RCMP enforce injunction against blockade
REXTON, N.B. - The RCMP say they are enforcing a court injunction issued against shale gas protesters blocking a highway in New Brunswick.
The injunction was granted earlier this month to end the blockade of a SWN Resources compound on Highway 134 near Rexton.
The protesters, who include members of the Elsipogtog (ell-see-book-took) First Nation, want the energy company to stop seismic testing and leave the province.
Last week, Premier David Alward and Chief Arren Sock agreed to set up a working group to find a resolution and the RCMP decided not to enforce the injunction.
Opponents of the shale gas sector say the process used to extract the resource â€” hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking â€” could pollute drinking water.
But proponents of the industry say such concerns are overblown and don't take into account the possibility of replacing coal and oil with cleaner burning natural gas.