NB premier wants fracking moratorium by Christmas

More information needed before allowing it to go ahead.

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says his government will introduce legislation for a moratorium on fracking for shale gas during the upcoming legislature session and he wants it passed by Christmas.

The Liberals, who won a majority government in the September election, campaigned on a promise to bring in a moratorium, saying more information is needed before allowing shale gas fracking to continue.

Gallant says if the legislation isn’t passed by the Christmas break, he’ll reconvene the legislature early in the new year.

Bruce Fitch, the Opposition Progressive Conservative leader, says he is reserving judgment until he sees the legislation.

But Fitch says if the moratorium threatens to hurt the energy industry and force businesses to shut down, his party will oppose it.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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