Federal officials in Canada closely monitored the consequences of a police raid on a protest by First Nations against shale-gas drilling in New Brunswick, as fears grew that it may spur the formation of another national movement like Idle No More.
Several emails have been leaked out that indicate that heavy monitoring was done on a blockage in a location near Rexton, N.B., which is approximately 70km to the north of Moncton. Individuals belonging to the Elsipogtog First Nation, who expressed concern about the environmental effect of extracting shale gas, refused permission to the energy firm SWN Resources to explore for shale gas within their territory, reported News1130.
Law enforcement officials applied an injunction on October 17 in order to halt the occupation of a compound where exploration equipment was stored. The early-morning invasion resulted in violent fights between protesters and officers. At the end of the day, 40 people were arrested, while six police cars were set on fire.
As the situation developed, a government functionary compiled a sent an email that reported “growing support of protesters by first nation communities as well as other organizations across Canada”.
According to Alain Paquet, Public Safety Canada’s director of operations: “An ‘Idle No More” like movement of protests is reportedly being planned starting tomorrow”. We will keep you informed through our Situation Reports…”
The Government Operations Centre, a unit of Public Safety Canada, sent daily reports outlining the planned protests countrywide.
The protests faded after SWN Resources, which is headquartered in Texas, halted its drilling work and exited the area in December. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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