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Questions swirl over N.B. Liberals’ position on shale gas fracking

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, left, and New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant hold a joint news conference in Calgary on Oct. 20, 2014.
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, left, and New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant hold a joint news conference in Calgary on Oct. 20, 2014. Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government is facing accusations that it is wavering on its promise to implement a moratorium on shale gas fracking.

Premier Brian Gallant was elected just over a month ago on a promise to implement a moratorium on fracking until more is known about ways to safeguard water, public health and the environment.

But critics say the government may be straying from that position after the province’s energy minister was quoted in the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal saying a “regional” moratorium is an option the government is considering.

Gallant says his government is talking to energy companies and other jurisdictions that have imposed moratoriums before deciding what such a measure would look like in his province.

NDP Leader Dominic Cardy says the Liberals were vague on their policy in an effort to win votes.

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Corridor Resources president Steve Moran says his company needs to continue to drill and frack wells in the province and he is encouraged the government is taking the time to talk to the energy industry.

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