Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ann Craft's Fracking Nightmare: A Top Lawyer's Startling Counsel

From:  The Tyee

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Dec 2014,
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racking amazed: Ann Craft's son was shocked that a top legal insider 'would be so bold about how the law works in favour of oil companies in Alberta or Canada.' Image: Shutterstock.

Albertan's son, seeking legal help, records an insider's blunt advice on how petro giants and regulators fend off lawsuits.
In fall 2013 Brent O'Neil*, a veteran global oil and gas driller, went in search of a lawyer to help his mother, realtor Ann Craft. 

For the last two years she's been embroiled with a fight with the province's regulators over two separate incidents as exclusively reported by The Tyee yesterday. 

In 2012, a seismic-like event lifted up the deck of his mother's mobile home in central Alberta. It damaged her property and even changed the topography of her land. 

Both O'Neil and Craft suspect that the shallow gas drilling and fracking program for four nearby coal seam wells by Houston-based Quicksilver Resources at the time probably accounted for the seismic event. Quicksilver denies any role.  MORE

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