Best letter to the Editor: “Fracking must be stopped. It poisons our drinking water and pollutes our air. … Health hazards cannot be prevented. … Laws do not protect people. No regulations protect people. The process is not safe. Fracking must be banned.”

Ban fracking for sake of humanity by Barbara Hughes, Las Vegas Sun, July 26, 2021

Fracking must be stopped. It poisons our drinking water and pollutes our air.

More fracking means more deadly climate change. Health hazards cannot be prevented. When fracking emits methane (which is toxic and explosive), it can build up in the air and cause sickness and suffocation.

Big corporations think about profits instead of human welfare. Laws do not protect people. No regulations protect people. The process is not safe. Fracking must be banned.

Refer also to:

While our synergizing, oil patch controlled/financed, money-grubbing NGOs were proclaiming frac’d natural gas to be a wonderful clean safe “bridge fuel” and worked to undermine me trying to warn people about frac’ing’s endless harms (NGO staff get paid, I do not):

2004: Jessica Ernst presents October 2004 at Encana Calgary Head Office Surface Land Brainstorming & Optimization Session

2005: Jessica Ernst Speaking Events

2006: Jessica Ernst at Granum, Alberta

Some of the impacts and unresolved concerns to date (and many many more since):

– Entirely lacking, improving to inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information;
– Repeat broken promises and lack of follow through

– human waste – signs of human defecation on leases, private driveways, etc;
– Drilling mud, some of it toxic
– Saline and fresh water from producing wells.

Shallow Fracturing with potentially toxic chemicals in the additives:
– Secret recipes used, no information on possible health hazards provided;
– Vertical coal cleats may fracture open resulting in vertical gas migration;
– Gas may migrate up energy wells into aquifers.

Noise – notably compressors, also rigs, traffic, flaring
Sound is something you can control, i.e. you can turn it on or off. Noise is something you can not control – you can not turn it off – not even at 4 in the morning when you are trying to sleep.
– 24/7;
– noise levels exponentially increase as CBM is developed;
– In 2004, EnCana falsified two out of two noise studies in response to my noise complaint, the regulator enabled this.
– there is little escape.

Personality change:
– Increased stress, irritability, anger, lack of sleep, loss of legal right to quiet enjoyment of property

Cumulative effects – living in an industrial invasion with:
– Feelings of loss of control as infrastructure and leases expand;
– Diminished personal rights on surface lands and in homes;
– Government and regulators ineffective at upholding regulations or protecting citizen rights;
– Company “good neighbour” policies sound good but I have not yet seen them happen.

Multitude of unconventional wells requires “flea bitten dog drilling” [referred to by industry as “Carpet Bombing”]

Example of 15 sections around my home:
Section #Wells in that Section
1-27-22-W4M = 12
2-27-22-W4M = 20
3-27-22-W4M = 6
9-27-22-W4M = 12
10-27-22-W4M = 12
11-27-22-W4M = 11
12-27-22-W4M = 13
13-27-22-W4M = 8 – this is where I live
14-27-22-W4M = 11
15-27-22-W4M = 10
23-27-22-W4M = 13
24-27-22-W4M = 9
6-27-21-W4M = 6
7-27-21-W4M = 10
18-27-21-W4M = 10
Total = 170 wells in 15 sections
Average = 11 per section [as per January 2006 (many more wells since)]

The 2006 Alberta Unconventional Gas Tour

Source of clippings: What Lies Beneath Herald Report

During the tour, the ERCB (now AER) was overheard telling the press that the regulator paid for, organized and put on the tour, which is untrue, the citizenry did.

2006 12 31:

2007: Jessica Ernst speaking events

2011: Ernst presentation at the UN: Is hydraulic fracturing safe and sustainable?

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

2013: Alberta scientist Jessica Ernst warns Newfoundland of fracking risk with first-hand experience

2014: Fracking is dangerous, harms health, contaminates groundwater and it can and has been proven

2014: There are proven cases of frac’ing contamination

2015: If frac’ing is safe & wonderful, why so many gag orders, why is fracking killing hope, people, fish, animals, vegetation, water, air, soil, and busting caprock? Why so much fraud by regulators, politicians, companies, NGOs, experts, academics etc covering up murderous corporate crimes: threats, bullying, abuse; dropping rodent shit into water wells of the harmed; trespassing, home invasions, interrogations of harmed families by police; intimidation; “terrorist” labeling to violate rights of citizens filing lawsuits? George Bender “died of a broken heart” says family.

2015: Slick Water by Andrew Nikiforuk: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand against the World’s Most Powerful Industry

2017: BC Tap Water Alliance No Longer a Signatory with CCPA Calling for Frac Regulations Under Guise of Calling for Public Inquiry of Frac’ing in BC. Thank you Will Koop, for withdrawing from and saying “NO!” to Synergy Alberta!

2017: To Honour the Fallen on Remembrance Day: Make public AER’s secret “D79 Abandoned Well Methane Toxicity Preliminary Assessment” & Appendix 2 by Alberta Health, Admitting “Acute-Life threatening” risks & “Neurological effects”

Slide above by Alberta Health

2019: Living in the middle of a gas field in Canada

2020: AER enables Vesta’s rape of Red Deer River for frac’ing, allows withdrawal of “half a cubic metre of water per second” assaulting residents with 80 decibels “deafening noise” day & night, diesel & light pollution, forcing pilot to sleep in hotel instead of his own home. Appears Vesta is boiling the river for access; thanks to AER, when you catch fish in Alberta now, it’s pre-cooked.

2021: New Irish Study: Frac’ing not compatible with human rights law; “Must be banned worldwide” … “No amount of regulation can adequately address all the problems that fracking causes”

2021: Alan Brubaker against frac’ing: “Those chemicals they use to frack are highly poisonous to humans. Those chemicals cannot be filtered out. What are you thinking, money over the lives of millions people? All who pass this should be put in prison for life.”

2021: New Report: “Nightmare Contaminant” Forever Chemicals (PFAS) Use in Drilling & Frac’ing in More than 1,200 Wells in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming between 2012 and 2020, including by Encana (in Canada too?)

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