New Brunswick Plans to Close 2014 With Fracking Moratorium
New Brunswick’s newly-elected government hopes to adopt a moratorium on natural gas fracking by the end of this month.
“I’m very optimistic we’ll be able to pass these things before the holidays and if not, we’ll certainly come back as early as possible in the new year to ensure that everything does get passed,” said Premier Brian Gallant.
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“The Liberals, who won a majority government in the September election, campaigned on a promise to bring in a moratorium, saying more information is needed before allowing shale gas fracking to continue,” iPolitics reports. Now, the province “will refuse to approve permits for hydraulic fracturing if the legislation is not passed by the end of the year.”