RCMP move in on Mi’kmaq fracking protesters in New Brunswick

canada.com

Violence broke out near Rexton, N.B., Thursday as RCMP moved in on a group of First Nations protesting a shale gas project in New Brunswick.

At least 40 people have been arrested for “various offences including firearms offences, uttering threats, intimidation, mischief and for refusing to abide by a court injunction,” said the RCMP.

For months now, the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation has been protesting shale gas exploration in the province. An injunction was issued two weeks ago against a blockade — which had spilled out onto Route 134, near Rexton — set up in front of a SWN Resources Canada compound. The oil exploration company has been performing seismic testing in New Brunswick, a precursor to actual shale fracking.

Elsipogtog councillor Robert Levi told the Canadian Press that RCMP officers have sprayed “dozens” of people with pepper spray.

“The chief was manhandled a little bit and all hell broke loose,” said Levi.

View original post 532 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s