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Council of Canadians at Unity Gathering in Elsipogtog

Photo: Angela Giles and Elsipogtog Warrior Chief John Levi.Halifax-based Council of Canadians regional organizer Angela Giles will be at the ‘Unity Gathering’ at the Elsipogtog First Nation on Saturday July 5.

The call-out notice for the gathering says, “Calling all people who are concerned about shale gas development! Join us in the spirit of peace and friendship for meeting and sharing. Our goal is to strengthen relationships and prepare ourselves for the upcoming season.”

It also notes, “At the end of the day we will go to visit the site of a proposed well pad and plant markers to indicate the reclaiming of Mi’kmaq stewardship of the land.”

In April, CBC reported, “SWN Resources Canada intends to drill four exploratory wells in the next phase of its exploration program for potential shale gas development in New Brunswick. …It will be surveying land and doing other preparations for drilling the exploratory wells (this year). It expects the (exploratory) wells to be drilled in (the summer of) 2015. …Two of the exploratory wells are planned for Kent County, in Saint-Charles and Galloway. The other two are planned for Queens County, in the vicinity of Bronston Settlement Road and the Pangburn area.”

The July 5 gathering is being hosted by the New Brunswick Environmental Network, Kopit Lodge, Our Environment-Our Choice, Upriver Environment Watch, the Council of Canadians, the Maritime Conference of the United Church, and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

The Council of Canadians has called for a ban on fracking in New Brunswick. The Council of Canadians has visited the Elsipogtog First Nation on numerous occasions now and expressed our solidarity and continued commitment to protect water and stop SWN from fracking on their territory. 

Giles will also be in Elsipogtog on July 18-20 for a non-violent direct action training.

Photo: Angela Giles and Elsipogtog Warrior Chief John Levi.