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Monday March 11 2013
01:00 PM

Award Winning Scientist, Jessica Ernst To Give Talk On "Fracking" March 11th MAYNOOTH 1PM then DUBLIN 7PM

category national | environment | event notice author Monday February 25, 2013 17:58author by Meg Report this post to the editors

Award winning scientist, Jessica Ernst, a 55 year old Canadian with 30 years oil and gas industry experience, is suing the Alberta government, Alberta energy regulator, the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), and EnCana for negligence and unlawful activities related to hydraulic fracturing. The technology has become the subject of serious government investigations throughout North America due to surface and groundwater contamination.

Jessica is giving a series of talks on fracking around Ireland and England from March 2nd to March 11th, Taking in Leitrim, Clare, Belfast, Maynooth, Dublin, Lancs, London

PRESS RELEASE
18th February, 2013.

Jessica Ernst to present "Fracking Community Actions and Omissions
Speak Louder than Words"
, March 2nd to March 11th


Award winning scientist, Jessica Ernst, a 55 year old Canadian with 30 years oil and gas industry experience, is suing the Alberta government, Alberta energy regulator, the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), and EnCana for negligence and unlawful activities related to hydraulic fracturing. The technology has become the subject of serious government investigations throughout North America due to surface and groundwater contamination.
Ms. Ernst’s statement of claim alleges that EnCana broke multiple provincial laws and regulations and contaminated a shallow aquifer that supplied drinking water to the Rosebud community with natural gas and toxic industry-related chemicals. The claim methodically reports how Alberta’s two key groundwater regulators, Alberta Environment and the ERCB, failed to follow the investigation and enforcement processes that they had established and publicized.

In Report 2011-A, the ERCB disclosed that the potential for hydraulic fracturing to contaminate useable water aquifers with fracturing fluid chemicals and natural gas is a real risk and public issue, especially in shallow zones. In a 2012 report, the ERCB and Alberta Environment admitted that hydraulic fracturing contaminated fresh groundwater in September 2011, while telling the public for over a year that fracturing in Alberta had never contaminated groundwater. The regulators in Alberta publicly claim to be "World Class" with "Best in the World" regulations, yet in a recent court hearing and legal brief filed for the Ernst case, the ERCB argued it owes "no duty of care" to Albertans or groundwater, and continues to permit EnCana to hydraulically fracture more gas wells in the fresh water zone near the Ernst water well, and others dangerously contaminated in her community.

A series of presentations on the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing, or "Fracking" will take place in Leitrim, Ennis, (Co.Clare), Belfast, Lytham St. Annes, Lancs., Balcombe, Sussex, and three venues in Dublin from March 2nd, to March 11th. This is a rare opportunity to hear from someone who has lived on both sides of this issue describe their experiences on the fracking frontline. She will discuss her own case, the impact of this industry upon her own community and why she believes no healthy society should ever permit hydraulic fracturing.

Jessica Ernst, M.Sc., is travelling from Rosebud , Alberta, to Ireland, Northern Ireland, and to two events in England, at the invitation of concerned residents living in areas which are the subject of Options Licenses in the ROI, and licensed areas in England

In 2010, she was awarded the "Woman of Courage" award by UNANIMA International, a UN Economic and Social Council accredited NGO, for her efforts to hold companies accountable for environmental harm done by "fracking".

The presentation schedule is as follows:

· Saturday 2nd March, 7pm,
presentation of "Fracking Community" in Leitrim Village Community Centre, Leitrim Village, near Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

· Monday 4th March, 8pm
presentation of "Fracking Community" in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare.

· Wednesday 6th March, 7pm
presentation of "Fracking Community" in Peter Froggatt Center, Queens University, Belfast.

· Thursday 7th March
United Reformed Church, St George's Rd. St. Anne's, Lancs., FY8 2AE

· Friday 8th March, 8pm to 10pm
Balcombe Church of England Primary School, London Road, Balcombe, RH17 6HS

· Sunday 10th March,
"Our Natural Resources - Not for Sale".
Jessica Ernst will speak at this event, -
11.00 -- 4.00 in the Gresham Hotel on O'Connell St,
hosted by Richard Boyd Barrett TD & Chair of Save our Seafront
with speakers from Norway, An Taisce, SIPTU, The
Woodlands League and more

· Monday 11th March, 1pm
NUI Maynooth, Hall E, Arts Block, NUIM. Location map HERE


· Monday 11th March, from 7-9pm, Smock Alley Theatre, Templebar Dublin

author by Laurence Cox - MA Community Education, Equality and Social Activismpublication date Fri Mar 01, 2013 20:57Report this post to the editors



*****Advanced notice*****

Challenging the Gas Industry
Actions Speak Louder than Words across continents:

Canadian Scientist Jessica Ernst & Meg Rybicki on Fracking Community
Criostoir Mac Cuirc on Shell To Sea

When: 11 March, 1pm (sharp!)
Where: Hall E, Arts Block, NUIM
(#35 / 6B on http://www.nuim.ie/location/maps/CampusMapNorth.pdf)

Speakers:

Award winning scientist, Jessica Ernst, a 55 year old Canadian scientist with 30 years oil and gas industry experience, is suing the Alberta government, energy regulator - the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), and EnCana for negligence and unlawful activities related to hydraulic fracturing. The technology has become the subject of serious government investigations throughout North America due to surface and groundwater contamination.

Meg Rybicki is a member of the Northwest Network Against Fracking since June 2011 who’s activities include awareness raising, campaigning, lobbying politicians and councillors to ban fracking in Ireland. Meg is very involved in organising music and arts events that incorporate awareness raising on renewable energy, alternative energy and permaculture, such as O.G.A.M festival and Feile Na Pobal in Tipperary. Meg is coordinating Jessica’s speaking tour around Ireland and the UK.

Criostoir Mac Cuirc is a member of Dublin Shell to Sea. A Dublin native Criostoir has been a spokesperson for the group since 2011 and continues to be involved in many aspects of the campaign. Dublin Shell to Sea was set up in 2005 to support the struggle in Mayo against Shell and the Corrib Gas Project. The gas project, directed by a consortium of companies led by Royal Dutch Shell, seeks to bring unrefined gas ashore and to pump it 9km inland through an inhabited area to a refinery located on a boggy hill.

Admission free- all welcome

Organised by No Fracking Dublin in conjunction with CEESA (MA Community Education, Equality & Social Activism) and The Common Room (NUIM soc)

 
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