NB Premier Brian Gallant wants fracking moratorium in place before Christmas break

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.Energy East refinery’s benefits questioned in new reportBy erecting new hurdles for Energy East, Quebec is caving to pipeline opponentsBut Fitch says if the moratorium threatens to hurt the energy industry and force businesses to shut down, his party will oppose it.The fall legislative session — the first for Gallant as premier — starts Wednesday with a throne speech. read more