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Shale Gas Truck Seized By Elsipogtog First Nation Warriors

5 Jun

Protest leader John Levi, a warrior chief in Elsipogtog First Nation, wants SWN Resources Canada to pack up its seismic testing eqiupment and leave. (CBC)

from CBC News

A shale gas exploration company’s service vehicle was surrounded and seized by a group of self-described native warriors near Elsipogtog First Nation in so called “New Brunswick” on Tuesday, Royal Canadian Mounted Police say.

The truck driver was confronted at a gas bar along Route 116 during the lunch hour, police said, referring to it as a peaceful incident.

RCMP would not confirm who owns the truck, but it has a Stantec logo on its doors. Stantec is a Fredericton-based engineering firm doing work for SWN Resources Canada, a major industry player in the province.

RCMP described the incident as peaceful.

Elsipogtog Chief Aaron Sock had said earlier in the day his council does not welcome SWN’s seismic testing in New Brunswick.

SWN spokeswoman Tracey Stephenson described the incident as a “security event” involving one of the company’s subcontractors.

The protest in Elsipogtog continued into the evening Tuesday at the local RCMP detachment, where the truck containing seismic testing equipment was taken after protesters had seized it at a gas station along Route 116 during the lunch hour.

About 65 people, including children, gathered around the truck in a bid to keep it from being moved from the RCMP parking lot.

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