Albertan, Tired of Her Tap Water Catching Fire, Sues

Social, legal and health issues related to air and water toxic pollution in Australia.

Albertan, Tired of Her Tap Water Catching Fire, Sues

Postby HVPA_research » Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:28 am

Link to this page:
Tags: CSG,CBM, Canada,frack,water,methane,fire,law,EnCana,regulators,gov

Scientist Jessica Ernst hits gas giant EnCana, regulators with fracking lawsuit.
By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Apr 2011,, CANADA.

Somehow we have managed to miss this important article that shows what happens when gas companies are given free run by government regulators. I note that the article was syndicated on the website of Coal Seam Gas News ( run by our northern friends in Kyogle, The article is about a legal battle centered on flaming tap water as a result of intensive of fracking of the coal seams in Alberta, Canada. This is similar to the famous scenes in Gasland. You will recall that the Australian gas industry went into great length to "prove" that Josh Fox either faked the whole scene or that methane escape into domestic wells is perfectly natural. This article proves otherwise.

Here is a brief quote from the original article but I recommend to read the lot because it shows what can happen to us if we are not careful. AGL Energy is well on the way (


Perhaps no story better illustrates these bitter energy truths than that of Jessica Ernst and Alberta's coal bed methane (CBM) boom. And it concerns the energy debate of the hour: hydraulic fracturing.

Fracking comes to Rosebud
Kobo WiFi eReader

Beginning nearly a decade ago, the natural gas industry carpet-bombed some of the Alberta's best agricultural land with 10,000 shallow CBM wells. It also fracked everything underneath. No company disclosed what toxic chemicals they actually deployed to break open these shallow coal seams. And no regulator recorded the original state of the groundwater either.

And then along come Ernst, a 54-year-old scientist and oil patch consultant. Before the boom she lived on top of an unfractured coal seam on a quiet piece of fescue just north of Calgary in a town called Rosebud. Clean and nonflammable water flowed through coal formations that fed her water well and that of her neighbors. Historical water records confirm it.

But during the boom things changed. The region's geological formations got blasted so many times by highly pressurized injections of nitrogen, water, sand and toxic chemicals that methane started to seep up all over the place. Even Ernst's dogs stopped drinking the water. Today the landowner can now set her tap water on fire. In fact, she now trucks in fresh water to avoid inconvenient kitchen explosions while making dinner. Nor is she alone.
Posts: 588
Joined: Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:26 pm

Return to Coal Seam Gas and Environment

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest