RCMP arrest 12 anti-shale gas protesters in New Brunswick

Demonstration is being held on Route 126 near Harcourt

CBC News, June 14, 2013New Brunswick gas protest 3

The RCMP have arrested 12 anti-shale gas protesters on Route 126 near Harcourt, N.B., on Friday morning.

The protesters have been holding demonstrations and blocking roads in Kent County for more than a week.

RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah said a small number of people tried to block work crews in the area.

“They were attempting to block the heavy equipment from travelling on the road. Now the people who were doing so were breaking the law and they were informed that they were breaking the law and that they needed to move,” Farrah said.

“They refused and 12 people were arrested, so of those people there were seven men and five women.”

One of 12 people arrested in New Brunswick during anti-fracking protest, June 14, 2013.

One of 12 people arrested in New Brunswick during anti-fracking protest, June 14, 2013.

The road has since been cleared and Farrah says there have been no further incidents.

As of Thursday, Public Safety Minister Robert Trevors said there had been nine arrests associated with the anti-shale gas protests in the area.

SWN Resources Canada is conducting seismic testing in Kent County.


Arrests made at sacred fire protest in New Brunswick

APTN National News,  June 14, 2013

Twelve people were arrested Friday morning by the RCMP at the site of a sacred fire as part of an on-going protest in New Brunswick over seismic testing in the area.

RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Chantal Farrah said the arrests were made because people were attempting to block trucks and workers.

Farrah said seven men and five women were taken into custody on Route 126 outside Moncton near Elisipogtog First Nation.

The sacred fire was lit by members of Elsipogtog on June 11 beside a highway where seismic testing vehicles are searching for shale gas deposits.

Opponents of the exploration fear that once the company, SWN Resources Canada, finds shale gas, it won’t be long before it employs a controversial drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, to get at it.

Photos on social media show some of the arrests, including one that appears to be a man holding a sacred pipe, with his hands in plastic cuffs.


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