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New Brunswick fracking meetings begin tonight

June 6, 2012  By The Canadian Press

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.


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.

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