MEDIA RELEASE / December 18, 2014
Sierra Club Canada applauds today's announcement of conditions for a fracking moratorium in New Brunswick. New Brunswick Premier Gallant announced tough conditions for the moratorium today, joining Nova Scotia in banning the practice.
"New Brunswickers went to the wall to obtain a fracking moratorium and the conditions announced today indicate this law will address many of their concerns," according to Gretchen Fitzgerald, Campaigns Director for the Atlantic Canada Chapter, "The government has committed to cancelling existing fracking licenses, requiring proper consultation with First Nations, and addressing community and environmental concerns."
The text of the moratorium has not been released, but the government has committed to releasing the Bill before the legislature pauses for the holidays.
"The rest of the country has been inspired by the courage and creativity of New Brunswickers as they battled fracking companies literally on their doorsteps. They raised so much hell that this became an issue that turned the tide of a provincial election," according to John Bennett, National Campaigns Director, "I hope this serves as an inspiration to others across this country that we can achieve almost impossible victories when we work together. "
For more information contact:
Sierra Club Canada Foundation - Atlantic Canada Chapter
1649 Barrington St., 2nd Floor (The Hub)
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z9
Shale gas moratorium details unveiled by Brian Gallant, CBC News (December 18, 2014)