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Fracking Immunity: Holding regulators accountable - Oct 22, 2013

Jessica Ernst says she could light her water on fire as it came out of the tap from her well in rural Rosebud, AB. She blames fracking for her problems but her attempts to sue Alberta’s Energy Regulator have hit a snag: the regulator has immunity.

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