2015 12 19 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY & MERRY CHRISTMAS! CHEMICALS ILLEGALLY INJECTED BY ENCANA IN 2004 INTO ROSEBUD’S DRINKING WATER AQUIFERS REMAIN SECRET, CONTRARY EVEN TO ALBERTA’S RULES OF COURT:
Encana still has not filed with Ernst cleaned up records for their document exchange (which had a December 19, 2014 deadline ordered by Chief Justice Wittmann); chemicals Encana injected into Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers also not yet disclosed, even though required under the Court Rules, including all trade secrets.
2004, Encana secretly illegally frac’s Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers, in secret, without a permit to divert fresh water, as required under Alberta’s Water Act.
Encana’s 5-14 illegal aquifer fracs on file at Alberta’s Groundwater Database
2005, Encana admits frac chemicals used in Alberta are toxic:
Results below from Alberta regulator sampling:
And, the life threatening natural gases frac’d and released into the community’s drinking water:
Slides from Ernst speaking events, 2011-2014
When will oil patch management & CEOs be jailed for the company they are working for fracing a community’s drinking water aquifers, releasing life-threatening explosive levels of gases into citizen water wells, homes, and businesses, and covering the atrocities up?
Edmonton dry cleaner first person in Canada to get jail sentence for using dangerous chemicals by Tony Blais, February 23, 2016, Edmonton Journal
An Edmonton businessman has become the first person in Canada to get a jail sentence on a conviction under environmental laws governing the use of carcinogens in dry cleaning.
Ali Eldin, 68, was handed a four-month conditional sentence Tuesday to be served in the community, after pleading guilty to five Canadian Environmental Protection Act offences relating to the use of tetrachloroethylene, which is also known as perchloroethylene or PERC.
Provincial court Judge Janet Dixon slammed Eldin for not complying with federal regulations despite previous warnings and convictions which educated him on the risk to both employees and the public from the use of such “nefarious” and “insidious” chemicals.
“You say you care about your employees and the environment, but actions speak louder than words. PERC is bad stuff,” Dixon said. “You need to go to jail for this.”
However, the judge agreed that Eldin could serve his sentence in the community under house arrest for the first two and a half months and a daily curfew for the balance, saying she believes he will be deterred as a result of the “shame” placed on him and his family.
Eldin, a married father of three who has been in the dry-cleaning business for 29 years, must also perform 60 hours of community service. He was ordered to take out a full-page ad in a national magazine for the dry-cleaning industry, explaining his convictions and sentence. [Who has the courage to order Gwyn Morgan, ex-Encana-CEO, and Gerard Protti, ex-Encana-VP (now Chair of the regulator), to do the same?]
Court heard Eldin is the owner of First Class Cleaners and also owns and operates several dry-cleaning facilities, including Todd Cleaners at 8905 99 St. The 2013 offences took place at First Class Cleaners, 10050 105 St., which is now only being used as a pickup depot.
Prosecutor Michelle Ferguson told court that tetrachloroethylene is both a water and an air contaminant which is harmful to the environment and to people, and can be hazardous in cases of skin contact or inhalation. She said it is a proven carcinogen for animals and a probable carcinogen for humans.
Ferguson said the regulations require that tetrachloroethylene and its waste water and residue must be stored in closed containers at all times. The chemical can only be used when a secondary containment system is in place and all residue must be taken to a waste management facility within 12 months.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Environment Canada enforcement officers did several inspections at First Class Cleaners in May 2013 and noted that containers with tetrachloroethylene had no covers and there was no secondary containment system being used. The chemical was also found in other areas without secondary containment. As well, waste containing the hazardous chemical had not been shipped out within the 12-month deadline.
[How Encana stores chemicals in the rain at Rosebud:
Court heard Eldin received warning letters about violations of thetetrachloroethylene regulations in 2005 and 2007. He was fined in both 2009 and 2010 after pleading guilty to related offences.
Defence lawyer Robert Bruce told court that Eldin was guilty of “errors of omission” and said he had been too busy at the time to “properly supervise” his employees.
“He is extremely contrite and quite embarrassed, to say the least,” said Bruce, adding Eldin is now in compliance with the regulations at all of his facilities.
Eldin told the judge he has been working hard to follow the regulations for the past three years and said all of his employees are at Todd’s Cleaners and not exposed to the “dangerous chemical.” [Emphasis added]
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“After four years, you lose hope,” he says. “There’s no hope.” Four years without water in frac’d Pennsylvania community; Eleven years without safe water in Rosebud after frauds by Alberta’s “Best in the world” regulators enable Encana’s frac crimes
2013: Evidence Presented by Encana to 41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION Standing Committee Natural Resources; Encana taking step to stop frac’ing with benzene, diesel, chromium, arsenic, mercury etc Did Encana take the “step to stop,” or was this just lying corporate frac wash? And so did Encana frac with these toxics at Rosebud? Did Encana inject chromium, benzene, petroleum distillates, phthalates into the community’s drinking water?
“What is the acceptable risk for increased risk for childhood cancer? It’s zero.” & Open Letter by Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment to NB Premier Gallant: Termination of Dr. Eilish Cleary, Chief Medical Officer of Health, a concern
UPDATED WITH PHOTOS, AER’s EMERGENCY COMMAND CENTRE SET UP 2.5 HRS AWAY! DON’T AER COMMAND STAFF WANT TO DAMAGE THEIR BRAINS? Encana’s Fox Creek blow out spewing 20,000,000,000 litres/day sour gas & condensate: Where’s the regulator? Ex-Encana VP Gerard Protti = AER Chair; Ex-Encana Manager Mark Taylor = AER VP Industry Operations
Taxpayers face $4.3-million bill, maybe millions more, after gas station owner fails to clean up; How many billions do taxpayers face in damages by oil & gas drilling, fracing & quaking, and ignored or covered-up by legally immune, “No Duty of Care” AER?
Alberta Health Services Warning: Drinking water contamination in Kneehill County: Toxic Selenium and Uranium found in private water wells; Metals testing not mandatory before fracing, waste dumping and injection, not even when companies frac into drinking water aquifers
Edmonton’s bad air is dirtier than Toronto’s. “Levels of contaminants higher than in some of the world’s most polluted cities have been found downwind of Canada’s largest oil, gas and tar sands processing zone…where men suffer elevated rates of cancers linked to such chemicals”
Fracking might be as damaging as thalidomide, tobacco and asbestos, UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser warns in new report: “In all these and many other cases, delayed recognition of adverse effects incurred not only serious environmental or health impacts, but massive expense”
Harper government enabling the frac harm cover up? Environment Canada criticized for leaving fracking chemicals off pollutant list saying not enough frac chemicals used – 362,000 litres of diesel invert lost underground near Alberta family home