New Brunswick government won’t lift fracking moratorium until conditions met

A New Brunswick flag with an anti-fracking message at a protest site near Rexton, N.B. Brion Robinson/Global News

New Brunswick’s energy and mines minister says the province won’t lift a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing until all the government’s conditions are met.

Donald Arseneault says the government is reviewing the report of a shale gas review committee that took almost a year to study the issue.

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A collection of business groups is calling on the government to lift the moratorium, which was imposed in December 2014.

They say the only way to attract investment and create jobs in the natural gas industry in New Brunswick is to lift the moratorium.

The government imposed five conditions when it imposed the moratorium, including a plan for regulations, waste-water disposal, a process to consult First Nations, a royalty structure and a so-called social licence.

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Arseneault says those conditions must be addressed before the moratorium can be lifted.

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