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New Brunswick to proceed with shale gas industry, premier vows in throne speech – Cape Breton Post

November 06, 2013

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative government is promising to forge ahead with shale gas development as it enters the final year of its mandate, shrugging off fierce opposition from critics who are accusing it of ignoring their concerns.

Premier David Alward placed an emphasis on resources development in what is expected to be his final throne speech before an election set for September 2014.

Alward said while the industry is only in the exploration phase, there will be extensive public consultation if energy companies decide develop the province’s shale gas.

“That work continues to take place, which is very important, but it does send a message that we have full intention to develop that resource” Alward told a news conference prior to the speech Thursday.

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