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Judge rules not to extend SWN injunction against shale gas protesters

A police vehicle is seen in Rexton, N.B. as RCMP began enforcing an injunction to end an ongoing demonstration against shale gas exploration in eastern New Brunswick on Oct. 17, 2013.
A police vehicle is seen in Rexton, N.B. as RCMP began enforcing an injunction to end an ongoing demonstration against shale gas exploration in eastern New Brunswick on Oct. 17, 2013. Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

MONCTON – A Moncton judge has ruled against a request by SWN to extend a court injunction against shale gas protesters in Rexton, N.B.

READ MORE: Complete coverage of the shale gas protests in New Brunswick

The injunction, which SWN obtained on Oct. 3, was to remove protesters who were blocking access to SWN equipment needed for shale gas exploration.

SWN Resources had asked for the injunction to be extended indefinitely.

BELOW: Full decision released by the court on Oct. 21, 2013

BELOW: The original SWN injunction decision

Court injunction dated Oct. 3.
Court injunction dated Oct. 3. Laura Brown/Global News
Court injunction dated Oct. 3.
Court injunction dated Oct. 3. Laura Brown/Global News
Court injunction dated Oct. 3.
Court injunction dated Oct. 3. Laura Brown/Global News

It was hoped talks between the protesters — which included members of the nearby Elsipogtog First Nation and other First Nations, the company and the government — would help the situation come to a peaceful end.

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WATCH: Elsipogtog First Nation leaders criticize RCMP over anti-shale protest crackdown

The injunction was due to expire on Friday, and RCMP acted on it Thursday morning. Police clashes with protesters led to 40 arrests after five RCMP vehicles were torched.

SWN claimed it has lost $60,000 a day while access to its equipment has been blocked.

With files from Nick Logan and Laura Brown

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