The Fredericton chapter at yesterday's protest against fracking.
CTV reports, "Opponents (are stepping) up efforts to stop shale gas exploration (in New Brunswick), mainly over concerns about what it could do to drinking water. Protesters returned to Route 126 near Moncton on Friday, two days after three demonstrators were arrested at the site."
The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter was present at yesterday's demonstration. Protests have been held every day since thumper trucks appeared on the road on Tuesday. Protesters have been stopping these trucks from doing seismic testing for SWN Resources in Kent County.
CTV also reports, "Susan Levi-Peters of the Elsipogtog First Nation says it’s a matter of not being consulted about shale gas exploration in a meaningful way. ...Maxime Daigle owns a property close to where the seismic testing is headed. Daigle says the government does not have a social licence to issue exploration permits. ...Ronald Babin, an environmental sociology professor at University de Moncton, says the public is growing increasingly concerned about the issue. ...Dr. Leo Picard, a doctor at the George Dumont Hospital in Moncton, says the medical community has serious concerns about fracking and he had hoped to see more attention paid to a report by the province’s chief medical officer. ...(And) Brad Walters, a professor of environmental studies at Mount Allison University, predicts the number and size of fracking protests will only increase. 'A combination of things coming together here…there is this network of over 30 groups across the province who are talking to each other and are very strongly opposed to shale gas development', says Walters."