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Judge to rule on injunction to stop N.B. shale testing

SWN says granting an injunction would cause the company about $54,000 for each day crews and trucks are not able to do their work



FREDERICTON—A judge in New Brunswick is expected to rule today on an application by the Elsipogtog First Nation for an injunction to stop seismic testing for shale gas.

Judge Judy Clendenning reserved her decision in the Court of Queen’s Bench last week.

In an affidavit, Elsipogtog Chief Aaron Sock says he has been told that members of his community and other First Nations will respond if SWN Resources continues its exploration and the RCMP are present.

But Richard Williams, representing New Brunswick’s attorney general and the minister of energy and mines, told the judge an injunction should not be granted based on hearsay that something might happen.

The company’s lawyer said that SWN Resources, whose proposal to search for shale gas in the province has sparked protests, is not violating anyone’s rights by conducting seismic testing.

SWN says granting an injunction would cause the company about $54,000 for each day crews and trucks are not able to do their work.

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