Judge rules not to extend SWN injunction against shale gas protesters
MONCTON – A Moncton judge has ruled against a request by SWN to extend a court injunction against shale gas protesters in Rexton, N.B.
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: The original SWN injunction paperwork
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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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