N.B. shale gas drilling remains divisive; Alward says protesters breaking law

Global News

REXTON, N.B. – Despite recent demonstrations, New Brunswick residents remain divided on the issue of shale gas exploration.

A large group of protesters have cut down trees across Highway 134 near Rexton, N.B. and have blocked the entrance to a compound used by SWN Resources to store equipment for shale gas exploration.

Opponents of the shale gas industry say they fear gas wells pose a danger to groundwater.

People showing up at the roadblock Thursday morning said they came to show their support.

“People should stand up for themselves,” said Linda Richard. “We have a right to health and freedom and healthy water.”

But not everyone shares Richard’s opinion.

Just down the street from the blockade, some residents said shale gas drilling wouldn’t be so bad if it were done properly.

“If they could take care of the drilling and all that, and assure people that nothing will happen to the…

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