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SWN's thumpers sit idle in Moncton rock quarry

4 day 'cool off' period, with announcement expected Wednesday

by Miles Howe

SWN's not thumping. Equipment sits parked in Moncton rock quarry. [Photo: M. Howe]
SWN's not thumping. Equipment sits parked in Moncton rock quarry. [Photo: M. Howe]

ELSIPOGTOG, NEW BRUNSWICK - Monday, June 17th, finds the clash of SWN Resources Canada's desire to seismic test in Kent County - and those determined to stop them - in the third day of a four day 'cool off period'.

While it cannot be confirmed, sources close to the Indian Act chiefs of New Brunswick have noted that high level negotiations between the province of New Brunswick, SWN Resources Canada and the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs New Brunswick are currently ongoing. These same sources indicate that an announcement is slated for Wednesday, June 19th.

It can be visually confirmed that SWN's seismic trucks, or 'thumpers', are currently sitting idle in a rock quarry outside of Moncton, New Brunswick, approximately 80 kilometres south of the sacred fire encampment still stationed at the junction of highways 126 and 116 west. They have not worked along highway 126 since breaking through the sacred fire encampment under RCMP escort on Friday, June 14th. Surveillance of another possible job site about 7 kilometres west yielded no indication that they had been working there either. 


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