The premier of the Canadian province of New Brunswick, Brian Gallant (left) and Energy Minister Donald Arseneault announced a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New Brunswick on Thursday (December 18).
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Canadian province of New Brunswick announces moratorium on fracking

The premier of Canada’s Atlantic coast province of New Brunswick announced on Thursday (December 18) his government is imposing a moratorium on hydraulic fracking until five conditions are met.

“We have been clear from day one that we will impose a moratorium until risks to the environment, health and water are understood,” said Premier Brian Gallant at a morning press conference, accompanied by Energy Minister Donald Arseneault .

Stephanie Merrill of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick welcomed the legislation. “It’s really refreshing to see the Premier be so concerned about the environment and our water,” and said she hoped the moratorium would be permanent.

A spokesperson for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said the industry is disappointed with the government’s decision.

RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda has a report.

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More information:
CBC News – Shale gas moratorium details unveiled by Brian Gallant – here
Global News – NB government to introduce fracking moratorium – here
Globe and Mail – New Brunswick introduces fracking moratorium – here
CBC/Robert Jones report (October, 2014) – Subtle language change – here

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