Fracking Lawyer to Judge: 'You can't let this suit go forward. It will expose all of the crimes the industry has committed.'Submitted by barracuda_trader on Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:53
Alberta Moves to Strike Down Ernst's Fracking Lawsuit
Landmark case could spark a flood of litigation against the province, lawyer argues.
An Alberta government lawyer argued in court this week that Jessica Ernst's lawsuit on hydraulic fracturing and groundwater contamination should be struck down on the grounds that it would open a floodgate of litigation against the province.
"There could be millions or billions of dollars worth of damages," argued Crown counsel Neil Boyle.
Seven years ago, oil patch consultant Ernst sued Alberta Environment, the Energy Resources Conservation Board and Encana, one of Canada's largest shale gas drillers, over the contamination of her well water and the failure of government authorities to properly investigate the contamination.
The $33-million lawsuit alleges that Encana was negligent in the fracking of shallow coal seams; that the ERCB breached Ernst's freedoms under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and that Alberta Environment performed a problem-plagued investigation in bad faith.