Photo by Richard Augustine
There was a protest yesterday afternoon against fracking in New Brunswick. The Facebook event page says, “This is another step in the escalating protest against the Government of NB’s decision to allow this very dangerous industry to proceed without the approval of most NBers. …Bring flags, banners, placards, food, water, drums, songs, instruments, prayers, hopes, and your neighbours, kids, and friends.” This protest follows the blocking of a fracking-truck by Elsipogtog First Nation activists on Tuesday.
The Council of Canadians expresses its full solidarity with those opposing fracking in New Brunswick.
Photo by Ray MacMullin
This past February, a media release noted, “The Fredericton Chapter of the Council of Canadians and 16 organizations and community association across New Brunswick are demanding that the case for a moratorium be reopened and revised by an independent panel of scientists with no conflict of interest with industry.” Last November, Atlantic organizer Angela Giles joined with the newly-formed Fredericton chapter at a 400-person march and rally against fracking at the opening session of the New Brunswick legislature. And CBC has reported, “Maude Barlow, chairperson of the Council of Canadians, cautioned against what she described as the New Brunswick government’s ‘love affair’ with fracking. Barlow said fracking is a threat to Canada’s water supply.”
Last year, the Council of Canadians commissioned a poll that found that 66 per cent of people in Atlantic Canada support a moratorium on fracking.
For more, please read:
NEWS: Elsipogtog First Nation activists stop fracking truck in New Brunswick
UPDATE: Fredericton chapter calls for provincial fracking moratorium
400 people rallied at NB Legislature for opening of fall session
UPDATE: Council supports legal challenge against fracking in New Brunswick
NEWS: Barlow tells Alward government to end its ‘love affair’ with fracking in New Brunswick
NEWS: New Brunswick government rejects moratorium on fracking
NEWS: Most Canadians oppose natural gas fracking