Contamination of North America’s Groundwater from Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing) Revealed in a New Case History Catalogue

B.C. Tap Water Alliance Press Release, June 16, 2013 (English and French)

Contamination of North America’s Groundwater from Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing)
Revealed in a New Case History Catalogue

(Stop Fracking British Columbia –

Vancouver, BC – Alberta-based environmental consultant Jessica Ernst just released the first
comprehensive catalogue and summary compendium of facts related to the contamination of North
America’s ground water sources resulting from the oil and gas industry’s controversial practice of
hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Based on research collected over many years, the 93-page report, Brief Review of Threats to
Groundwater from the Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Migration and Hydraulic Fracturing
, looks
to be a game-changer document, providing little ‘wriggle room’ for private industry and
government spokespeople advocating fracking’s immunity from public concern, criticism and

Ever since the pioneering days of Coalbed Methane fracking experiments in southeast and
southwest United States in the late 1970s, and through subsequent and evolving grandiose technical
stages of widespread experimenting with fracking in the United States and Canada, the deep-pocketed
inter-corporate industry has consistently fought and influenced both government and
citizenry by burying the truth about its cumulative impacts to the environment and human health
through confidentiality agreements, threats, half-truths, and deceptions. This catalogue, devoted
primarily to the theme of groundwater impacts, helps to shine the light upon a behemoth circus of
utter pitch black darkness.

“Jessica Ernst has made a strong case,” notes Will Koop, B.C. Tap Water Alliance Coordinator.
“Her collection provides excellent and technically friendly working tools, enabling the public to
draw their own conclusions from the critical information. This is not just an invaluable document
for North Americans, but for the world.”

For Website Links to Ernst’s Document Catalogue:

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.