Jessica Ernst legal battle: Alberta will not appeal ruling: “After seven arduous years a stunning victory stands. The truth will have its day in court.”

Jessica Ernst legal battle: Alberta will not appeal ruling by John Cotter, Canadian Press, December 9, 2014, Beaconnews.ca
ROSEBUD, Alta. — Alberta will not appeal a court ruling that says a woman can sue the province over hydraulic fracturing she alleges has so badly contaminated her well that the water can be set on fire.
Jessica Ernst began legal action against Alberta’s energy regulator and Calgary-based energy company Encana in 2007…. Last month, Chief Justice Neil Wittmann of Court of Queen’s Bench dismissed the government’s application to strike it from the lawsuit.
An Alberta Justice spokeswoman gave no reason for the government’s decision not to appeal.
Ernst alleges fracking…released hazardous amounts of chemicals such as methane into her well and that her concerns were not properly investigated.
She says she is delighted and surprised by the province’s decision not to appeal and is looking forward to reading the government’s statement of defence.
“After seven arduous years a stunning victory stands,” Ernst said Tuesday from her home in Rosebud. “The truth will have its day in court.”
In its statement of defence, Encana has denied all of Ernst’s allegations.
In September, the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld another ruling that said Ernst could not include the province’s energy regulator in her lawsuit.
Ernst said she is seeking leave to appeal the September ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada. [Emphasis added]
Alberta will not appeal court ruling that allows lawsuit over fracking by John Cotter, The Canadian Press, December 9, 2014, Calgary Herald
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