RCMP arrest 12 more demonstrators at NB shale gas protest

Protesters were arrested for blocking traffic on Route 126 south of Rogersville

CBC News, June 21, 2013New Brunswick gas protest police line

Twelve people were arrested during shale gas protests on Route 126 in New Brunswick Friday.

RCMP confirmed that at about 2:30 p.m., five women and three men were arrested for blocking traffic on the road south of Rogersville. Shortly before 4 p.m., three more men and another woman were arrested, bringing Friday’s total to 11.

One man threw himself in front of a seismic testing truck and was dragged away by police.

Police have lined up along the road to keep protesters off the highway. Police had shut the highway down, but traffic is moving again.

Premier David Alward promised Thursday to improve communications surrounding the controversy.

Fracking controversy

SWN Resources Canada is conducting seismic testing in Kent County. The company is trying to determine if a shale gas industry is viable in the area. SWN says the seismic tests are harmless. If there is enough gas, SWN could extract it using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Hydraulic fracturing is a process where exploration companies inject a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground, creating cracks in shale rock formations to extract natural gas from areas that would otherwise go untapped.

Before Friday, there had been 21 people arrested during the anti-shale gas protests.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2013/06/21/nb-protest-arrests-shale-gas.html

Posted on June 21, 2013, in Oil & Gas and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. WE DID NOT BLOCK ANY TRAFICK! THE POLICE DID!! WE ONLY SANG AND PRAYED NEXT TO THE ROAD, NEXT TO THE SEISMICK TESTING TRUCKS AND SOME PEOPLE STOPPED THE TRUCKS AND GOT ARRESTED FOR IT. BUT WE DID NOT STOP ANY TRAFICK!

  2. JOHNNY WILCOX

    IF YOU PEOPLE WOULD HAVE ANY ECOMOMY I COULD SEE THIS BUT YOU ARE THE POOREST PROVINCE IN CANADA WHY WOULD YOU NOT WANT GROWTH.OH I SEE ITS OK IN THE WEST BUT NOT HERE HOW ABOUT THE WEST STOP SENDING MONEY TO YOUR PROVINCE THEN WHAT. I KNOW WEFARE

    • Perhaps they don’t want “growth” because it will destroy their land and water. I doubt any of the protesters think “growth” is ok in the west. And what is “wefare”?

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