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New Brunswick fracking meetings begin tonight


June 6, 2012
By The Canadian Press

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June 6, 2012, Moncton – New Brunswickers will have their say on fracking beginning this evening.

The first in a round of public meetings on proposed shale gas regulations is to take place in Chipman.

Premier David Alward says the industry will be held accountable for its actions.

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Fracking involves the use of high volumes of water and chemicals pumped into a well to fracture layers of rock to release trapped pockets of shale gas.

Critics say the process threatens water supplies – a position the industry disputes.

The provincial government has proposed to fine energy companies up to one-million dollars if they violate rules governing the oil and natural gas industry.

The proposal is among more than 100 recommendations contained in a discussion paper released last month.