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By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press
Opponents of shale gas development, including members of the Elsipogtog First Nation, beat drums and sang in celebration Monday after a New Brunswick judge lifted an injunction that ordered them to end their blockade outside a compound owned by SWN Resources.
Suzanne Patles, one of those named in the injunction, said she believes the ruling from the Court of Queen's Bench sends a direct message to the energy company to stop exploration activities and leave the province. "They need to go the frack home and they need to realize that they are not above any law," she said outside the courthouse in Moncton.
In his decision, Judge George Rideout said the injunction was no longer required since equipment and vehicles owned by SWN Resources have been removed from the compound near Rexton and the protesters are no longer blocking the road.
Susan Levi-Peters, a former chief of Elsipogtog, said the community is ready to demonstrate wherever there is any shale gas exploration.
SWN Resources did not return a message seeking comment.
The RCMP enforced the injunction last Thursday during a violent clash that saw the seizure of weapons including improvised explosive devices and firearms, six police vehicles set on fire and 40 people arrested. The Mounties said they fired non-lethal beanbag type bullets and used pepper spray after they had Molotov cocktails tossed at them.
Elsipogtog Chief Aaron Sock criticized the Mounties for their actions and vowed to keep up the fight against shale gas exploration in the province.