chemicals to unlock oil and gas underground.

“Some would say this is a symbolic gesture,” said Supervisor Bruce McPherson. “But I think it’s a message that needs to be sent out and listened to, especially on our quality of life and particularly about the impact it might have on our water supply, whether it occurs inside this county or in adjacent counties....

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Jessica Ernst Exposes Drilling and Fracking Crimes in Alberta


Filmed at the University of Lethbridge, March 25, 2014

This You Tube is a compilation of segments from a 90 minute talk. The full version will be available soon.

Jessica Ernst worked for over three decades as an environmental biologist doing research and independent consulting for the Alberta petroleum industry. One of her main clients was the EnCana Company, which began large-scale fracking in the region of her home community of Rosebud Alberta in the early years of the 21st century.

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..powerful presentation

Jessica Ernst Exposes Drilling and Fracking Crimes in Alberta


Filmed at the University of Lethbridge, March 25, 2014

This You Tube is a compilation of segments from a 90 minute talk. The full version will be available soon.

Jessica Ernst worked for over three decades as an environmental biologist doing research and independent consulting for the Alberta petroleum industry. One of her main clients was the EnCana Company, which began large-scale fracking in the region of her home community of Rosebud Alberta in the early years of the 21st century.


Provincial regulator abandons unreclaimed Cogmagun well site

Oil industry self regulation in Nova Scotia falls short


I have been writing about this for nearly two years now, usually about regulatory failures. Complete list of articles.

Miles Howe writes about Elsipogtog and other Mew Brunswick. Some of his articles have been posted in various Babble threads. He also wrote about shennanigans here before I pretty much took over that 'franchise'. His list.


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California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.

The state's Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources on July 7 issued cease and desist orders to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting their waste into aquifers that could be a source of drinking water, and stating that their waste disposal "poses danger to life, health, property, and natural resources." The orders were first reported by the Bakersfield Californian, and the state has confirmed with ProPublica that its investigation is expanding to look at additional wells....


California aquifers contaminated with billions of gallons of fracking wastewater

Industry illegally injected about 3 billion gallons of fracking wastewater into central California drinking-water and farm-irrigation aquifers, the state found after the US Environmental Protection Agency ordered a review of possible contamination.

According to documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity, the California State Water Resources Board found that at least nine of the 11 hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, wastewater injection sites that were shut down in July upon suspicion of contamination were in fact riddled with toxic fluids used to unleash energy reserves deep underground. The aquifers, protected by state law and the federal Safe Water Drinking Act, supply quality water in a state currently suffering unprecedented drought.

Despite these damning findings, the extent of wastewater pollution is still undetermined, as the Central Valley Water Board has thus far only tested eight water wells of the more than 100 in the area, according to the documents.

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Victory for Beyond Extreme Energy at FERC

Who would have thought it? On Friday morning, November 7th, for 2 ½ hours, the determined and courageous nonviolent activists of Beyond Extreme Energy shut down the DC headquarters of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC.

All three entrances to the building were successfully blockaded, and virtually no one was getting in.

By 9 am there were about 150 FERC employees massed on the sidewalks in front of FERC, waiting for the police to clear away five fracking fighters who had successfully locked down at 7 am with lock boxes across the driveway into the FERC parking garage. The driveway had been the route used by police to funnel FERC employees into the building for the four days previous when BXE activists had successfully blockaded the two pedestrian entrances.

For short periods of time during those four days, no more than for maybe 20 minutes at a time, we had been able to prevent pedestrian use of that driveway (we prevented car use for the entire week). We did so by forming a long enough line of people to prevent anyone getting through, until the cops moved in and made arrests after their required three warnings. About 70 people were arrested over the course of the week.

But Friday morning was different. And because of the successful lock box action and total blockade, it was different in a way none of the BXE organizers had even thought about.

Friday was the day for additional fracktivists and extractivists from the severely fracked-up state of Pennsylvania to join BXE. So as those 150 FERC employees waited to get into the building, we organized a teach-in on the front sidewalk, right in the midst of the employees. For fifteen or twenty minutes people like Maggie Henry and Veronica Coptis spoke from the heart, shedding tears but fighting through them, to let the silent and listening FERC employees know the human toll that their support of the gas rush has caused. There were no catcalls, no boos, no one publicly questioning the truth of what was being said.

It was a very special moment.

We had been talking with and distributing material to FERC employees and others passing by all week. The leaflet we distributed to FERC employees said, in part:

“We apologize for any disruption to your work day, but that’s what we’re here for—to disrupt the workings of FERC, which continues to approve gas infrastructure projects that threaten the health and quality of life for millions of Americans and the whole planet through increased greenhouse gas emissions....