An Alberta landowner has lost her bid to sue the province’s energy regulator over allegedly fracking-contaminated water, and she says B.C. should take notice.
Former energy industry scientist Jessica Ernst came to fame in the anti-fracking movement with a video that showed water on her property catching on fire, after fracking was done in her area.
While Ernst says she’s disappointed, she says there’s already massive fracking being done in Northern B.C., and those west of the Rockies should take note.
“That will spread into many parts of the north and the central parts of BC I believe. And they’ll probably even start trying to frack in the urban areas around Vancouver, based on what they’re doing everywhere else. If you look at Alberta, Pensylvania, or Colorado and Texas,” she says.
The Rosebud Ab. resident has been fighting the Alberta Energy Regulator since 2004, when she first lodged a complaint about noise and well-water concerns on her land.
She filed the lawsuit in 2007 against the regulator and Energy giant Encana alleging its fracking operation contaminated her well with methane and other chemicals, and that her concerns weren’t properly investigated.
Today the Supreme Court of Canada ruled 5-4 to reject her challenge, upholding a lower court’s decision to exempt the regulator from the case.
With files from Jeremy Lye and Alyssa Julie