Alberta landowner takes fight with energy regulator back to court

Andrew Nikiforuk

Does Alberta's oil and gas regulator owe a "duty of care" to Alberta landowners affected by the growing industrial footprint of hydraulic fracturing operations? Or can a regulator refuse to listen to the concerns of landowners and citizens, possibly violating their Charter rights? These are the questions facing a panel of three Alberta appeal court justices tomorrow in Calgary as Jessica Ernst's lawsuit slowly marches its way through Canada's legal system.