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Canadian Scientist Files Fracking Lawsuit Against EnCana

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A fracking lawsuit has been filed by scientist Jessica Ernst, a 54 year old oil and gas consultant, against EnCana, a North American oil and gas company, the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) and Alberta Environment, the provincial ministry responsible for overseeing the environmental protection of Alberta’s environmental resources.

The lawsuit alleges that EnCana, without the knowledge of residents, began an experimental drilling program and injected fracking fluids into the aquifer that residents depend on for drinking water. It goes on to state that  the negligent drilling practices released methane and other contaminants into the freshwater supply that is supposed to be protected and regulated by Alberta Environment.

It also claims that Alberta Environment and the ERCB failed to “follow the investigation and enforcement processes that they had established and publicized” when EnCana breached legal drilling requirements, and that subsequent investigations were “completed negligently and in bad faith”, and responded to Ernst’s complaints in a “hostile and confrontational manner”.

The Ernst lawsuit claims that the ERCB and Alberta Environment have “consistently failed to enforce regulations specifically designed to protect the safety of the groundwater” and that this failure to act “despite frequent promises to protect the public, has in fact served as a governmental cover-up of environmental contamination caused by the oil and gas industry”. disclaimer: This article: Canadian Scientist Files Fracking Lawsuit Against EnCana was posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 9:08 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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