Monday, October 21, 2013

Fracking tensions should worry West

Photograph by: Andrew Vaughan, The Canadian Press
Fracking tensions should worry West

By Stephen Ewart, Calgary Herald October 19, 2013

A camouflaged police officer looking down the scope of a high-powered rifle has become the picture of stakeholder engagement in the fracking debate in Canada.

For the oil and gas industry - which puts so much emphasis on the need for a social licence to operate - the optics of snipers, burned-out police cruisers and the tense standoff between RCMP and First Nations protesters in New Brunswick this week could hardly be worse. The Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog have staged demonstrations at the site north of Moncton this summer where U.S.-headquartered SWN Resources Canada is planning seismic testing to evaluate the potential of the shale gas resource in the Maritime province.

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