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Elsipogtog First Nation v. Fracking, NB, Canada


From late May to August 2013, The Miqmaq community of Elsipogtog in New Brunswick has maintained a sacred fire and a blockade near the junction of highways 126 and 116 west to symbolize a new boundary for fracking in the area.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Elsipogtog First Nation v. Fracking, NB, Canada
State or province:New Brunswick
Location of conflict:Elsipogtog First Nation, Moncton, Kent County
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Shale gas fracking
Specific commodities:Natural Gas
Project Details and Actors
Project details

According to the Premier of the province, new regulations for fracking include a requirement for exploratory wells to have a double casing to protect surrounding groundwater. Oil and gas companies also have to buy $10 million in liability insurance to cover personal injury or damage to property or the environment.

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Project area:1000000
Level of Investment for the conflictive project45000000
Type of populationRural
Company names or state enterprises:Southwestern Energy Resources from Canada
Relevant government actors:New Brunswick Government, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Military
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Mikmaq nation, Idle No More, The Kahnawake Warrior Society, Miqmaq Warrior Society, Council of Canadians, Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Social movements
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Land occupation
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Property damage/arson
Threats to use arms
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Desertification/Drought, Fires, Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Health ImpactsVisible: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Potential: Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Militarization and increased police presence, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Criminalization of activists
Strengthening of participation
Proposal and development of alternatives:Asking for a moratorium on fracking and recognition of their right to free prior and informed consent over projects in their territory.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Currently the company has withdrawn but plans to try to re-enter the territory soon.
Sources & Materials

Tensions escalating in northern New Brunswick as anti-fracking protest continues, APTN
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New Brunswick Government, Natural Gas
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No need to worry about shale gas testing: New Brunswick premier, National Post
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New Brunswick: truck seizure, road block, ends peacefully despite RCMP negotiation failure.
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Elsipogtog anti-fracking protester: no more games
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

People arrested at Anti Shale Protest on Route 126 in Kent Country
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Meta information
Contributor:Leah Temper
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:385
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