Whats a Frack Ban for? – Canada versus Ireland

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What’s a Frack Ban For? For Country, Security, Public Health, Safe Food & Drinking Water! For Communities, Farm & Family and Democracy! What Does Fracking Bring? Lots of Permanent Harms, Eradication of Long Term Jobs, “Widespread industrialisation, permanent environmental degradation, and severe damage to public health.”

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Canada, – news from Jessica Ernst – earthquakes, farmers, moratorium

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In my view, one of the best frac articles out yet.  Thank you andrew nikiforuk, thank you barb ryan and gail atkinson!


Did Alberta Just Break a Fracking Earthquake World Record?
Regulator says drilling likely triggered 4.4 temblor.
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Did Alberta Just Break a Fracking Earthquake World Record?

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Did Alberta Just Break a Fracking Earthquake World Record?

Hydraulic fracturing, a technology used to crack open difficult oil and gas formations, appears to have set off a swarm of earthquakes near Fox Creek, Alberta, including a record-breaking tremor with a felt magnitude of 4.4 last week.
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State on Science on Harms by Fracking to Public Health and Water

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SEND TO YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND HEALTH DEPTS: State of Science on Harms by Fracking to Public Health and Water: Health Professionals, Scientists Release Analysis of 400 Peer-Reviewed Studies on Fracking along with Major Scientific Compendium Update

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Jessica Ernst – Judge Rules Landowner May Sue Gov’t in Landmark Fracking Case

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A landmark lawsuit that challenges the lax regulation of hydraulic fracturing in Canada has just scored a major victory.

In a lengthy decision, Alberta Chief Justice Neil Wittmann dismissed all key arguments made by the government of Alberta against the lawsuit of Jessica Ernst, including the fear that it may unleash a flood of lawsuits against a government that is heavily dependent on hydrocarbon revenue. Continue reading

Small city – big problems

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Canada has staked its future on the oil sands. In November, Report on Business magazine together with Thomson Reuters examine what that means both at home and abroad. Read more from the issue at tgam.ca/oil. Continue reading

Site of third gas well in East Yorkshire revealed – Rathlin Energy

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FRACKING FREE IRELAND- Brussels: ‘raise awareness with your MEPs!’
Rathlin Energy is a subsidiary of Canadian-based Connaught Oil & Gas, The EU-Canada (CETA) free trade deal – which needs to be approved by the European Parliament – contains an ISDS clause which would allow any Canadian firm to sue for any losses to its future profits.

As well as resisting attempts by Canadian companies to drill any wells, any opportunity you get, please raise this issue with your MEPs who are expected to vote on CETA sometime next year (no definitive date has yet been set). While everyone is talking about TTIP, CETA is a real Trojan Horse and it has attracted far less media attention. If this deal is approved, it may prove impossible for councils to terminate contracts with any Canadian-based fracking companies so please do all you can to raise greater awareness before it’s too late! Continue reading

TTIP – CETA: ISDS does not observe the separation of powers

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CETA: ISDS does not observe the separation of powers

Vrijschrift letter to the Members of the European Parliament International Trade committee on investor-to-state arbitration (investor-state dispute settlement, ISDS) in the EU-Canada trade agreement.

On 16 September the Parliament will discuss the EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA). We would like to inform you that the investor-to-state arbitration mechanism (ISDS) in the draft agreement does not observe the separation of powers — the foundation of our democracy. In fact, in this draft ISDS is rigged to the advantage of the United States.

In practice the US appoints the president of the World Bank. This president

– is ex officio chairman of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Administrative Council,
– proposes the ICSID secretary-general,
– appoints all three the arbitrators in appeal cases under ICSID rules.

The secretary-general of ICSID

– appoints the third arbitrator if the parties can not agree on the third one,
– will decide on conflicts of interest. (ICSID, articles 5, 10, 38, 52 and Commission, 2014, chapter 10 articles 25.2, 25.3, 25.10 and 41.5, and chapter 15 article 20.2)

The investors will be able to choose the ICSID forum. The president of the World Bank and the secretary-general of ICSID play a role in appointing arbitrators — the ISDS system does not observe the separation of powers. Moreover, these officials have a link with the US, this gives the US an unfair advantage (the US never lost an IDSD case).

This is just one example of the fundamental flaws in the ISDS system. For more see the Statement of Concern published by over 110 scholars (Scholars, 2014) and Vrijschrift (2014).

To protect our democracy it is imperative that CETA does not contain ISDS.

Yours sincerely, on behalf of Stichting Vrijschrift,

Ante Wessels Commission, 2014, CETA

Consolidated text, Version of 1 August 2014 http://power-shift.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/CETA-Consolidated-Text-EU_Doc-md259-14_from_TagesschauGermany.pdf ICSID, Convention on the settlement of investment disputes between states and nationals of other states https://icsid.worldbank.org/ICSID/StaticFiles/basicdoc/partA.htm Scholars, 2014, Statement of Concern about Planned Provisions on Investment Protection and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) https://www.kent.ac.uk/law/isds_treaty_consultation.html Vrijschrift, 2014, Shortcomings in Dutch government study on investor-state arbitration https://people.vrijschrift.org/~ante/ttip/Vrijschrift-Shortcomings-NL-study-ISDS.html