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Fredericton chapter demands NB energy minister hold a town-hall meeting on fracking

The Canadian Press reports, “A group in Fredericton is calling for a public meeting to discuss the impact of a potential shale gas industry in the province. About a dozen members of the Council of Canadians stood in front of the constituency office of Energy Minister Craig Leonard today in Fredericton and left a 400-name petition seeking a town hall meeting in the city. Group spokesman Mark D’Arcy says Agriculture Minister Mike Olscamp had a similar meeting in his riding this spring and people in Fredericton deserve to get the same information. He says the capital city is surrounded by land where the gas companies want to explore. Most of the people in the group carried anti-shale gas signs.”

The Council of Canadians has worked to win a moratorium on fracking in New Brunswick by:

  • delivering $500 of material aid (sleeping bags, lanterns, coolers and more) to the Sacred Fire camp at Highway 126 and Route 116

  • participating in an direct action which attempted to stop the seismic-testing ‘thumper’ trucks

  • generating 1200 letters to the provincial Ombudsman through an on-line action alert

  • expressing solidarity with Warrior Chief John Levi and others at the Sacred Fire protest

  • regularly attending the recent protests on the highway

  • challenging claims by the provincial government that reports by two scientists backed their claim that a moratorium is not required

  • protesting outside the opening of the New Brunswick legislature last November

  • participating in last year’s ‘Global Frackdown’ action in Fredericton

  • sharing information across the country to build awareness, solidarity and support

  • and much more.