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Elsipogtog First Nation Arrested Blocking Shale Trucks During Sacred Fire

Posted on the 14 June 2013 by Earth First! Newswire @efjournal

from APTN National News

A man is arrested by the RCMP this morning near Elisipogtog First Nation. Photo courtesy @1tnb

A man is arrested by the RCMP this morning near Elisipogtog First Nation. Photo courtesy @1tnb

Twelve people were arrested Friday morning by the RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] at the site of a sacred fire as part of an on-going protest in New Brunswick over seismic testing in the area.

RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Chantal Farrah said the arrests were made because people were attempting to block trucks and workers.

Farrah said seven men and five women were taken into custody on Route 126 outside Moncton near Elsipogtog First Nation.

The sacred fire was lit by members of Elsipogtog on June 11 beside a highway where seismic testing vehicles are searching for shale gas deposits.

Opponents of the exploration fear that once the company, SWN Resources Canada, finds shale gas, it won’t be long before it employs a controversial drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, to get at it.

Photos on social media show some of the arrests, including one that appears to be a man holding a sacred pipe, with his hands in plastic cuffs.

For background on this on-going struggle, check out Shale Gas Truck Seized By Elsipogtog Native Warriors


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