Tag Archives: Amanda Frank

Does Ernst & Young’s LNG Report Vindicate BC?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are credible experts who believe that, with proper regulation and enforcement, it is possible to have a trustworthy fracking industry. They also say this does not yet exist in North America. Personally, I think the industry is out of control and BC’s government is desperate to get in bed with it. Last week the government released a report from Ernst & Young (EY) which the Minister of Natural Gas Development says “British Columbians can have confidence they are benefiting from a clean, well regulated natural gas industry.” Does Ernst & Young’s LNG report vindicate BC?

Continue reading Does Ernst & Young’s LNG Report Vindicate BC?

How Fracking Impacts America’s Drinking Water

The ECOreport interviews Amanda Frank, from the from the Centre of Effective Government & Dr Allan Hoffman, former senior analysts with the DOE,  about how fracking impact’s America’s water supply

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On June 4 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment on how fracking impacts America’s drinking water.  Contrary to industry claims, the EPA admits there have been incidents of water contamination and water being withdrawn from areas where there was little water available. The authors stated the number of incidents was small, but also admitted they had limited information from which to draw that conclusion. I reached out for expert opinions from two experts. Neither was impressed by the EPA’s report on how fracking impact’s America’s water supply.

Continue reading How Fracking Impacts America’s Drinking Water

The EPA’s Painfully Inadequate Fracking Assessment

Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After five years of research, the EPA’s painfully inadequate fracking assessment has been released. “It’s a bit underwhelming,” said Amanda Frank, from the Center for Effective Government. Dr Allan Hoffman, a retired senior analyst with the Department of Energy, referred to the draft report as “disappointing.” They were referring to the extent that industry was allowed to thwart the EPA investigation. Continue reading The EPA’s Painfully Inadequate Fracking Assessment

We Really Don’t Know How Dangerous Fracking Is

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The first indication sounded like a jet plane taking off, only it kept reoccurring day and night. Then there were the blinking lights. Her taps started whistling like there was a train coming. She developed “terribly caustic burns” after bathing. Ten years later, Jessica Ernst still does not know what chemicals Encana used when they fractured into her community’s water supply. Her lawsuit against Encana and the Alberta government agencies that failed to protect her has become famous. How uncommon is her story?  A number of reports from British Columbia suggest we really don’t know how dangerous Fracking is.

Continue reading We Really Don’t Know How Dangerous Fracking Is

BC’s Requirements For Disclosing Fracking Chemicals

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Despite the problems, Dr Allan Hoffman (a retired senior executive from the US Department of Energy) believes there is simply too much money invested in the fracking revolution to stop it. With proper regulation and enforcement, he believes it is possible to reduce the number of incidents to an acceptable level. If this statement seems jarring, remember everyone who drives a car is taking an acceptable risk whenever they get behind the wheel. So how are BC’s Requirements For Disclosing Fracking Chemicals?

Continue reading BC’s Requirements For Disclosing Fracking Chemicals

The Strongest Fracking Rules in America

The ECOrteport interviews Amanda Frank, from the Centre for Effective Government about the strongest Fracking rules in America.

By Roy L Hales

Last summer Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection revealed that in 245 cases it had “determined that a private water supply was impacted by oil and gas activities.” Not too long after that, a joint study from the British Geological Survey and Durham University reported water contamination associated with 6% of Pennsylvania’s gas wells . There have been at least 122 complaints about water contamination in West Virginia. There is, as yet, no fracking in the neighboring state of Maryland, which also sit on the Marcellus Shale. The citizens of this region raised concerns about the impact development would have on “public health, the environment and quality of life.” Governor Martin O’Malley (D) responded with a interim moratorium. Maryland’s Departments of Environment and Natural Resources have been studying fracking operations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia for over three years. They have just released a report on (p 2 of attached) how fracking “can be accomplished without unacceptable risks of adverse impacts to public health, safety, the environment, and natural resources.” These are the strongest Fracking rules in America.

Continue reading The Strongest Fracking Rules in America

BC Gets A Conditional “F” In Fracking

“BC Gets A Conditional “F” In Fracking” is an ECO Radio interview with Amanda Frank, Policy Analyst for the Center for Effective Government, about what the strictest Fracking regulations in North America and then applying them to British Columbia. ©2015 Roy L Hales. A spokesperson from BC’s Oil & Gas Commission responded to my questions. Interview & commentary by Roy L Hales.

Continue reading BC Gets A Conditional “F” In Fracking

British Columbia Gets a Conditional “F” in Fracking

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Western Maryland sits on top one of the most controversial shale deposits in North America. There were 245 cases of water contamination in the neighbouring state of Pennsylvania and reports from West Virginia as well. Maryland’s Departments of Environment and Natural Resources have been studying fracking operations in these two states for over three years and just released a draft report (p 2 of attached) on how fracking “can be accomplished without unacceptable risks of adverse impacts to public health, safety, the environment, and natural resources.” These proposed rules are the strongest in the US and, using them as a criteria,  I decided to grade the LNG development in my province. British Columbia gets a conditional “F” in Fracking.

Continue reading British Columbia Gets a Conditional “F” in Fracking