The Capitol Pressroom for May 25, 2012 | WCNY Blogs

The Capitol Pressroom for May 25, 2012 | WCNY Blogs.

You know the David and Goliath story – In the version you will hear on today’s show,  David is a 54 year old Canadian scientist by the name of Jessica Ernst .   An unlikely hero in that she worked with and for the petroleum industry for 30 years.  In this story, her Goliath is one of the largest natural gas producers in the world, EnCana.  With Ernst’s diligence, the Canadian Energy Resources Conservation Board has started to pursue EnCana for negligence and unlawful activities.  While the issue is still in court, and none of Ernst’s claims have been proven, she was asked to testify at the UN on the same issue.

The Truth and Consequences of Fracking”.

“The Truth and Consequences of Fracking”
Canadian Oil & Gas Consultant Jessica Ernst to Give Presentation in Ithaca
7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 23, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Ithaca

Jessica Ernst, a scientist from Alberta, Canada who is suing the EnCana gas company for contaminating her water well with methane and toxic chemicals and the Alberta regulators for negligence and unlawful activities, will present “The Truth and Consequences of Fracking”.

Alberta has been hit hard by fracking for coal bed methane. Industry, the regulators and Alberta government try hard to silence Ernst. She is visiting New York to help residents understand the dire consequences of fracking before it begins in the state.

Jessica Ernst background:
Jessica Ernst, from Rosebud, Alberta, Canada, is an environmental consultant to the oil and gas industry with 30 years of experience. Speaking to worldwide audiences about the consequences of fracking, she has traveled to Ireland and to the United Nations, where she received UNANIMA International’s “Woman of Courage” award for her efforts to hold companies accountable for environmental harm done by fracking.
Ernst’s lawsuit (allegations to be proven in court):
Video of Jessica Ernst talk 11/12/11:!
Ms. Ernst will present in four locations in the area:  All events start at 7:00
Monday, May 21, Elmira Heights Theater, 210 E. 14 St., Elmira Heights, sponsored by People for a Healthy Environment, Inc.
Tuesday, May 22, Hubbard Auditorium, Tioga County Office Building, 76 Main Street, Owego, sponsored by RAFT – Residents Against Fracking Tioga, and Coalition to Protect New York.
Wednesday, May 23, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Ithaca, sponsored by Shaleshock, DRAC, and the Social Justice Committee of First Unitarian Society
Thursday, May 24, LaFayette High School, 3122 Rte. 11 N., LaFayette, sponsored by Gas Drilling Awareness of Cortland County, ShaleshockCNY, Syracuse Peace Council, and Skaneateles Citizens Hydrofracking Committee
The events are free and open.